Time again for my weekly ranking of the winners and losers in LGBTQ sports, based on the stories we’ve shared since last Saturday.
Winner: Ryan Russell calls on athletes to fight trans bans: ‘Don’t let anyone use the games that we love for hate’
“To use sports to perpetuate hate is the exact opposite of what sports is all about,” writes the former NFL player in a powerful op-ed.
Loser: Arkansas Gov. defends veto of anti-trans bill amid Trump criticism, but his compassion has its limits
Asa Hutchinson called for compassion for trans youth on a national television appearance, but also stood behind signing a trans athlete ban.
Winner: Colton Underwood, former NFL prospect and Bachelor, now says he IS gay after saying last year he wasn’t
Colton Underwood shares his journey to sexual discovery, now saying he is in fact gay. After appearing on the Bachelor, he said he wasn’t.
The openly gay and bi football players have been trailblazers in the NFL’s 100 years.
A lifelong gay Mets fan wrote this plea to the team to end its promotion with the controversial fast-food restaurant chain, and he demands MLB step in.
When Devon Rouse asked for help on Twitter, a generous celebrity benefactor came to the rescue.
Winners and also losers: NCAA clarifies it hasn’t actually made a decision about championships in states with anti-trans laws
In a new statement, the NCAA expresses support for trans athletes, but is vague on specifics.
Diego Garijo carries the same confidence whether he’s taping up his fingers to fight or putting on heels to perform on stage.
The most challenging part of being gay has actually been encouraging myself to be more open with others,’ MacJilton Lewis writes.
Sheena Lawrick was out at Nebraska and Team Canada. Now she’s married and raising a family, skipping Olympics No. 3.
Nearly every event during Wrestlemania week 2021 featured LGBTQ talent. Here are the best the week had to offer.
In a new interview, the Oregon Ducks forward speaks on activism, gay visibility, and using their TikTok platform to speak out.
Students at Ohio’s Kenyon College believe the school’s Lords and Ladies nicknames are transphobic. This (old) alumnus has come to agree with them.
Out doubles specialist Demi Schuurs and doubles partner Nicole Melichar win at the Volvo Car Open and move into third in the WTA Finals standings.
In this FanPost, Ares Victos writes that Nunes has normalized bell-to-bell dominance.
Nick Vallejo finds inner-peace in the ocean and confidence in front of the camera.
Rooting for A Winner: Gay former college rugby player is now running for city clerk in Michigan
Taylor Vanderlaan wants to bring his push for equality to public office in Kentwood, Mich.
The NHL team hosted its 5th annual N.J. Devils Pride Night, featuring special jerseys which will be auctioned-off to benefit LGBTQ groups.
The honor of hosting 2021’s very first in-person Pride night in the NBA since the pandemic began goes to the Phoenix Suns.
A new survey studies the experiences of LGBTQ athletes who have been out on high school or college teams.
That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you another list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!