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On Deck Circle for Thursday, March 25, 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, Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Your need to read time today is 2 minutes.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

ABC’s Don Meredith - File Photos
Howard Cosell, left, Don Meredith. center, and Frank Gifford on ABC’s Monday Night Football.
ABC/Getty

On this day in 1918, sportscaster and homophobe Howard William Cohen was born. The varsity basketball player from Brooklyn’s Alexander Hamilton High School would change his last name to Cosell while attending New York University, claiming it was closer to the Polish name his family had before emigrating to America.

In 1991, he would write a book, What’s Wrong With Sports, and had this to say about gay athletes: “I don’t condone it (homosexuality), and you won’t find me marching in any gay rights parade.” He also wrote that during his 38 years in television, he worked with some bisexuals “who were excellent professionals and some who weren’t.” Despite his pompous, arrogant and otherwise controversial statements about, well, everything, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Cosell died in 1995. My fondest memory of Cosell was watching him with Don Meredith and Frank Gifford on Monday Night Football, as my father joined the chorus all across America, shouting at the television, “Shut up, Howard!”

Cosell shares a birthday with Sir Elton John and the late Aretha Franklin. And me.


Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Gay college gymnast came out with confidence and assist from teammates

Collin Lillie points at the back of his jersey.
Collin Lillie.

Quill Graham is a trans college swimmer and our student-athlete Triumph Award winner

UW-Oshkosh swimmer Quill is transgender.
Quill swims for UW-Oshkosh.
Shelby Weldon

It’s time to celebrate trans sports heroes

Shelby Weldon

During Covid-19, this gay out-of-work airline employee is biking across North America for LGBTQ youth

After finishing his initial trip in 41 days, Andrew Mortensen decided to keep riding, and raising money for a good cause.
Screenshot via Instagram

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

The massive Republican push to ban trans athletes, explained

by Vox contributor Katelyn Burns

Vox

At White House, Megan Rapinoe says she’s been ‘disrespected and dismissed because I am a woman’

LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics


Today’s SB Nation’s top stories...

Texas A&M’s Jordan Nixon gave us the first buzzer-beater of March Madness

NCAA Womens Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Texas A&M vs Louisiana State
Texas A&M Aggies guard Jordan Nixon (5) shoots the ball the ball against the LSU Lady Tigers at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Dawson Powers-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest NBA trade rumors and deals ahead of 2021 deadline


Top LGBTQ News...

Safety Report: 20 Worst Places For Gay Travelers

Murders of Gay, Bi Men Show How Police, Media Fail the Queer Community

Justin Ling Reveals the Full Story of Gay Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

Bisexual Erasure: What It Is, Why It’s a Threat to Health, and How to Put an End to It

Bisexual (In)visibility in the LGBTQ+ Community

Am I A Lesbian? The Lesbian Masterdoc Is a Popular Source of Answers To This Elusive Question

Why I Embraced Looking ‘Like A Lesbian’

A walk in his shoes: A BYU administrator’s life as a gay Latter-day Saint


Today’s OutShout:

Thanks to out UCLA softball coach and ECA/GO!SPACE co-founder Kirk Walker for spreading the word about our survey! Watch Kirk’s TikTok video 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:

LGBTQ sports icon Billie Jean King saluted Dr. Rachel Levine, an out trans woman, for her historic accomplishment in being confirmed to the be U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services in the Biden administration. What a shame that every Republican except for Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voted against her confirmation. Sad, but not surprising.

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at outsports@gmail.com 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 unpacks his feelings in this new episode of LGBT In The Ring, around a week of events in pro wrestling that unfortunately touched on personal past traumas and internal struggles. Brian discusses the accusations against this week’s previously scheduled guest, Joshua Wavra, the Will Ospreay angle from NJPW’s New Japan Cup Final and why the personal connections to these events sent him into a mental health haze this week. It isn’t all dour though. 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.


NHL:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


NBA:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


NCAAM:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


NCAAW:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


SOCCER:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.


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