Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Monday, March 8, 2021. Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating at Outsports with our favorite stories of LGBTQ sports icons and every day athletes who identify as women. Check ‘em out on our homepage at outsports.com

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Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? On this day in 1999, the Yankee Clipper went wherever it is we go when we die, if you believe in that kinda thing. And if you believe gossipmonger Nicki Swift and the British tabloid the Daily Mail, the famous Hollywood movie star DiMaggio married in 1954 was bisexual.

Marilyn Monroe, the slugger’s second wife, reportedly had affairs with her acting teacher and several actresses including Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlene Dietrich. DiMaggio and Monroe wed on Jan. 14, 1954, and divorced in October, but his devotion to the late actress who died by overdose in 1962 was evident by the fact he sent roses three times a week to her crypt in the Westwood section of Los Angeles for the next 20 years.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Out tennis player Demi Schuurs captures Doha title

Demi Schuurs of The Netherlands, playing partner of Nicole Melichar of The United States poses with her trophy after winning their doubles Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and Monica Niculescu of Romania during Day Five of the Qatar Total Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 05, 2021 in Doha, Qatar.

Trio of pro wrestling figures come out as LGBTQ

Kayla Braxton, Logan Black and Connolly

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news…

Amanda Nunes dominated to retain the UFC featherweight title at UFC 259 Saturday night

Amanda Nunes of Brazil poses for a portrait after her victory during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

espnW saluted the new mom and reigning champion in a tweet.

Sens. Collins, Manchin vote to defund schools allowing trans kids in sports, but U.S. Senate defeats amendment to Covid-19 relief bill that would ban transgender athletes

‘Catastrophic’ number of state bills target transgender youth, advocates say

White House warns state legislatures that passing anti-trans bills is illegal

Today’s SB Nation’s top story…

Everything that happened during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Damian Lillard #0 of Team James is defended by James Harden #13 of Team Durant during the second half in the 70th NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena on March 07, 2021 in Atlanta, Ga.

Top LGBTQ News…

These Gay Men Frequented Manhattan Piano Bars. So Did Their Killer. An excerpt from LAST CALL: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

How NOW Started Standing Up for Lesbians

Ginny & Georgia’s Lesbian Gets a Refreshingly Typical Teen Dating Story

Bisexual women with straight male partners least likely to be out, study finds

Trump GOP & religious right make trans-youth collateral damage in culture wars

Today’s OutShout:

Out high school athlete Connor Murphy put together this weekend’s TikTok video for the Sports Equality Foundation wrapping up the week in LGBTQ sports news, ripped from the headlines of Outsports! Watch it here:


Sports Equality weekly wrap-up Ep-7 #lgbtq #gaytiktok #sportsequality

♬ Rnb Hotel – Gonek

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:

Trans auto racer Charlie Martin tweeted this message for International Women’s Day:

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at [email protected] 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 Five Rings To Rule Them All, rower John Olbrys talks with our Cyd Zeigler about the underground LGBTQ network in the military that grew during the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era. 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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