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This week’s winners, losers and mourners in LGBT Sports

A weekly list of stories from the past seven days with the theme of Courage Is Contagious.

Shelby Weldon

This week’s list of the big stories of the past seven days starts with the many times our community was impacted by the incredible work of the late Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Winner: Our tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Legends of another kind of court: Sandra Day O’Connor, left, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Rebecca Lobo / Twitter

I dedicated Saturday’s edition of The Huddle to LGBT sports reaction to the death of a legend: Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And I found this wonderful picture tweeted by Rebecca Lobo. Click here to read the story behind the photograph.


Loser: Betsy DeVos reaffirms threats to Connecticut schools over transgender student-athletes

The Secretary of Education is threatening to withhold funds.


Winner: Rugby star Levi Davis comes out as bisexual: ‘I want people to feel they can be who they are’

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Levi Davis of Bath Rugby during the Premiership Rugby Cup Third Round match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers at The Recreation Ground on October 05, 2019 in Bath, England.
Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Since coming out to his teammates, Davis has been met with love and support.


Loser? A judge will decide: ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charge

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La’Darius Marshall, Monica Aldama, Gabi Butler and Jerry Harris attend the Build Series to discuss “Cheer” at Build Studio on January 29, 2020 in New York City.
Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images

Harris, who was one of the breakout stars of the Netflix docuseries, is also accused of sex abuse in a lawsuit filed on behalf of two teenage boys.


Winner: Elite Canadian teenage hockey player comes out as gay

Yanic Dupelessis is an elite teenage hockey player in Canada and he came out as gay in part to help others.


Losers: Makers of political ad that says trans kids are threat to girls sports get their transphobic spot pulled by Facebook

The advertisement, which was paid for by the American Principles Project, will have a fact-check label if it’s shared on Facebook organically.


Winner: Derrick Gordon signs pro basketball contract, will play in Cyprus

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Derrick Gordon.

Gordon, who came out as gay while at UMass, continues to make history, this time playing pro basketball while out.


Winner: After being bullied, this national champion has stood up for gay athletes

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Jordan Windle.

Jordan Windle is straight but has a gay dad. Now with Greg Louganis’ help, he’s aiming for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Winner: He avoided slapshots on the ice and was an umpire at Wimbledon. Coming out as gay was more difficult

Bryan Hicks had a successful career as an umpire in tennis and referee in hockey. But keeping his sexuality a secret eventually became too much.


Winner: How this gay All-American runner is fighting to save Minnesota’s men’s track & field team

The University of Minnesota announced last week it’s cutting its men’s track and field team. But Dawson LaRance is trying to help save it.


Winners: Having a baby during COVID pandemic makes 3 for this PGA exec and her wife

Molly Gallatin, left, and Frankie and Jessie.

Molly Gallatin finds a wife and baby make it easy to be out. Now she wishes she’d been out with the Minnesota Twins.


Winners: Four hockey players, refs and coaches discuss current state of LGBTQ acceptance and homophobia in men’s hockey

Watch these players and referees in men’s hockey discuss their experiences being out in the sport.


Winner: Andy Murray voices support for renaming Margaret Court Arena

Andy Murray is the latest tennis star to express support for renaming Margaret Court Arena over Court’s homophobic views.


Winner: Gay college cheerleader finds work helping hospitals during the pandemic

For the debut of our new series, Out in the World: Harrison Wilkerson found a comfort zone as an NC State cheerleader. Since graduation, he’s found work that helps make the waiting room process easier.

Winner: Italy’s Valentina Petrillo takes a powerful step towards Tokyo

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Valentina Petrillo.
Massimo Bertolini

Trans paralympic hopeful Valentina Petrillo swept the sprints at her nation’s championships.


Winner: From alienation to acceptance, a gay fan’s soccer journey

Luke Klipp embraced a new MLS team until the homophobic chanting started. The aftermath restored his faith in his fellow fans.


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!