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On Deck Circle for TGIFriday, March 5, 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, Friday, March 5, 2021.

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

Do you know their names? Click here to read about three active gay athletes who came out before Outsports was founded in 1999.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

This trans athlete says football saved his life, and he’s fighting his state’s lawmakers to keep playing

Screenshot via KOTA

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

The WNBA’s lesbian culture broke my spirit: Candice Wiggins

Amber Glenn: America’s pansexual skating star on coming out and breaking through

Banning transgender girls from sports doesn’t protect anyone, it promotes hate

GOP seizes on women’s sports as unlikely wedge issue

Mississippi Passes Anti-Trans Sports Bill

And I hope you’ll read a guest column I wrote for USA TODAY: Five stumbles on the path to transgender inclusion and fairness for all girls in sports

Today’s SB Nation’s top story...

An investigation into Baker Mayfield’s UFO encounter

Top LGBTQ News...

Why are lesbians the most lonely of all LGBTQ+ identities?

Utah Councilman Apologizes for Saying the Left Wants Everyone to Be Bisexual

Why the Equality Act Is So Important

Today’s OutShout:

Gay college soccer captain Couper Gunn explains the important difference between “intent” and “impact” in a new TikTok video from Sports Equality Foundation. Watch it 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:

Here’s my second “Trans 101” TikTok video for the Sports Equality Foundation! Watch here:

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 on 3 Strikes You’re Out, our Ken Schultz chats with Brewers fan and friend of the pod John Egan of Wisconsin Sports Heroics about the Milwaukee team and its chances in 2021! 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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