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Spring training games winners and losers in LGBTQ sports

Each and every Saturday, our managing editor reviews the top Outsports stories of the past 7 days and decides who won, and who lost. Starting tomorrow, baseball is back in action!

Another hectic week draws to a close. Both Covid relief and the Equality Act passed the House! Transphobia was on full display in our nation’s Capitol! The Biden administration sent TERFs the message that there’s a new sheriff in charge of federal policy on trans student-athletes! And we shared some great stories. So here now are my winners and losers of the week in LGBTQ sports, and since MLB teams are back in action starting tomorrow for spring training exhibition games, winners are home runs and losers are strikeouts.


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

Fallon Fox

A false image and misleading claims of a ‘broken skull’ are being used to attack trans women in sports.


Strikeout: Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland grilled about trans athletes

President Biden’s nominee for the job of the nation’s top law man was asked about the inclusion of trans girls in women’s sports.


Home run: Gay umpire Dale Scott reflects on the impact of telling his coming out story

Dale Scott didn’t plan on his coming up affecting so many lives for the better. But doing so as an active umpire made him a national story and earned him numerous fans.


Strikeout: Buhbye, Kelly! Atlanta Dream finds new ownership

The new ownership group includes the team’s own Renee Montgomery.


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

AC Mack
AC Mack.
JayLee Photography/@JayLeeAC

Titleless for the first time in nearly four years after his 798-day Action Wrestling title reign ended on Feb. 12, AC Mack is ready for what is next.


Home run: Out Olympians Brittany Bowe and Belle Brockhoff capture world championships

Bowe and Brockhoff continue to show the power of being LGBTQ.


Home run: Biden Justice Dept. quits federal lawsuit opposing trans student-athletes

The Biden administration withdrew former AG William Barr’s statement of interest in the case, saying, “The government has reconsidered the matter.”


Home run: Gay Diamondbacks executive Nona Lee leads team’s push for LGBTQ inclusion

Nona Lee poses for a picture high above Toronto’s baseball stadium.
Nona Lee poses for a picture high above Toronto’s baseball stadium.
Arizona Diamondbacks

Over two decades, Lee has witnessed baseball becoming more LGBTQ friendly. Now, through D-backs for Change, she’s helping the game embrace our community even more.


Home run: USA dispatches tired Argentina 6-0

A strong ending to a tournament that has had its rough spots for the USWNT.


Home Run: Megan Rapinoe and Quinn allocated for OL Reign in 2021

Rose Lavelle will also be allocated, should she come to the Reign in 2021.


Home run: Hungarian goalie stands up for LGBTQ families in response to discriminatory adoption law

RB Leipzig v Liverpool FC - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One
Sadio Mane of Liverpool FC heads on target before Peter Gulacsi of RB Leipzig during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at Puskas Arena on February 16, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary.
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Péter Gulácsi says living outside of Hungary has shown him the importance of accepting others.


Home run: Sandy Parker stands at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ pro wrestling history

Parker’s many championships, accomplishments and defiant attitude inform today’s growth of underrepresented populations in pro wrestling worldwide.


Home run: Riot Games unveils VCT Game Changers esports gender diversity program

VCT Game Changers will create ‘new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalized genders within Valorant esports.’


Home run: Brian Sims is running for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania to fight for the marginalized

The gay former college football captain says his state needs diverse leadership more than ever right now.


Home run: Mikah Meyer is running across Mississippi for LGBTQ rights

Mikah Meyer in Mississippi.
Mikah Meyer

Prompted by a vote of online supporters, the noted adventurer and advocate takes a message of inclusion to a tough room.


Home run: Jessica Andrade to challenge UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 261

Andrade could become the second woman in UFC history to win championships in two different divisions.


Home run: Gay ex-college football player wants to pay it forward with LGBTQ athletes

T.J. Callan felt driven from the University of Miami program and seeks to make a difference for LGBTQ athletes in his career.


Home run: A torn ACL inspired gay college soccer player to love and accept himself

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

In recovering from a major injury, Andrew Bucur reflected on his need to confront being gay, with inspiration from Robbie Rogers.


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!