Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

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Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

On this day in 2018: The U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team wins gold for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada in Pyeongchang.

The U.S. women’s hockey team sits for a team photo following the women’s gold medal hockey game with the U.S.A. defeating Canada 3-2 in a shootout during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Center on February 22, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Out wrestler AC Mack’s pro wrestling purpose goes beyond titles

AC Mack

Mack Beggs quotes Dr. Seuss to tell transphobic state lawmakers: ‘We’re here! We’re here!’

Mack Beggs as seen in his sophomore year wrestling photo, 2019-2020.

ICYMI: Out soccer player Collin Martin joins gay college soccer captain in a TikTok conversation

(Click here to view the video!)

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news…

Crystal Dunn: USWNT is ‘past protesting phase’ in anthem debate, fight for racial justice

Is Mike Beuttler Formula 1’s only gay male driver?

The Fight To Stop 48 Anti-Transgender Bills (and Counting) Across The Country

Tennessee transgender athlete bill echoes nationwide push, mirrors language drafted by conservative group (subscription required)

Today’s SB Nation’s top story…

KO of the Year! Valdez wrecks Berchelt with violent left hook

Oscar Valdez knocks-out Miguel Berchelt during their fight for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Colorado Avalanche finally beat Golden Knights in epic outdoor game

Top LGBTQ News…

USA Today op-ed: My dad listened to Rush Limbaugh attack gay people like me, and echoed his contempt

ScreenRant: Rainbow Six Siege Announces First Openly Gay Operator

CNN: Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power

Today’s OutShout:

GO! SPACE is spreading the word about the 2021 Summer RISE Internship Program opportunities for interested college students. RISE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Click here to learn more.

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.

Social Media Spotlight:

Watch for the not so-subtle message to baby Sloane and her mamas Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris from Megan Rapinoe after scoring a goal at the She Believes Cup:

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at [email protected] or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!

Today’s Outsports Podcast:

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, Cyd Zeigler revisits a memorable episode of Five Rings To Rule Them All: Race, Protests and the Olympic Games.

This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!

Today’s Sports Calendar:

MLB Spring Training:

Full-squad workouts start today. Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.

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