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Monday’s On Deck Circle for March 15, 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

Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Monday, March 15, 2021.

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

Players for the Cincinnati Red Stockings pose for a team photo in 1869
The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869
Baseball Hall of Fame

On this day in 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team. And in August 2020, Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman dropped an anti-gay slur on a hot mic and would wind up suspended, only to resign a month later.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Conor McDermott-Mostowy just won 2 US Championships. Now he’s coming out as gay.

Did you miss the big stories of last week? Check out my weekly wrap-up:

Winners and losers in LGBTQ sports one year into the pandemic

Shelby Weldon/FreePikPSD

And if you’d rather watch than read, Sports Equality Foundation’s Connor Murphy has this TikTok video version of the biggest Outsports stories of the past week! Watch here:

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

The WNBA’s 25th season will feature a new competition and a continued push for social justice

IWTV and Butch vs Gore announce a partnership with the NEPA Rainbow Alliance for the 2021 Cassandro Cup, premiering on IWTV on Sunday, March 28 at 7pm EST

The Next Cultural Battle: States Take Aim at Trans Athletes

AP study: Nearly 90% of esports scholarships going to men

Today’s SB Nation’s top story...

New Mexico v Boise State
Guard RJ Williams #23 of the Boise State Broncos catches an alley-oop pass enroute to a slam dunk during second half action against the New Mexico Lobos at ExtraMile Arena on February 23, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 74-61.
Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images

2021 NCAA March Madness Brackets

Top LGBTQ News...

Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions, calling homosexuality a ‘sin’ and a ‘choice’

For transgender people, finding housing has become even harder during the pandemic

2021 Becomes Record Year For Anti-Transgender Legislation

My latest op-ed in The Daily Beast: Trans People Are Not Beaten, but We Are Feeling Battered

Don’t Call Me A Lesbian (Unless I Want You To)

‘Good old boys’ at SFFD targeted lesbian assistant chief, claim states

I am not 50% gay and 50% straight. I am 100% bisexual

Today’s OutShout:

Our friend, the world’s strongest gay, Rob Kearney, is remembered fondly by UMass:

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:

Today would have been Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 88th birthday. Out tennis icon Billie Jean King honored her with this tweet:

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, Cyd Zeigler’s guest — Conor McDermott-Mostowy — just won 2 US Championships. Now he’s coming out as gay. Listen to the exclusive story on Five Rings To Rule Them All. 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:

Exhibition games 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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