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Today’s On Deck Circle for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

On Deck Circle is a round-up of what’s new in LGBTQ sports news along with today’s social media spotlight.

A baseball player stands in the on deck circle ready to face a pitcher in an MLB game at what was once known as AT&T Park in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shelby Weldon/Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

On this day in 2014, Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete in the United States’ four major pro leagues, playing 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds and five fouls in the New Jersey Nets’ 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Read how Outsports covered it by clicking here.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

A torn ACL and Robbie Rogers inspired gay college soccer player to love and accept himself

Andrew Bucur makes a play for the ball.
Andrew Bucur, right.

4 myths and flat-out lies being told about trans MMA fighter Fallon Fox

Fallon Fox
Fallon Fox

Out Olympians Brittany Bowe and Belle Brockhoff capture world championships

Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland grilled about trans athletes

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

HuffPost: Republican Legislatures Are Trying To Ban Transgender Athletes From Women’s Sports

SportsMedia LGBT+: Brock McGillis: ‘Hockey culture needs an overhaul’

Gay Times: NFL player Ryan Russell says he was “afraid” to come out as bisexual

Today’s SB Nation’s top story...

The Raptors found a formula to save their season

Memphis Hustle v Raptors 905
Tres Tinkle #3 of the Raptors 905 dunks the ball against the Memphis Hustle on February 22, 2021 at HP Field House in Orlando, Fla.
Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images

Top LGBTQ News...

Sen. Collins won’t co-sponsor Equality Act, laments ‘revision’ not made

Va. moves closer to repealing marriage amendment

Meth has devastated the gay community for decades. A new treatment offers hope

Gay Michigan Campground Bans Trans Men

Today’s OutShout:

ECA/GO! SPACE’s Career and Networking Committee continues to explore opportunities for our members. If you are interested in learning more about a global virtual career fair, consider signing up for myGwork - LGBT+ professionals’ event on March 24th. They are based out of the U.K. but have career opportunities worldwide! Click here to register.

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:

Out Black tennis pro Jeremy Sonkin is the latest out athlete to make a TikTok video for Sports Equality Foundation: Watch it here:

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at 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, Polly Poptart spills The GAMEDAY TEA with DGilTM in this week’s episode of his popular Outsports podcast. Listen here:

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:

Pitchers and catchers and full-squad workouts are underway. 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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