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Winners and losers of the week in LGBT sports

Each week, Outsports’ managing editor selects the heroes and goats from the past 7 days of LGBTQ sports coverage.

Time once again for Outsports to stop the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s my way of memorializing the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.

I realize my roster may differ from yours, and I welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. I read them all! Details on how to reach me are below, after our look at the week’s winners and losers.

WINNER: Uncanny Attractions and RISE deliver a week full of LGBTQ pro wrestling

The two promotions featured notable LGBTQ talent such as Effy, Cassandro, Jake Atlas, Billy Dixon and Killian McMurphy.

LOSER: New Orleans detective denied warrant to arrest gay ex-radio host

Police reportedly tried to arrest Seth Dunlap on a charge of extortion, but a magistrate said there was insufficient evidence.

WINNER: For Tom Daley, fatherhood could be the road to Olympic gold

The British diving star says becoming a dad was worth the plunge.

LOSER: ‘South Park’ goes transphobic just in time for Trans Week

Yes, this is transphobia, but it’s not unexpected given the source, and it’s not really worth getting mad or upset about it.

WINNERS: USWNT can go forward with Equal Pay lawsuit

The U.S. women score another victory, this time in court against their own federation.

LOSER: NWSL’s New Spending Mechanism: “Allocation Money”

For the first time in the history of the National Women’s Soccer League, it has decided to introduce a new concept allows team owners to spend more money acquiring big stars. But to the U.S. Women’s National team, the new compensation rules are yet another slap in the face, all because of this stipulation: “Allocation money may not be used for Canadian or U.S. allocated players.” That means USWNT players who have contractually committed to the NWSL since its inception won’t see a dime.

WINNERS: USWNT stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris look back at their days in D.C.

The engaged soccer stars clashed frequently with Washington Spirit part owner Bill Lynch over policies they called homophobic.

WINNERS: Team Trans takes the ice and turns some heads

An all-trans hockey team shines in their first-ever series.

WINNERS: Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi tell intense story of playing for Russian spy due to low WNBA wages

The WNBA stars’ time playing under a Russian spy underscores the WNBA’s pay problem.

WINNER: Non-binary wrestler Sophie King’s journey from sofa-surfing to SHIMMER

‘I just became very emotionally attached partly because [pro wrestling] is now rooted in my brain to a sense of comfort and home.’ — Sophie King

WINNER: Sam Kerr Officially Signs With Chelsea

The Red Stars’ star striker will join the WSL contenders for the second half of their season.

WINNER: Gay college swimmer inspired by boyfriend to come out

Even in his darkest moments, Matthew Dynneson found the inner strength to make peace with himself.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at outsports@gmail.com Thanks!