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Judging the winners and losers in LGBT Sports this week

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

Shelby Weldon

The news beyond the world of sports in the United States this week was dominated by the loss of a legal giant of justice and the fight over who shall fill her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. So, it seems fitting that as I, as the final arbiter of winners and losers, shall judge which stories of the past seven days merit the title of Amicus and which ones will be Remanded.


Amicus: Charlie Martin to reach a new milestone for this season and reaches for a new challenge for 2021

Charlie Martin
Charlie Martin in 2019.
Courtesy of Charlie Martin via Go Charlie website

Our Karleigh Webb reports that Martin announced a move to Praga for ‘21 as she prepared to make more history at the Nürburgring this weekend.


Remanded: Thom Brennaman resigns his position as Reds play-by-play man

After his infamous August homophobic slur, Brennaman leaves Cincinnati’s broadcast booth


Amicus: Queer drag performer finds sports a perfect outlet for bonding with peers

Shanda Leer
Photo by Matt Leaf

‘I’ve realized that marrying my love of drag performance with a passion for sports is likely my truest form,’ Shanda Leer told our Jim Buzinski.


Remanded: Why did HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ spike story on trans student athletes?

Juniper Eastwood in a scene from the unaired report on “Real Sports.”
HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

HBO promoted a report about transgender athletes. But why was the segment suddenly dropped from the show? The decision came three hours after I asked correspondent Bernie Goldberg some serious questions about his reporting.


Amicus: LGBTQ baseball fans on Facebook share their love of the game, from homers to hotties

Two friends and fans help organize dedicated Facebook Groups for a majority of 30 Major League Baseball teams.


Amicus: Gov. Ned Lamont to Betsy DeVos: ‘Butt out... Leave our kids alone’

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Gov. Ned Lamont, D-CT, left, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
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After 101 days of silence on the issue, Connecticut’s governor finally responded Monday to Trump administration threats to cut school funding for standing up for transgender student athletes.


Remanded: It’s time to ban Iran from the Olympic Games

Our Cyd Zeigler argued that the murder of wrestler Navid Afkari is the latest flashpoint in a history of human rights violations, notably against LGBTQ people.


Amicus: Before demanding Olympic ban for Iran, America needs to clean up its own house

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Former Acting Director of National Intelligence and current Republican National Committee senior advisor Richard Grenell pre-records his address to the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There are plenty of LGBTQ leaders who would be justified in calling for the IOC to ban Iran. In our Ken Schultz’s view, former Trump cabinet member Richard Grenell is decidedly not one of them.


Amicus: Powerful #LetHerRun campaign launched to stop discrimination against female athletes like Caster Semenya

The campaign debuted with a harrowing video outlining the horrors of sexual discrimination in international athletics.


Remanded: Fashanu’s faceless gay fear-mongering is hurting athletes, not helping

Amal Fashanu’s foundation keeps providing British tabloids with anonymous letters from allegedly closeted gay soccer players, which our Alex Reimer said stoke fear and tawdry rumor-mongering.


Amicus: Time honors ACLU’s Chase Strangio as one of its ‘100 Most Influential People’ for his trailblazing work on trans rights

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Actresses and LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne Cox (center) and Sara Ramirez (left) stand with ACLU attorney Chase Strangio (right) outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C, on October 8, 2019, as the Court holds oral arguments in three cases dealing with workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

As deputy director of transgender rights for the ACLU, Strangio navigates our court system and fights for justice.


Amicus: Celebrate Bi+ Awareness and visibility with these 10 awesome bi+ pro wrestling figures

Check out our Brian Bell’s list of bisexual anklebreakers, norm shakers and one tough kitty.


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!