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LGBT Sports winners and losers for the first week of March 2020

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. Whether they’re winners or losers 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.

Winner: Kacey Edenfield explains his unique journey from high school baseball stardom to gay pornography

Edenfield was a standout high school baseball player, but when he came out, his teammates shunned him, leading him to abruptly quit his lifelong love and turn to pornography.

Loser: Golfer Scott Piercy ‘apologizes’ for homophobic post about Pete Buttigieg

Scott Piercy posted an apology of a sort to Instagram and promised to “do better” after gramming an anti-gay slur and a reference to a right-wing conspiracy theory.

Hopeful: AEW’s Nyla Rose and Chris Jericho push for trans education and allyship

Nyla Rose’s appearance on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho’ podcast helped educate new audiences about trans issues and pushed Jericho to defend his AEW counterpart online.

Winners: All of us who watch the Olympics just for the eye candy

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Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow ready for a dive at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016.
Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Sports in general can be thirsty, particularly for gay and bi people. The Olympics seem to provide plenty to look at.

Winner: Tom Daley’s fatherhood videos make strong statement about LGBTQ parents

With LGBTQ couples’ right to adopt under attack, Daley and his husband, Dustin Lance Black, provide ample evidence that gay couples can raise children with love.

Losers: The Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues

The Colorado Avalanche received complaints last week about its Pride Night promotion, aimed at allies instead of members of our community. And the St. Louis Blues are holding their “Hockey is for Everyone” celebration while the team plays in Washington, D.C.

Hopeful: A conversation with TJ Callan about the history of gay black men coming out in sports

For former Miami football player TJ Callan, seeing other black LGBTQ athletes come out gave him hope.

Winners: LGBTQ couples caught kissing at Sacramento Kings Equality Night

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KissCam at Sacramento Kings’ Equality Night, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
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The KissCam snapped three same-sex couples smooching at Equality Night for the Kings.

Losers: BYU for pulling bait and switch on LGBTQ students

Brigham Young University tweeted a letter by a Mormon Elder clarifying changes to its honor code, triggering a protest by LGBTQ students and allies.

Hopeful: A contrite Billie Jean King tells Margaret Court: ‘Don’t judge us’ and ‘be kind’

Tennis legend Billie Jean King says she’s “going to stop, probably” calling for the renaming of the Margaret Court Arena, but wants to see Court be “more loving.”

Winner: Trans marathoner Megan Youngren races into history at U.S. Olympic trials

The first trans woman athlete to compete in the 2020 Olympic trials didn’t make Team USA, but did make an impact.

Losers: Teenagers who taunted and mocked girl playing on all-male hockey team because of her gender

Opposing fans taunted Alyssa Wruble with a sign asking for her “gender reveal” during a recent game.

Hopeful: Gay college soccer player Adam Burnett dreams of playing pro

Adam Burnett was an all-state high school player who came out as gay at 17. Two years later, he’s crazy in love with soccer and his boyfriend.

Winner: Diane Ninemire Steps Down As Cal Softball Coach

Diane Ninemire, Cal’s Hall of Fame softball coach who has guided Cal to a national championship and a dozen trips to the Women’s College World Series in 32 years at the helm, announced Tuesday that she is stepping down immediately from her position due to health reasons.

Losers: Arizona anti-transgender athlete bill moves one step closer to law

Arizona House Republicans passed a controversial bill dubbed by some “The ‘Show Me Your Genitals’ Bill,” that would ban trans girls from participating in women’s sports.

Hopeful: Three years after coming out, Tony Nicolosi leads Cal State East Bay to new heights

The first out cross country head coach in NCAA history takes his program to the D-II Championships for the first time since 1983.

Winner: Out gay Judo athlete hopes to smash homophobia

German judoka Timo Cavelius came out as gay four years ago. In a conservative sport such as judo, this was seen as a breakthrough for many male judoka, because of homophobia. Cavelius wants to change that.

Hopeful: Tameka and Kirsty Yallop are expecting!

Congrats to the Austrialian soccer players/partners/moms-to-be-teammates!

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!