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Thanksgiving week LGBTQ sports winners and losers

If your long holiday weekend includes lots of leftovers, take heart: here’s a fresh list right out of the oven highlighting our big stories of the last 7 days.

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This week’s list of winners and losers is the perfect antidote to Thanksgiving leftovers. Winners are Fresh, and losers are Stale.


Fresh: Northwestern football player wears a rainbow pride shirt in show of LGBTQ support

Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman
Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman
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Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman wore the Northwestern LGBTQ pride shirt ‘to work, educate and raise awareness.’


Stale: Salvation Army’s promise to help LGBTQ community needs to sound more like NFL’s

As the Salvation Army partners with the Dallas Cowboys, it should consider using the NFL’s National Coming Out Day outreach as a model.


Fresh: 7 items on my Black Friday LGBTQ sports shopping list

Much like our feast day, the day after Thanksgiving is far different this year because of the pandemic. Our managing editor is searching for seven things not found on store shelves.


Fresh: LGBTQ athletes and coaches hosting holiday hangout, Dec. 1

GO! Athletes and Equality Coaching Alliance are teaming up with Outsports to give LGBTQ athletes and coaches a way to meet up.


Fresh: Two gay coaches will help gay dads navigate their kids’ interest in sports, Dec. 3

Join our conversation with two gay dads who are coaches, co-presented by Gays With Kids.


Fresh: Gay Olympic historian: Known LGBTQ athletes were competing in early 20th Century

Tony Scupham-Bilton has traced LGBTQ Olympic athletes and competitors to the early 1900s.


Fresh: His gay flag football family helped save this trans athlete’s life

Caidin Thomas Smith

Caidin Thomas Smith says the New York Gay Football League ‘was instrumental in keeping me alive.’


Fresh: Doshia Woods notches first win as head coach

The University of Denver grounded the Air Force Wednesday to give out lesbian Doshia Woods her 1st victory as a head coach in NCAAW Division I.


Fresh: Obama addresses his own homophobia as a teen athlete

Former President Obama’s admission in his memoir that he used homophobic slurs as a teen is an example of a generation’s journey.

  • By the way, on this week’s episode of the Outsports podcast The Sports Kiki, our Alex Reimer talks about Barack Obama admitting he used gay slurs on the basketball court as a teenager. Obama’s admittance shows growth is possible, and why we shouldn’t ostracize people for what they said as kids. Plus, what Alex is thankful for in LGBTQ sports. Listen here!

Fresh: LGBTQ researcher has 2 theories on lack of openly gay players in male team sports

Researcher Rory Magrath says he thinks international travel and a possible dearth of elite gay male athletes are far more responsible than homophobia.


Fresh: Increased LGBTQ representation in gaming is only part of the push for progress

It’s a double-edged buster sword.


Fresh: Moving the needle on gay inclusion in the NHL

Patti Dawn Swansson writes in a FanPost: Knocking down a door only matters if it opens a mind, and maybe Crosby, McDavid et al have done that.


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, and be good to yourself and one another!