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Take a swing in the On Deck Circle for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

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

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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

sHello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

It was on this day in 2017 that out trans basketball coach Layne Ingram started on testosterone. Happy T Anniversary, Layne! In addition to reading about him on Outsports and on his blog, you can watch the Black History Month TikTok video he made for the Sports Equality Foundation. Click here to view:

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Biden Justice Dept. withdraws from Connecticut federal lawsuit opposing trans student-athletes

Chelsea Mitchell Terry Miller Connecticut
So much for “unbeatable.” On the left is Chelsea Mitchell, a cisgender girl, beating transgender athlete Terry Miller, center, in 2020. She did so at least twice within 8 days of filing a federal lawsuit claiming she could not win against a trans athlete.
Photo by Christian Abraham, Courtesy of CT Post, Hearst Connecticut Media, used with permission.

Gay Diamondbacks executive VP Nona Lee leads her team’s push for LGBTQ inclusion

Nona Lee poses for a picture high above Toronto’s baseball stadium.
You might say Nona Lee sees Major League Baseball like few people do!
Arizona Diamondbacks

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

Gay Olympian Matthew Mitcham Tried to ‘Train’ Himself to Be Straight

And here’s today’s roundup of anti-trans legislation news:

Today’s SB Nation’s top story...

Tiger Woods injured in serious car accident

Tiger Woods Injured In Rollover Car Crash
This is the SUV that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Top LGBTQ News...

GOP Lawmakers Flag Religious Gripes With LGBT Rights Bill (requires subscription)

Boris Johnson has an LGBT+ ‘blind spot’, says first openly gay MP

Cyrus Veyssi is breaking boundaries in queer and Persian spaces, one makeup look at a time

Today’s OutShout:

Kudos, Brock McGillis! GO! SPACE is showcasing the former hockey goalie’s message.

Brock McGillis says he loves being gay.
Brock McGillis

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:

AEW Wrestler Nyla Rose wants you to watch her beat the hell out of a dentist tonight on TNT, or so she tweeted:

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, former volleyball player and coach-turned social justice advocate Jen Fry of Jen Fry Talks beams up to The Trans Sporter Room! 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:

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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