Here’s this week’s at the winners and losers of the week in LGBTQ sports for your Valentine’s Day weekend enjoyment. Winners are Cupids, losers get broken arrows.
Cupid: Indiana University swimmer finds peace and a purpose after coming out
Thomas Vanderbrook struggled for years with his sexuality and felt like he was drowning. Opening up to those around him about being bisexual showed him a new path.
Broken Arrow: Hey, David Beckham: You can’t be a ‘gay icon’ and face of Qatar
Beckham is reportedly close to becoming an ambassador for Qatar in the lead-up to next year’s World Cup.
Cupid: ‘Trans women are women and that is that:’ JayCee Cooper plays offense in transgender athlete debate
Trans powerlifter JayCee Cooper notes sport is a human right in a TV interview.
Broken Arrow: Catalans Dragons player welcomes Israel Folau to team with gay porn
After infamous homophobe Folau signed with the French rugby club last year, one teammate introduced himself online by spamming him with gay porn videos.
Cupid: Out pro wrestler Don’t Die Miles evolved out of a need for self-definition
Pro wrestling’s beacon of positivity took hold of his narrative last year by dropping a persona the made him ‘miserable’ and coming out publicly as pansexual.
Cupid: Non-binary rock climber Lor Sabourin reaches historic new summit
In conquering the East Coast Fist Bump pinnacle, Sabourin charts a new path for non-binary climbers.
Cupid:Adam Rippon announces engagement to longtime boyfriend
Three years after a right swipe on Tinder, Rippon and his partner are tying the knot.
Cupid: Gay gymnast finds new sports passion as a college cheerleader at UConn
Ben Duncan learned the value of discipline and perseverance as a gymnast growing up and found a community as a UConn cheerleader.
Cupid: Ring of Honor’s Ian Riccaboni uses his voice for LGBTQ charity and awareness
ROH’s lead announcer is raising money for Allentown, PA’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center via Cameo.
Cupid: Longtime Cincinnati Bengals PR director Jack Brennan comes out as queer
‘I feel like I want to become more genuine to people around me and not hide anymore.’
Cupid: Frank Rossi is a face of D3 football. Oh, and he happens to be gay, too
Rossi has been committed for 25 years to elevating the voices of people in football who don’t get the attention they deserve.
Cupid: This gay race car driver is out and proud, and chasing his motorsports dream
Planted in Midwestern dirt, Devon Rouse seeks to bloom on pavement in 2021.
Cupid: Gay former NFL player Esera Tuaolo says league is ready for openly gay player
When Tuaolo came out in 2002, he didn’t believe the NFL was ready for an openly gay player. But his thinking has changed.
Cupid: Kordell Stewart’s story is why we’ve avoided spreading gay athlete rumors
Outsports has received gay rumors about athletes for years. Though that trend is declining.
Cupid: Out In The Ring extends We Speak Out fundraiser
The minds behind the LGBTQ pro wrestling documentary will continue raising money for the film and the Matthew Shepard Foundation through Feb. 13.
Cupids: These 4 LGBTQ-inclusive ads aired in the Super Bowl
Billie Jean King, RuPaul, Lil Nas X and Dan Levy appear in commercials that ran on CBS during Super Bowl LV.
Cupid: Super Bowl star Rob Gronkowski would be ‘cool’ with a gay teammate
The NFL superstar would have no issue with a gay player on his team.
Cupid: Here are 55 LGBT-inclusive things the NFL, its teams and players have done
The league, its teams, coaches and players have done more for LGBT inclusion than you think.
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@example.com Thanks!