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Each week, Outsports’ managing editor selects big stories from the past 7 days of LGBTQ sports coverage. And this week’s coverage was dominated by the disease COVID-19.

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.

This week’s news was dominated by the impact the coronavirus is having on the world of sports, and all our lives.

Whether they’re winners or hopefuls, casualties or losers, all depends on your perspective. Tell us how you feel in the comments!

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.

Casualties: These out athletes’ careers ended early by NCAA cancellations from coronavirus

2018 USA Diving Senior National Championships
Jacob Cornish competes in the Men’s Platform Final during the 2018 USA Diving Senior National Championships at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center at Southern Methodist University on May 20, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Various out LGBTQ college athletes have competed for the last time in the NCAA due to coronavirus.

Loser: Margaret Court says ‘Blood of Jesus’ protects her church from coronavirus

Former tennis player and longtime homophobe ignores science in her statements about coronavirus.

Winner: Non-binary esports champion SonicFox wins Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition title

Playing to an audience of only the event staff thanks to coronavirus concerns, the gay furry Evo champion ended Final Kombat with sledgehammer held high.

Casualties: Uncanny Attractions cancels Drags & Dropkicks Vol. 4 over Coronavirus concerns

The show was slated to be the LGBTQ-focused wrestling promotion’s first Wrestlemania week show outside of New York City.

Casualties: Sports are not immune from the Coronavirus. Now what?

As LGBTQ athletes and fans, we know fear all too well. We have lived with it, and overcome it. With the NCAA, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS and more closing shop, what can we do now?

Hopeful: Let’s talk about COVID-19: How you doin’?

We’re providing a safe place for you to ask questions, find resources and share your stories about LGBTQ life during this health crisis.

Losers: St. Louis Blues for how its managers scheduled the team’s “Pride Night” (Not that it matters now)

The St. Louis Blues are receiving criticism for scheduling “Hockey is for Everyone” night during a road game, which because of the suspension of the season, will not be played.

Losers: U.S. Soccer says USWNT don’t deserve equal pay because they’re less skilled than men

The U.S. Soccer Federation has resorted to belittling its own women’s national team in court.

Loser: U.S. Soccer president resigns after USWNT clap back at sexist court arguments

After U.S. Soccer argued that men have “more responsibility” than women, Megan Rapinoe called out a hastily arranged “apology” for exactly what it is. Then, the president quit.

Winners: Prime Time Pro Wrestling’s Butch vs. Gore provides a landmark for LGBTQ pro wrestling

A sold out night featuring one of the largest collections of LGBTQ and marginalized talent proved that pro wrestling is for everyone, as witnessed by our Brian Bell.

Hopeful: Study finds Caitlyn Jenner coming out made older people less transphobic

The research found Jenner’s announcement didn’t carry the same impact among young conservatives, however.

Winners: More than 200 businesses team up to stop Arizona’s anti-trans athlete bill

After the Arizona House passed discriminatory HB2706, local and national business leaders stepped up to advocate on behalf trans student-athletes.

Winner: Riley Knoxx brings down the house and breaks a barrier in the NBA

The “#1 Beyoncé Impersonator In The World” reported to be first openly trans woman entertainer at an NBA halftime.

Winner: College basketball coach has seen incredible acceptance since coming out as trans

Layne Ingram had his team off to a hot start before injuries. He wants to spend 2020 making a difference for LGBTQ youth.

Winner: Swiss wrestler Curdin Orlik comes out as gay, first out active male athlete in nation

The Swiss wrestler competes in an usual version of the sport, but his coming out as gay is universal.

Winner: Nick McCarvel says there’s only one place he’s experienced homophobia with coming out

Sports commentator Nick McCarvel came out in 2016. That hasn’t slowed down his career one bit.

Winners: Zaya Wade makes her red carpet debut alongside her famous folks

Dad Dwyane Wade and stepmom Gabrielle Union flanked Zaya Wade as she walked the red carpet for the first time since coming out as transgender.

Winner: Steve Young continues his support for LGBTQ students at BYU

The former 49ers quarterback continues his support for LGBTQ inclusion in the Mormon church.

Loser: Monmouth University investigates anti-gay taunts at basketball game

Monmouth University’s president promises to investigate and address homophobic chants directed at a Siena College basketball player.

Loser: Rugby player gropes opponent’s crotch and a gay former player makes a joke of it

A crotch-grabbing incident could result in a rugby player’s suspension and Gareth Thomas’ joke about it falls flat.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners, losers, hopefuls and casualties 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!