Large majority of Australian rugby club bosses oppose Pride celebrations in the NRL
Just in time for Sydney WorldPride, a survey found that most bosses in Australia’s NRL oppose celebrating LGBTQ people on the pitch.
Campbell Johnstone comes out as gay, former All Blacks rugby player has global reach
Johnstone is the first former All Blacks player to come out, and his story has reached around the world.
Olympian and Rugby World Cup player Elissa Alarie gets engaged to her girlfriend
Elissa Alarie, a Rugby World Cup silver medalist for Canada, has shared the news of her engagement on social media.
This pro rugger says he’s kissed gay men, proud to be sexually fluid
Toby Rudolf talked about his same-sex inclinations after other pro rugby players in Australia refused to wear Pride jerseys.
Out pro rugby player Levi Davis has been missing for over a month
His family has recently hired a private investigator. He was last seen in Barcelona.
Teammates Laure Sansus and Pauline Bourdon are a Rugby World Cup couple
After making their relationship public just before the World Cup, Bourdon helps support Sansus after an ACL tear.
Trans rugger gearing up to challenge England’s Rugby Football Union ban
Trans researcher Joanna Harper says she would testify in case calling it ‘the right to do.’
This Olympic champ just came out as trans shortly after his athletic career was over
Ellia Green won Olympic gold in rugby and is now sharing his story in connection with the Bingham Cup.
Out Australian rugby star won gold at the Commonwealth Games while wearing rainbow headgear
Sharni Williams started wearing Pride headgear at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Verity Smith pushes for more wins and inclusion for trans athletes in England
Smith leads the charge to keep trans youth playing. He competes for the leading team in UK wheelchair rugby.
English rugby organizations ban trans women from female competition
Rugby Football Union and Rugby League put forth new policies regarding transgender women. Protesters showed up at the governing body’s headquarters prior to the vote.
7 players on Australia pro rugby team refuse to wear Pride jerseys
The Manly Sea Eagles’ attempt to support LGBTQ inclusion couldn’t be going worse.
Gay pro rugby player Nick McCarthy comes out in Ireland to widespread acceptance
McCarthy said his teammates have rallied around him since coming out to them in January.
This out rugby player just signed with a club in England’s top men’s union division
Jack Dunne says he publicly came out last year to be a role model for bisexual kids.
Olympic rugby player Nicole Heavirland comes out as gay, was hoping to be outed
Nicole Heavirland has received love and support since coming out. She is already inspiring others in her sport.
Gay rugby player Mark Bingham was a hero of 9/11
Bingham died on Sept. 11, 2001, as one of the passengers who stormed a cockpit manned by hijackers.
New Zealand’s rugby golden dreams may have been delayed by COVID, but they’ve now been realized
New Zealand, with at least four out LGBTQ players, takes gold in women’s rugby sevens.
6 French athletes, including 3 current Olympians, come out for Pride month
Six elite French athletes came out at once in a TV documentary. They include three current Olympian and a gold medal 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.
Catalans Dragons player welcomes Israel Folau to team with gay porn
After infamous homophobe Folau signed with the French rugby club last year, one teammate introduced himself online by spamming him with gay porn videos.
Outsports series on trans rugby athletes nominated for GLAAD Media Award
When a ban on trans athletes in women’s rugby was proposed last year, Outsports launched a series of stories advocating for inclusion. World Rugby didn’t pay attention, but GLAAD did.
Bisexual/pansexual Team USA figure skater Amber Glenn wins silver
Sports Equality’s new weekly wrap-up video tells the stories of Amber Glenn, Timothy LeDuc, Ashley Cain, Kena Gilmour and Devin Ibanez.
LGBTQ Sports winners and losers for this new era
Events on the world stage have overshadowed these last seven days of LGBTQ sports.
New ‘Steelers’ documentary profiles barrier-breaking gay British rugby club
Premiering next month, "Steelers" showcases how LGBTQ players and coaches are finding community in rugby.
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2021’s LGBTQ sports winners and losers
Once a week, every week, Outsports’ managing editor selects big stories from the past 7 days of LGBTQ sports coverage.
Outsports Male Hero of the Year: Kirk Walker
Since coming out as gay in 2007, the softball coach has been a role model and leading advocate for LGBTQ people in sports. Also nominated: rugger Verity Smith.
U.S. pro rugby player Devin Ibañez comes out as gay
Devin Ibañez comes out as a gay player in professional rugby and hopes to inspires others in a similar situation.
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The Outsports Awards for 2020
Outsports named nine honorees in 2020, adding two new categories to recognize greater diversity and an inspiring moment.
Outsports Asshole of the Year: World Rugby
This year’s dishonor for doing the most harm to LGBTQ sports goes to the governing body for the sport of international rugby, awarded in this case for banning transgender women athletes. The ADF takes second place.
World Rugby sidesteps scrum and issues new ‘transgender guidelines’ that recommend a ban
Although a vote on a potential ban was promised for next month, World Rugby updated its guidelines Friday, claiming "a balance between safety, fairness and inclusion could not be provided."
This man was the only trans rugby player in the room where it happened: A forum to ban trans women athletes
Before proposing its transban, World Rugby failed to listen to Verity Smith, who played the sport for 26 years and says "I don’t think it’s dangerous" for cis women to play trans women.
Joanna Harper: World Rugby’s proposed transban is based on ‘false assumptions’
Trans athlete, author and researcher Joanna Harper suspects decision-makers at World Rugby "had their minds made up before they called the meeting."