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Winners and losers of the week in LGBT Sports

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Each week, Outsports’ managing editor selects big stories from the past 7 days of LGBTQ sports coverage.

Shelby Weldon

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 winners, losers and hopefuls for the past seven days.

Winner: 49ers’ Katie Sowers first woman and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history

Katie Sowers made history as a woman and LGBTQ person when the San Francisco 49ers reached the Super Bowl.

Loser: Margaret Court’s muted celebration at Australian Open

Tennis stars had mixed reactions when asked about the muted celebration of Margaret Court’s 50-year Grand Slam anniversary at the Australian Open.

Hopeful: Gender non-conforming WNBA player Layshia Clarendon says the new CBA is ‘queer-inclusive’

Connecticut Sun point guard Layshia Clarendon served on the players’ union committee that negotiated the new collective bargaining agreement with the WNBA.

Winner: BYU allows same-sex dancers to compete on campus but still upholds anti-LGBTQ policies

The Utah school’s annual ballroom dance competition finally admits same-sex couples, but Brigham Young University still stands by its repressive Honor Code.

Loser: Curt Schilling’s transphobia should keep him out of Hall of Fame

Schilling is on track to be elected to Cooperstown next year. Our Ken Schultz says: That would be a shame.

Hopeful: Uncanny Attractions’ MV Young exposing new audiences to pro wrestling through experimentation

After pairing drag and pro wrestling through Uncanny Attractions, the pansexual wrestler looks to marry New York Fashion week and no ring deathmatches on February 6.

Winners: USWNT featured in patriotic Budweiser Super Bowl ad

The USWNT is featured in Budweiser’s patriotic “Typical Americans” Super Bowl ad.

Loser: Goshen College for finally acknowledging its coach turned away Katie Sowers because she’s lesbian

As Outsports co-founder Jim Buzinski wrote in 2017, Katie Sowers asked the head basketball coach at Goshen College in 2009 if she could volunteer to coach the basketball team.

“As I was finishing college, I actually got turned down from a volunteer coaching job (basketball) because I was a lesbian. I was told “because of your lifestyle, we ask that you do not come around the team. That moment really impacted me because it was the first time I truly felt judged because of my sexual orientation. I was so passionate about coaching and to feel like my opportunities were limited because of who I loved was hard to deal with. However, without that experience I would not be where I am today.”

On Wednesday, Goshen College President Rebecca Stoltzfus released a statement on Sowers and school policies, according to WNDU:

”Sadly, in 2009, our policies and the laws of Indiana allowed for hiring decisions to consider sexual orientation,” the statement from Stoltzfus says, in part. “I am glad that Goshen College adopted a new non-discrimination policy in 2015, and I am thankful for the leaders before me who brought this change about, not the least of whom were our students and alumni.” Stoltzfus went on to say the way Goshen College treated Sowers was hurtful and wrong and offered her profound apologies to Sowers.

Hopeful: A chat with Alex Reimer, the gay sportswriter who’s now deputy managing editor at Outsports

Former sports talk radio personality Alex Reimer joined The Trans Sporter Room podcast co-hosts Dawn Ennis and Karleigh Webb for a conversation.

Winner: Reggie Bullock took on leading role for Knicks’ Pride Night

Knicks’ Pride Night had a special meaning for Bullock, who says he “stands up for the whole LGBTQ community.”

Winners: OUT Central Oregon’s Winter PrideFest promises to warm hearts

Hundreds will descend on Bend, Oregon from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 for a weekend full of winter sports, social events and community building.

Winners: Boston Pride to celebrate Pride Night in the NWHL on Feb. 15.

For the Boston Pride, celebrating LGBTQ community is ‘is not about just one game.

Winners: Chicago Blackhawks to host first-ever Pride Night and give fans rainbow socks

Chicago’s NHL team will host an honest-to-goodness, official Pride Night, in partnership with the Chicago Gay Hockey Assn. and organizers of OUT at Wrigley.

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!