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This year’s first list of winners and losers of the week in LGBTQ sports

Here’s a look back at the big Outsports stories of the first week of the new year.

Shelby Weldon

Given the week’s events in Washington, I feel it’s appropriate to say we are all winners for having survived the experience, and to use “losers” to describe those screaming “censorship!” and claiming First Amendment rights have been violated by social media tech giants, for banning the president and thousands of followers of dangerous conspiracy theorist accounts. That’s my stance, and you’re welcome to yours.

Without further adieu, here’s this week’s list beginning with all the losers.


Losers: Those involved in the deadly insurrection at the Capitol: LGBTQ athletes and coaches respond

Trump Supporters Hold “Stop The Steal” Rally In DC Amid Ratification Of Presidential Election
Trump supporters near the U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police.
Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It was already going to be a historic day. It turned out to be one of infamy and tragedy as well.


Loser: Tommy Lasorda died, never having admitted the truth about his gay son

World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three
Former Los Angeles Dodgers player and manager Tommy Lasorda throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Three of the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Two days after Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda was discharged from a hospital in Orange County, Calif., he died at his home in Fullerton, Calif. His only son, Tom Jr., died of complications related to AIDS in 1991. Until it can be shown that he accepted the fact his son was gay and what ended his life at age 33, the iconic legacy Lasorda leaves behind is forever tainted.


49ers are losers: Gay coach Katie Sowers not returning to San Francisco next season

Sowers became the first out LGBTQ coach in NFL history in 2017. Outsports named her our Person of the Year in 2020.


Loser: Browns playoff coach Mike Priefer once said ‘nuke’ the gays, said it was a joke

The Browns’ interim coach was suspended in 2014 after admitting to an anti-gay remark.


Winners: Gay couple, who met at Mets game for Outsports Pride, is now engaged

DJ Slifer and Scottie Winer met over two years ago and will now be planning their future wedding and life together.


Winners: Orlando Pride teammates Marta and Pressley engaged

The pair proudly announced their engagement on Instagram.


Winners: Former Netball World Cup teammates end 2020 by teaming up forever

British netball standouts Stacey Francis and Sara Bayman marry in England.


Winner: After feeling selfish for coming out, this state-champion coach is finally free of guilt

Micah Porter came out in 2009, but it took him years to battle alcoholism and self-guilt.


Winner: This gay teenage cyclist is one of the first pro male riders to ever come out

Justin Laevens, who’s from Belgium, says he wants to be an example for other gay cyclists.


Winner: Pro wrestler Mr. Grim comes out as pansexual

“The Hitman for Hire” started the new year off right.


Winner: Out wrestler Keita Murray crowned inaugural WAC Stallions champion

The Bisexual King quickly made his presence known in the Washington-based promotion.


Winner: Check out Kurtis Gabriel’s rainbow Pride flag skates

The San Jose Sharks forward and straight ally showed off the custom skates on his social media Sunday, along with a pair dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.


Winner: Collin Martin challenges male youth sports to be more inclusive

The openly gay pro soccer player says attitudes in male youth sports are holding gay athletes back.


Winners: WNBA players deserve credit for helping Raphael Warnock win Senate seat

As SB Nation reported, defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler may think she’s an Atlanta Dream owner, but the Dream definitely owned Loeffler in this election.


Winner: Breakdancing will be an Olympic sport in 2024. Yes, you read that right

Breakdancing was a hit in the ‘80s. You’ll be surprised what were some Olympic events in 1900.


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!