What a turnaround from the previous week for LGBTQ Americans! Although there were more deadly incidents of racial injustice, protests against systemic racism continue and cases of the coronavirus are spiking in several states, there were two landmark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court this week, including one that gay and transgender workers are protected from workplace discrimination. And to us, that extends to lesbian, bisexual, queer, gender non-conforming and non-binary Americans, too. Now, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, some sports leagues are moving ahead, other owners and players continue to squabble about how and if to play again in 2020. So, let’s just take a moment to pause, and look back at the week that was.
My weekly list begins with our stories stemming with that historic ruling by the highest court in the land:
Winner: How support from gay softball teammates carried Gerald Bostock through historic Supreme Court win
Bostock was fired from his dream job for playing in a gay softball league, but says he wouldn’t change anything for the world. He spoke with Alex Reimer on The Sports Kiki podcast.
Gerald Bostock was fired from his job after joining a gay softball league. He won his case in the Supreme Court.
Out athletes, like everybody in our community, are celebrating the landmark decision that applies civil rights protections to LGBT workers.
By a vote of 6-3, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that LGBT employees have the same protections from discrimination as anyone else. How will this decision impact the major sports leagues?
She Once Lost But Now She’s A Winner: Coach fired for being lesbian says this SCOTUS decision is bigger than marriage
Lisa Howe coached soccer at Belmont Univ. until 2010, when she told the school she was having a baby with her wife.
Undecided: British Premier League captain says there’s ‘probably’ at least one gay or bi player on every team
Watford striker Troy Deeney says an openly gay active player would receive a bigger platform than ever before.
Ross Furbush was able to be his authentic self with the help of his mentor, whose acceptance of LGBTQ people mirrored that of his church.
‘I decided to love and value myself,’ pro basketball player Daniel Arcos says about coming out as gay.
Gordie Mitchard wrestled with the hyper-masculinity of hockey but learned to broaden the definition with the help of a popular gay fellow referee.
Losers: Dept. of Ed condemned by members of Congress for attack on trans students while CT governor remains silent
A week after saying he wasn’t going to let Connecticut lose federal funding because of a threat by the Department of Education, Gov. Ned Lamont hasn’t clarified his support for transgender student athletes.
Winners: These 2 WTA players are girlfriends who played each other once. ‘It was tough’ when they saw the draw
Alison van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen are doubles partners, as well as partners off the court.
Winner: This Yankees Stonewall Scholarship winner wants to study counseling so he can help trans kids like himself
Tamia “Tee” Barnard of the Bronx is one of five recipients of this year’s Yankees-Stonewall Scholarship.
Outsports is teaming up with Nick McCarvel to continue inclusive conversations in pro and amateur tennis.
In many ways, Microsoft Decathlon was laughably primitive. But in one key aspect, it was ahead of its time.
5 out employees at pro-sports teams joined us to talk about how to push for more LGBTQ inclusion from your favorite team.
Kings Special Events Sales Director Karl Crudup was part of Outsports’ conversation Thursday about how to push for more LGBTQ inclusion in pro sports.
The Las Vegas Raiders rookie was bothered by the idea that a cartoon sponge might be gay.
The league will play a shortened season with all games at a single site without fans.
Before he came out as gay following his career, Glenn Burke brought a new way of celebrating to baseball and the world.
Gordon played for Western Kentucky and UMass before coming out and playing for Seton Hall.
Amelie Mauresmo doubled down on Grand Slam wins just six months after winning her first Major title.
Brian Orser and Brian Boitano enthralled the sports world in 1988 with one of the great Olympic competitions.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball as she helped the USWNT defeat the Netherlands to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Winner: U.S. Soccer apologizing to Megan Rapinoe for kneeling policy shows we’ve reached new era of athlete activism
The act of corporate contrition shows athletes now hold the power.
That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday, at the end of our “sporting events that made you cry” theme week. 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@example.com Thanks!