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Winners and losers of the week in LGBTQ sports

Each and every Saturday, our managing editor reviews the top Outsports stories of the past 7 days and decides who won, and who lost.

Shelby Weldon

Can you believe it’s already the last weekend of the first month of the new year? At the same time, it certainly feels like January has taken a long, long time to conclude!

Without further adieu... Here are this week’s winners and losers!


Winner: German soccer captain wears Pride flag armband this weekend

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Bayern Munich’s German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L) saves the ball from Hoffenheim’s Czech defender Pavel Kaderabek during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Munich, southern Germany on January 30, 2021.
Photo by GUENTER SCHIFFMANN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

This gesture by Bayern Munich’s German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is part of a campaign by the team to promote tolerance and diversity.


Loser: Had baseball ignored LGBTQ voices, Curt Schilling could have been elected to the Hall of Fame

If baseball writers hadn’t listened to the trans community, a potential Schilling fiasco might not have been avoided. Curt Schilling did not get inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, falling 16 votes short. He posted a screed to Facebook asking to be removed from the ballot next year, his last year of eligibility. And as it turns out, no one was elected to the HOF for 2021.


Winner: Layshia Clarendon reveals they had top surgery

After announcing that they identify as trans and non-binary, the WNBA star takes a very public step in her transition. Clarendon is one of only a handful of pro athletes identifying as gender non-conforming, using these pronouns interchangeably: She/Her/They/Them/He/Him. At Outsports we do the same in referring to them. Congratulations, Layshia!


Winner: A hug made all the difference to pansexual champion college fencer

Schooled in a stifling Catholic environment, Abram Gregory found an invaluable coping mechanism in fencing.


Loser: ‘It’s time Margaret Court exercised her right to remain silent’

Sports journalist Patti Dawn Swansson writes in a FanPost that Ol’ Maggie’s ‘freedom of speech’ includes some of the most vile homophobic/transphobic language we’ve heard from a sporting legend, past or present.


Winner: EFFY’s Big Gay Block places LGBTQ pro wrestling in the industry’s narrative

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GCW’s 24-hour wrestling event, Fight Forever, is getting a lot gayer.


Losers: Those who say gay men have to be ‘butch’ or ‘masc’ to watch the NFL or Super Bowl

Ahead of Super Bowl LV, our Cyd Zeigler writes that people from all walks of life can fall in love with football and the NFL.


Winner: This gay high school swimmer has mom coaching him every step of the way

Ben Quinn, right, and his amazing mother.
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Ben Quinn has thrived as an openly gay teenager in conservative Indiana.


We’re Winners! (well, technically, we’re ‘nominees’): Outsports series on trans rugby athletes nominated for GLAAD Media Award

When a ban on trans athletes in women’s rugby was proposed last year, Outsports launched a series of stories advocating for inclusion. World Rugby didn’t pay attention, but GLAAD did.


Winners: Why his wedding day was extra special for gay umpire and official

Bryan Pinto, left, and Justin Romeri were married in October
Bryan Pinto, left, and Justin Romeri were married in October

When Bryan Pinto saw his fellow officials celebrate his special day, he realized he was just one of the guys.


Winner: Out wrestler Dewey Murray found his ultimate goal in coming out

After self-imposed caveats kept Murray in the closet, his relationship with the late Brodie Lee empowered ‘The Real Mutha Trucker’ to come out as gay.


Winner: ‘Pete Can’t Play Basketball’ comedy short film is... a winner

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Filmmaker Nick Borenstein provides a fresh and likable take on the ‘gays in sports’ comedy archetype.


Winner: Mark Tewksbury ‘called bullshit’ on people saying he didn’t need to come out

Mark Tewksbury is an Olympic champion and has been a champion for human rights since he came out in 1998.


Winner: WNBA’s Natasha Cloud reflects on her coming out journey: ‘It was so transformational’

The WNBA champion says recognizing her identities as a bisexual and biracial woman brought her world together.


Winner: Bisexual/pansexual Team USA figure skater Amber Glenn wins silver

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Amber Glenn
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Glenn, who came out to Dallas Voice in December 2019, won silver in the senior nationals on Jan. 15 for her free skate to “Rain in Your Black Eyes,” an original song by Ezio Bosso, musically reimagined and choreographed by Misha Ge, according to Dallas Voice.

Sports Equality’s new weekly wrap-up video told the story of the bisexual/pansexual figure skater, as well as reporting on Timothy LeDuc, Ashley Cain, Kena Gilmour and Devin Ibanez. A new video debuts on TikTok tonight!


Be a winner: LGBTQ inclusion conversation for Super Bowl weekend, and you can be part of it

Esera Tuaolo and Hate Is Wrong host conversations and a celebration about LGBTQ inclusion, around the Super Bowl.


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 outsports@gmail.com Thanks!