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Winners and losers of the week in LGBT Sports

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

Shelby Weldon

It’s 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 week’s winners, losers and hopefuls.

Winner: Dwyane Wade is America’s Dad for our time

Dwyane Wade embraces his transgender daughter with all the love of an All-Star dad.

Losers: Even after announcing their first Pride night in a decade, the Astros are a contemptible franchise from top to bottom

The Astros had a month to plan a proper apology, and they still screwed it up.

Hopeful: Boston Pride to celebrate Pride Night in the NWHL

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

Winner: Lesbian soccer star nominated for sixth Denmark Football Player of the Year Award

Pernille Harder ends an amazing year on and off the pitch by announcing that she is again nominated for her sport’s highest award.

Losers: ADF sues Connecticut for letting trans girls compete in high school sports

The Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit in federal court against the Connecticut Association of Schools over its trans-inclusive policy toward student athletes.

Losers: Shamefully, war against transgender student-athletes continues to intensify in U.S.

More states are now considering legislation that would prohibit transgender student-athletes from competing in accordance to their gender identity.

Hopeful: Former wrestler Akil Patterson is running for Baltimore Council with endorsement of Jason Collins

Collins and Patterson have both dedicated their lives to public advocacy work and helping young LGBTQ athletes.

Winner: USWNT qualifies for 2020 Olympics by running roughshod over Mexico

The U.S. Women have Olympic gold in their sights after beating Mexico 4-0 in the Concacaf qualifying tournament.

Loser: Margaret Court is angry at Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe

Court says it was “very, very wrong” for the two all-time greats to demand Tennis Australia change the name of Margaret Court Arena.

Hopeful: Glory Johnson is a ‘Dreamy’ addition to Atlanta’s frontcourt

The Atlanta Dream signed unrestricted free agent Glory Johnson, who played all seven seasons of her WNBA career with the Dallas Wings organization.

Winners: Openly LGBTQ athletes take part in Pride On The Court panel

At last weekend’s Pride On The Court conference at Sarah Lawrence College, openly LGBTQ athletes told student-athletes it’s their responsibility to create safe locker room environments.

Hopeful: Small campus. Big pride.

The Pride On The Court conference at Sarah Lawrence College took another leap forward in year three, and seeks more in year four.

Winner: Team USA’s bi/pan figure skater Amber Glenn scores in top 10 at Four Continents

Amber Glenn of Plano, Texas, finished in ninth place out of 21 at the Four Continents Championships on Saturday in Seoul, South Korea.

Hopeful: Positivity defines Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals

A compassionate crowd, training partners turned coaches and SonicFox offering their fursuit head as a trophy reminded everyone watching how esports can build supportive communities.

Winner: Erik Braverman is driving force behind Dodgers’ ultra-successful Pride night

Gay Dodgers vice president Erik Braverman has made team’s Pride night special. He was featured in this week’s “Being Out” profile story.

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!