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In the spirit of his latest personal work, which I encourage you to subscribe to, as I have, this week’s winners are ranked as Calm and losers as Uptight.

Calm: Derrick Gordon says opponent called him the ‘F-word’ during game

Derrick Gordon

Gordon says the incident happened during a game Thursday. He’s currently playing professional basketball in Cyprus.

Uptight: Trans soccer player called ‘cheater’ after her first match. Her team lost, 7-1

After the match, Mara Gomez’s opponents made an incredible gesture that brought her to tears.

Calm: How a new generation of bi athletes is pushing back against bi-erasure

A rising number of LGBTQ athletes is coming out as bisexual. These are their stories.

Uptight: Zero NFL players choose LGBTQ cause for their cleats, 3 support anti-gay group

At least 11 players are supporting anti-bullying efforts that tackle homophobia, four selected the ACLU.

Calm: English soccer manager has found widespread acceptance as a gay man in the sport

Luke Tuffs

Luke Tuffs has been out and accepted his entire career. He’s also been incredibly successful in a short period of time.

Uptight: John Cleese earns justifiable pushback for Twitter jab at trans athletes

The Monty Python legend also defended J.K. Rowling’s transphobia and in doing so, revealed that even comic geniuses can be blinded by ignorance.

Calm: Layshia Clarendon is trans, and yes, also non-binary

On Instagram, New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon wrote that a friend helped them see that ‘You can be trans and non binary, genderqueer and so much more.’

Uptight: After resigning for homophobia, Reds announcer Thom Brennaman hired by baseball league in Puerto Rico

Thom Brennaman has been hired to announce baseball in the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico.

Calm: Sports Illustrated names Breanna Stewart one of its 5 ‘Athlete Activist’ Sportspersons of the Year

Sportswriters unhappy with the choice not to name a Black WNBA player are speaking out. Sports Illustrated’s top editor explains to Outsports why he stands by the selection of Breanna Stewart.

Uptight: Sports Illustrated throws up a brick in its Sportsperson of the Year selection

SI selecting Breanna Stewart as the face of the WNBA’s activism in 2020 is not a good look.

Calm: Bi college lacrosse player thrives after finding her identity

Therese Pitman goes high during lacrosse practice at Pitt.

Therese Pitman used to hide her feelings for other women while also dating men until she decided to just be herself.

Uptight: Staten Island Yanks sue Yankees and MLB over minor league contraction scheme

Baseball’s best Pride Night uniforms weren’t enough to save the Staten Island Yankees. Now they’re taking the majors to court.

Calm: Out trans non-binary wrestler Still Life with Apricots & Pears wants better industry inclusion

The wrestling work of art found self-confidence through pro wrestling’s embrace of their trans non-binary identity and wants that push to continue.

Calm: Out lesbian wrestler Rebel Kinney found passion in wrestling, looks to pay it forward

‘The Psycho Dyke’ turned inspiration from pro wrestler Jazz into a burgeoning in-ring career in the U.K. wrestling scene.

Calm: Premier League striker writes supportive note to LGBTQ fans after shattering rainbow flag

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City wrote the goodwill message on a flag he snapped after scoring a game-winning goal.

Calm: This gay former Big Ten Champion is running again for a worthy cause

Derek Wiebke left running after leaving the Univ. of Minnesota. Now he’s returning to the sport for charity.

Calm: After being outed, this former college basketball captain found solace in Boston’s gay basketball league

Quadry Allen

When Quadry Allen was outed to his family, his brothers in the Boston Gay Basketball League took him in.

Calm: Human Rights Watch demands end to abusive sex testing in women’s athletics

The human rights group is calling for an end to the ‘discriminatory but necessary’ practice by World Athletics.

Calm: Just in time for the Holidays: Join us for a special QuaranTeam Zoom chat

Join us for an Outsports Zoom chat on Friday, Dec. 18, the last night of Hanukkah and one week before Christmas!

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 [email protected] Thanks, and be good to yourself and one another!