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Winners and losers of the week in LGBT Sports

Each week, Outsports’ managing editor selects big stories 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, losers and hopefuls.

Winners: This trans coach married their spouse with love, confetti and a drag queen story time

Kate Sahler and Stephen Alexander’s wedding day.
Stephen and Kate walk down the aisle, husband and wife
Bethany & Dan Photography

Stephen Alexander married Kate Sahler in a colorful wedding, along with Naomi Chomsky reading ‘Marlon Bundo.’

Losers: World Cup’s attempt to reassure LGBTQ fans they’ll be welcome in Qatar falls short

Despite reassurances that LGBTQ fans will be safe, Qatar’s strict anti-PDA policies do not create a welcoming environment.

Hopeful: A gay rower’s viral post about homophobia shows power of coming out

Simon Haerinck, a gay rower in Belgium, saw his post about homophobia in sports go viral and it inspired him to do more.

Winner: Figure skater Amber Glenn comes out as bisexual/pansexual: ‘I don’t want to hide who I am’

USA elite skater and junior national champion Amber Glenn came out in an interview.

Loser: Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler is about to become the newest supporter of ‘religious freedom’ in the U.S. Senate

Loeffler’s support for so-called religious liberty legislation stands in opposition to those shared by the organization she runs, the WNBA and a number of other Georgia businesses.

Hopeful: Fired gay radio host Seth Dunlap breaks his silence: ‘No longer am I afraid’

The out sports radio host tweeted for the first time since accusations surfaced in September, telling doubters ‘shame on you.’

Winner: Dwyane Wade uses she/her pronouns to refer to his 12-year-old child

Former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade sets an example for dads of LGBTQ kids everywhere.

Loser: Every Democratic candidate, except Elizabeth Warren (because she won Megan Rapinoe’s coveted endorsement!)

Fresh off her Sportsperson of the Year award, the USWNT star publicly announces her choice of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic primary.

Hopeful: From near tragedy, St. Bonaventure runner thrives after coming out

Dahron Wells struggled with his sexuality and it nearly cost him his life. But he’s now out and proud and helping other athletes reach their potential.

Winner: Trans athlete Chris Mosier: ‘I’m competing in the Olympic Trials!’

The transgender athlete announced on Instagram he’s registered to compete in the Men’s 50k race walk Olympic Trials for Team USA.

Losers: Lawmakers in 2 states make new efforts to restrict trans student athletes

Lawmakers in Washington State and Tennessee are the latest to try to restrict participation in sports according to a student athlete’s gender presumed at birth.

Hopeful: After telling his coming out story, Amherst’s Avery Saffold closes football career on a high note

The Amherst Mammoths’ defensive back reflects on how coming out helped make his senior year special.

Winner: This trans man is a champion bodybuilder and college freshman

Alex Tilinca won first place in the Teen Classic Physique competition this summer, beating even cisgender men.

Winner:NFL Films highlights the Gay Bowl and LGBTQ flag football in new special

The power of sports in the LGBTQ community is highlighted in this new episode of NFL Films Presents.

Winner: Gold Meets Golden brings together Olympians and entertainers for the Golden Globes

Gay Olympics fan Charley Cullen Walters has created a magical event that brings together Hollywood and Olympic athletes.

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!