Every Saturday last year, I reviewed the big Outsports stories of the week and ranked them as winners or losers. The tradition continues this year beginning with this week’s list, followed by the top 20 of 2020.

Winner: U.S. pro rugby player Devin Ibañez comes out as gay

Devin Ibañez carrying his boyfriend, Fergus Wade.

Devin Ibañez comes out as a gay player in professional rugby and hopes to inspires others in a similar situation.

Winners: Gay male hockey players are coming out in droves, and changing the sport’s culture

Many gay male hockey players and officials came out on Outsports this year. Together, they’re making the sport’s atavistic culture more inclusive.

Winner: Out wrestler Jordan Blade defines 2020 by family and pro wrestling firsts

Jordan Blade.

The family that rolls together holds on forever.

Winners: QWI 100 — The year’s best LGBTQ pro wrestlers 1-100

Effy, Parrow, Cassandro, Sonny Kiss, Jamie Senegal, Big Gay Brunch.

Here is the complete chronicle of the top 100 LGBTQ pro wrestlers of 2020.

Winners: Tennis couple Alison Van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen celebrate Christmas by getting engaged

After taking their relationship public in 2018, the Belgian tennis stars announce their engagement on social media.

Winners: The Outsports Awards for 2020

Rob Kearney, Yulimar Rojas, Quinn, Katie Sowers, Lindsay Hecox, Natasha Cloud, Kirk Walker.

Outsports named nine honorees in 2020, adding two new categories to recognize greater diversity and an inspiring moment.

Winner: Outsports Person of the Year — Katie Sowers

Sowers made her mark on NFL history while being an advocate and role model for LGBTQ people in sports.

Winner: Outsports Male Hero of the Year — Kirk Walker

Since coming out as gay in 2007, the softball coach has been a role model and leading advocate for LGBTQ people in sports. Also nominated: rugger Verity Smith.

Winner: Outsports Female Hero of the Year — Natasha Cloud

The WNBA champion opted out of the WNBA bubble, and made an indelible impact on athlete activism. Our other honoree is an out athlete who became a doctor.

Winner: Outsports Female Athlete of the Year — Yulimar Rojas

The LGBTQ triple jumper set a world record and is the first Venezuelan to be named World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year. Sue Bird and Nyla Rose are our other honorees.

Winner: Outsports Male Athlete of the Year — Rob Kearney

Rob Kearney is pound-for-pound the world’s strongest man, and proudly, openly gay. Also nominated: out wrestler Anthony Bowens.

Loser: Outsports Asshole of the Year — World Rugby

This year’s dishonor for doing the most harm to LGBTQ sports goes to the governing body for the sport of international rugby, awarded in this case for banning transgender women athletes. The ADF takes second place.

Winner: Outsports Moment of the Year — San Diego Loyal forfeit match over gay slur

When out gay player Collin Martin was called a gay slur, Landon Donovan and players walked off the pitch. Another big moment: a video featuring NFL players.

Winner: Outsports Transgender Athlete Advocate of the Year —Lindsay Hecox

Lindsay Hecox is a runner at Boise State

This new award recognizes a trans athlete standing up for the community and the right to play sports: Lindsay Hecox. Mitch Harrison was also nominated.

Winner: Outsports Non-Binary Athlete of the Year — Quinn

Quinn came out as non-binary transgender in September 2020. The WNBA’s Layshia Clarendon is our other honoree.

Winner: Here’s a great way to start 2021 — Come out

It’s a new year! Unfortunately, Some of 2020’s worst problems followed us into 2021, like the dearth of out pro male athletes. A New Year’s message from the managing editor.

The Top 20 Winners and Losers of 2020

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you another 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 [email protected] Thanks!