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The ‘Oh? Is It Still Thursday?’ On Deck Circle for 3/18/21

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, Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Your need to read time today is under 2-minutes.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

Frederick Arthur Stanley
Frederick Arthur Stanley (1841-1908) was the 16th Earl of Derby and in 1886 he was named Baron Stanley of Preston and served as Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893.
Photo by: Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
NFL: OCT 04 Chargers at Buccaneers
Anthony Cirelli (71) of the Tampa Bay Lightning holds up the Stanley Cup for the fans on October 4, 2020 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On this day in 1892, Lord Frederick Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada, presented the silver Dominion Challenge cup to an amateur ice hockey team in the Great White North. Pro hockey teams weren’t eligible until 1906. The Stanley Cup is believed to be the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise in North America. To this day, no NHL player has come out, and lifted the cup in celebration of victory, but one can only hope. As an aside, I think the cup’s nickname ought to be “Fred.”

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Transgender teen and LGBTQ advocates defend trans student-athletes and Equality Act on Capitol Hill

Stella Keating is a trans girl who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Equality Act.
Stella Keating, GenderCool Champion.
U.S. Senate

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

Kansas Senate passes bill banning transgender athletes in girl’s, women’s school sports

Florida House moves forward on bill to ban trans women, girls from competing in women’s sports

Today’s SB Nation’s top story...

Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo speaks out on violence against Asian Americans

NFL: NOV 29 Raiders at Falcons
Kicker Younghoe Koo #7 of the Atlanta Falcons during the week 12 NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Las Vegas Raiders on November 29, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Top LGBTQ News...

Violence Against Women Act to offer support to LGBTQ survivors

Episcopalians rally support for LGBTQ community after Vatican refuses same-sex blessings

The origins, meaning and symbolism of the lesbian pride flag

Lesbian couple forced to hide in store’s back office after terrifying homophobic attack while shopping

British TV host Alan Carr was ‘outed as gay by a Ouija board’ to his mum. No, seriously

Today’s OutShout:

Ty McCubbin is the latest member of the Sports Equality Foundation team to share their thoughts in a TikTok video! Watch it by clicking here:

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:

Sports Media LGBT+ shared this message on Instagram: “Whatever your role in football - player, coach, ref, fan, journalist, or being part of the game in another way - it’s important to have team-mates who support you!”

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, our Brian Bell welcomes “The Technicolor Technico” Erica Leigh to the LGBT In The Ring podcast! Brian and Leigh discuss the diversity of queer representation in pro wrestling, straight wrestlers portraying LGBTQ characters, the importance of authenticity in wrestling personas and Leigh’s stream of consciousness approach to Twitter. Download and listen by clicking 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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