As more states re-open from the lockdown and major sports leagues make plans for practice camps and competitions, the continuing coronavirus pandemic is still raging. If nothing else, I hope my weekly look at the week that was will serve as a distraction from the disturbing headlines. Here are all the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities in LGBT sports who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.
Of course, my roster may differ from yours, and so I welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. I read them all! Details on how to reach me are below.
This week, Outsports joined SB Nation and our sister sports sites in celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the comic books, TV shows and Saturday morning cartoons of our youth. So here is the MCU-edition of my weekly list, with our favorite Marvel heroes and villains representing this week’s winners and losers.
Four pro wrestlers and one wrestling fan accuse Cataldo of groping and/or harassing them.
Heroes and Villains: Which LGBTQ athletes could be Marvel characters?
Six members of the Outsports team assembled for a special MCU-themed podcast episode, and we fitted our favorite out sports heroes for capes.
Trae’ Robinson felt a need to call out a culture of homophobic language among athletes at his school. ‘Enough is enough,’ he said.
Zach Sullivan reminded us on Instagram what’s important during our current sports shutdown.
Iron Man: Confrontation with angry parent showed volleyball coach he made right decision by coming out
Out volleyball player and coach Brett Thompson tells a parent that ‘whom I choose to love has no effect on my abilities to coach.’
Mister Fantastic: Division I basketball coach sees profile raised since coming out as gay
Matt Lynch has found nothing but support since telling his story and is eager to share what he’s learned.
The virtual 5k will take place June 28. Hiltz already has 1,300 people registered.
Dennis Del Valle, a pro volleyball player from Puerto Rico now playing in Switzerland, said it was time to tell the world he is gay.
DJ Conner Curnick is just starting his career mixing house music, and played a set for a virtual dance party.
Abby Dunkin went from suicidal thoughts to Paralympic gold in just three years. That has to be a record.
Our Alex Reimer says it’s easy to avoid thinking introspectively about yourself when you’re always thinking about your career.
She-Hulk: A love letter to Thor
We’re taking time this week to pay homage to our favorite MCU superheroes, and our managing editor reveals her crush on the Mets player everybody knows as “Thor,” Noah Syndergaard. SPOILER ALERT: At the end of the story, much to her disappointment, the superhero does not get the girl.
Ancient Ones: “A Secret Love” review: Heartwarming Netflix doc tells lesbian romance through eyes of family
The love story of Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel is told through the eyes of Donahue’s family, even though the couple thrived in their queer community long before coming out.
In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Rapinoe explained why a federal judge’s ruling against the USWNT in their equal pay dispute is incorrect.
While the decision may not be popular, one attorney tells Outsports that it was a ‘well-reasoned decision.’
As a decades-old Rodman interview with Oprah demonstrates, the 1990s were a difficult time to have a frank conversation about sexuality.
Minister Sinister and Jamie Madrox: 2 Australian cops suspended over leaked pics of Aussie Rules coach in wig and dress
Victoria Police are expected to charge officers accused of leaking photos of former North Melbourne coach and premiership player Dean Laidley inside a police station.
Tens of thousands of LGBT people participate in sports leagues across the country, where they find friendship and comfort.
Despite the COVID-19 shutdown, A.J. Andrews delivers a daily diamond dream: a simulated baseball season.
“Whenever I’m feeling itchy and in the house, I know it’s time to move around, it’s time for a walk,” Mosier tells USA Today. “It’s such a great anxiety reliever.”
Nick Fury and Mystique: Anthony Bowens and Michael Pavano hit it big with ‘Love Is Blind’ parody videos
The two boyfriends have found a fun outlet for their creativity on YouTube.
Be A Superhero: Join Outsports for a conversation about building inclusion with your team and school
On May 13 we’ll host a live conversation about building LGBTQ inclusion in your athletics department.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!