At least nine times over the last decade, Outsports and its team have been nominated and received significant awards in recognition of its dedication to LGBT sports.
As a new year starts, we’ve assembled this list to coincide with the announcement of the latest honor for our team’s efforts to educate, inform and share the message that Courage Is Contagious.
In Jan. 2020, Outsports was nominated for GLAAD’s award for Outstanding Digital Journalism for our 2019 series about transgender athletes in women’s sports.
By our count, that’s our seventh GLAAD Media Award nod. Outsports and its team have also netted four journalism awards from the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, since our site’s founding in November 1999.
In our first decade, both co-founders Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler were honored by NLGJA, the Association for LGBTQ Journalists, with a 2002 second place award and a 2003 first place award for overall Excellence in New Media. A dozen years later, in 2015, Zeigler was again honored by the organization with the Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage. Contributor Erik Hall won LGBT Journalist of the Year in 2017.
But to be honest, we don’t spend time patting ourselves on the back for the work we do. However, it is reassuring to look back at our stories that national organizations have chosen out of hundreds and even thousands of submissions, for award consideration.
Still, we don’t do what we do to win awards. We cover LGBT sports to give you, our readers, the most comprehensive coverage of out athletes, coaches and team members, and to provide a supportive pathway out of the closet and into the light, where acceptance awaits.
Here are the links to the stories singled out from 2009 to present day.