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We’re back to school, and resources abound to build LGBTQ inclusion in sports

Free resources are here for athletes, coaches and administrators looking to build LGBTQ acceptance in high school sports.

This gay high school football player is being honored for boosting LGBTQ Pride in his hometown

Two years after being outed, Jake Streder is reclaiming his story.

Volleyball coach says he left high school because they wouldn’t let him be gay

Inoke Tonga says school administrators told him he was a danger to children.

Texas football coach liked 57 anti-Pride tweets, likening gays to murderers, against god’s will

One tweet called Pride ‘Mental Disorder Month.’ School administrators have ignored requests to talk.

Signing trans-athlete bans during Pride month adds cruelty to cruelty

Starting Pride month by restricting transgender athletes is spiking the ball in the face of the LGBTQ community.

The ban on this trans student-athlete in Idaho is up to the judges now

An inside look at Monday’s appeal hearing, which opened a week in which inclusion won two legislative fights, in Kansas and Louisiana.

Have you been out to teammates? Please take this important, confidential survey

A new survey studies the experiences of LGBTQ athletes who have been out on high school or college teams.

Replacing trans-athlete bans with policies focused on transition and participation

If we’re going to end trans-athlete bans any time soon, a more likely solution includes some transition for competitive sports.

Cisgender athlete advocates vs. trans inclusion activists, with girls caught in the middle

For the past two months, Outsports has been investigating claims by the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group and counter-claims by advocates for trans inclusion. Here’s what we found.

These voices must be heard: Don’t ban trans girls

Across the country this week, straight allies have courageously stood up for transgender rights.

Catholic high school corrects a 63-year-old homophobic wrong, honors gay track star

After a long and successful career in politics and comedy, Tom Ammiano finally receives a varsity track letter he earned with a 1958 victory.

Mack Beggs quotes Dr. Seuss to tell transphobic state lawmakers: ‘We’re here!’

Collegiate wrestler Mack Beggs tag teams with a Kansas healthcare provider to build national networks of advocacy and resistance.

Gay swimmer overcame racism and won the respect and acceptance of teammates

Dwight Richardson endured a prank with a noose before taking charge and becoming a top-level swimmer.

This gay high school swimmer has mom coaching him every step of the way

Ben Quinn has thrived as an openly gay teenager in conservative Indiana.

‘I’m doing what Jesus would want:’ Christian school headmaster expelled gay athlete for his ‘lifestyle’

Covenant Christian Academy in Texas kicked out track athlete Devin Bryant, just days before starting his senior year, because he’s gay.

New podcast ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ centers on gay teen athlete’s coming-out journey

Follow Bruce’s journey coming out in high school sports and Christian Science.

Out former goalie Michael Martin confronts pandemic on WV school board

Elected to the board this past June, Michael Martin deals with the challenges of overseeing schools during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Helen Carroll’s still in the game for inclusion

The former sports director for NCLR looked back and looked forward in The Trans Sporter Room podcast.

Celebrating LGBTQ sports history with Jim, Cyd and LZ

LZ Granderson interviewed co-founders Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler about their 21 years telling stories at a virtual convention of queer journalists, where they were inducted into the LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame.

Former Division I football player Jake Bain featured in new ‘It Gets Better’ Project video

One of the first publicly out queer D-I athletes tells his story and offers encouragement to other who may be struggling as he once did.

Show you stand up to bullying by wearing purple for Spirit Day!

The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBT sports news, the latest links and who’s in the social media spotlight.

This gay football player’s superpowers against bullying were coming out and empowering himself

Jacob Lancaster faced daily bullying in elementary school. Now he’s focus on his senior season with his teammates.

Stephanie Shostak makes the right calls as a ref and as an advocate

This trans volleyball official upholds the law on the court and wants to help make better laws for her community in Alberta.

As a coach and teacher, Jarrin Williams is a rock in Rock Island

Jarrin Williams is out, proud and emerging as a leader in his school and in his hometown.

The backstop for young closeted athletes struggling to come out

As we countdown to National Coming Out Day, The Trevor Project is providing resources to student athletes who are secretly LGBTQ.

Why ‘coming out’ is still necessary

As we get ready for National Coming Out Day, we reflect on how out and visible LGBTQ athletes provide courage to their peers.

Bisexual ankle-breakers, anti-trans athlete activists, NFL mask fines

The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBT sports news, the latest links and who’s in the social media spotlight.

Gov. Ned Lamont to Betsy DeVos: ‘Butt out... Leave our kids alone’

After 101 days of silence on the issue, Connecticut’s governor finally responded Monday to Trump administration threats to cut school funding for standing up for transgender student athletes.

Department of Education rips off mask, advances anti-trans student athlete agenda

Betsy DeVos’s Office of Civil Rights threatened to withhold federal funds from Connecticut schools for being inclusive, while launching an investigation of homophobia in Tennessee. All on the same day.

Tell your coming out story on Outsports

You can change the lives of LGBT athletes simply by telling your story. If you're an LGBT athlete, coach or sports administrator, and you're ready to share, we'd love for you to tell your story on Outsports.

Hosting Pride games may reduce anti-gay language used by athletes, per studies

Two studies out of Australia suggest teams that host pro-LGBTQ events experience less homophobic language by players.

LGBTQ kids who play sports likelier to have more self-esteem and better grades, study shows

The Trevor Project’s second annual mental health survey of LGBTQ youth shows the benefits of sports participation.


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