A recurring roundup of news tidbits related to LGBTQ people and issues in sports.
Curt Miller suspended and fined:
May 25, 2021: The WNBA fined and suspended Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller for making a disparaging remark about an opposing player’s weight. During the Suns’ game Sunday against the Las Vegas Aces, center Liz Cambage says Miller tried to appeal to the officials to call a foul by referring to her as “300 pounds.” The WNBA fined Miller, who is gay, $10,000 and suspended him for Tuesday’s contest against the Seattle Storm. On a Zoom press conference Monday, Miller issued an apology: “It was inappropriate. It wasn’t directed at Liz, but it makes no difference. I’m disappointed in myself and truly sorry, remorseful.”
Cabbage publicized the incident in an incendiary Instagram video, in which she mocked Miller’s height. “Little sir man, I do not know your name,” she said. “It may seem like 300 pounds to your little eyes, but I’m 235, baby.”
Top women’s soccer goalie marries her partner
May 24, 2021: Chilean national team goalkeeper Christiane Endler, also known as Tiane Endler, came out publicly by marrying her partner Sofía Orozco in France last week. Endler this month was also voted the best goalie in the French first division while playing for Paris Saint-Germain. The wedding photos, which you can see here, were posted by Endler’s PSG teammate Arianna Criscione, who wrote, “Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the love worthwhile. Thanks for letting me be part of your special day.”
Liberty waive Clarendon
May 20, 2021: The New York Liberty waive veteran guard Layshia Clarendon. The 30-year-old had only averaged about three minutes of playing time this season. Jessica Clarendon, Layshia’s spouse, tweeted out this photo. Layshia identifies as gender nonconforming.
Rugby homophobe wants back in
May 20, 2021: Israel Folau is planning his return to Australia’s rugby league. Folau was released from his last club for his history of homophobia, including saying gays will go to hell if they don’t repent.
Rapinoe a cover model
May 19, 2021: Soccer star Megan Rapinoe is the cover model for the June-July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. You can catch a glimpse here. Rapinoe identifies as gay.
Trans athlete doc to debut
May 18, 2021: “Changing the Game,” a documentary following three transgender high school athletes, will debut on Hulu on June 1.