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Winners and losers of the week in LGBT Sports

A look back at the big stories we’ve covered in the past 7 days.

Shelby Weldon

Blah Blah Blah. Even I’m tired of reading my regular weekly preamble. So without further adieu, here they are, the big stories of the past 7 days in LGBT sports. Oh, and wear a mask!

Winner: Gay high school lacrosse player found strength from pro player’s allyship

Antonio Corral
Jennifer Hope photography

Antonio Corral came out as gay while playing high school lacrosse and said a pro player’s support for LGBTQ athletes meant a lot.


Losers: Canceling college football could have devastating impact on LGBT college athletes

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they’re canceling their fall sports seasons, which could devastate non-revenue sports.


Winner: NFL coach Bruce Arians honored as ‘Champion for Equality’ by Billie Jean King’s foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation is honoring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians as its “Champion for Equality” for his commitment to gender inclusivity in football.


Undecided: Still waiting for judge’s ruling on lawsuit to stop Idaho’s law banning trans student athletes

The fate of HB500 is in the hands of U.S. District Judge David Nye. His ruling could allow an Idaho law that bans trans girls and women from competing to remain in effect.


Survivors: The MLB somehow played another week of baseball

As SB Nation reported, things moved from bad to worse, scheduling-wise.


Fighting to Win: Blood on the ice

The New York Times reports: “By the time the Stanley Cup qualifying round concluded on Sunday, 16 fighting majors had been assessed through 44 games, according to the NHL, a significant increase from the six fighting majors in each of the last two years of playoffs through the same number of games.”


Winner: Laura Hurff denied being gay when her sister asked. Now she’s out and proud on Team USA

Laura Hurff
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Hurff is ‘done worrying about what others think,’ and she wants to help anyone else struggling with who they are.


Winners: The World Gay Boxing Championships look to ‘disrupt’ homophobia in sports

Founder Martin Stark plans to hold the first World Gay Boxing Championships in Sydney, Australia in 2023 with a number of LGBTQ fight nights in the lead up.


Winner: Triathlons kept gay athlete sane during his coming out

Matthew Helmerichs
Matthew Helmerichs

‘Swimming, biking, running and lifting took away the anxiety caused by being in the closet,’ says Matthew Helmerichs.


Winners: Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi unite their teams to protest police brutality

Bird and Taurisi are two of the many WNBA stars who are using their platform to find numerous ways to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.


Winner: Sue Bird: ‘Our lives are political’

WNBA superstar Sue Bird spoke to MSNBC about why she spearheaded an effort to support the political opponent of the part owner of the Atlanta Dream, Sen. Kelly Loeffler.


Winner: Gay cyclist Lea Davison shows how Olympic sponsors welcome LGBTQ athletes

Cycling - Mountain Bike - Olympics: Day 15
Lea Davison of United States races during the Women’s Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Mountain Bike Centre on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

In preparing for the Tokyo Games, Lea Davison thanks LGBTQ icons for creating a more inclusive Olympic atmosphere.


Winners: British female athletes feel they can be more open about their sexuality than men, survey says

In a BBC survey of elite British sportswomen, 68 percent of respondents say they can be more open about their sexuality than men.


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!