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Counting the LGBT Sports winners of the week

Turn away from the election coverage for a little while and review with us the big LGBT sports stories of the last 7 days.

Shelby Weldon

Here’s this week’s list of winners and losers, and in keeping with the theme of Election Week, the winners are elected and the losers, if there were any, would be rejected.

ELECTED: When this NHL player agent came out, the game’s biggest stars congratulated him

Bayne Pettinger
Screenshot via Instagram

Bayne Pettinger fielded congratulatory texts from Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid when he told them he was gay.


ELECTED: Openly gay MSNBC star Rachel Maddow was 3-sport high school athlete

Maddow will be all over our screens on Election Night. In high school, she was scouted for an athletic scholarship.


ELECTED: NBC election analyst Steve Kornacki is openly gay and a big sports fan

Steve Kornacki
Steve Kornacki on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Steve Kornacki shines on election night and does it as an openly gay man and huge sports fan.


ELECTED: NCAA Governors will wait before potentially moving March Madness out of Idaho

NCAA says Idaho’s “law is harmful to transgender student-athletes and is counter to the NCAA’s core values...”


ELECTED: NCAA physicians say gender identity summit changed their views on transgender athlete inclusion

The NCAA held a summit recently where transgender and nonbinary college athletes shared the challenges they’ve experienced in athletics.


ELECTED: New podcast ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ centers on gay teen athlete’s coming-out journey

Follow Bruce’s journey coming out in high school sports and Christian Science.


ELECTED: Out wrestler Anthony Bowens signs with All Elite Wrestling

Anthony Bowens
Anthony Bowens
Facebook

‘The 5-Tool Player’ officially joins AEW’s roster less than one month after making his AEW debut.


ELECTED: Paris Is Bumping is pro wrestling realness

Billy Dixon’s mixture of pro wrestling and ballroom puts the entire industry on notice.


ELECTED: Are the Olympics ‘dangerous’ for LGBTQ people? One group says they are

NOlympics want to cancel the Olympic Games. Two members explain their position.


ELECTED: Mike Tyson’s confrontation of Boosie Badazz’s transphobia is encouraging, yet ultimately flawed

Boosie’s comments on Dwyane Wade supporting his transgender daughter were rightfully questioned, but how Tyson did so came with its own frustrations.


ELECTED: A gay woman in football: Erica Tamposi comes out at NFL Network

Erica Tamposi NFL
Erica Tamposi
Twitter

Erica Tamposi has worked at NFL Media since 2017 and is now publicly out as gay.


ELECTED: Out former goalie Michael Martin confronts pandemic on WV school board

Elected to the board this past June, Michael Martin deals with the challenges of overseeing schools during the COVID-19 outbreak.


ELECTED: Gay triathlete embraces his place in the community

Hayden Reidy
Hayden Reidy
Instagram: @hjreidy

After vowing to be open about himself before running an Ironman, Hayden Reidy took his skills and endurance to the next level.


ELECTED: Here are the Election Day winners (of our 2 Twitter polls)

We asked Twitter followers to vote on their favorite stories of the year and their favorite coming out stories.


ELECTED: From the studio to the streets — Seth Dunlap finds a new calling after controversy

Seth Dunlap protest Portland
Seth Dunlap
Provided by Seth Dunlap

The gay sports radio host fired one year ago in a dispute with his New Orleans station says that was a blessing in disguise, so he can cover anti-racism protests.


ELECTED: Helen Carroll’s still in the game for inclusion

The former sports director for NCLR looked back and looked forward in The Trans Sporter Room podcast.


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!