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Caster Semenya and others were banned from the Olympics. Now World Athletics says there was a mistake

Semenya and others want answers as World Athletics scrambles to explain a false report that led to Olympic bans.

Ramsey Angela won a surprise silver medal 6 months after ‘coming out’ on Instagram

Ramsey Angela was the anchor leg for the Dutch men’s 4x400-meter team.

Gabriela Debues-Stafford’s hair embraced the LGBTQ community despite Olympic rules

Her rainbow-dyed hair in the 1500-meter was the perfect answer to the Olympic ban on speech and demonstrations.

Erica Bougard focused on winning a heptathlon medal in Tokyo for Team USA

Two years ago her rainbow shoes made an international statement. In Tokyo she wants her times, jumps and throws to do the talking.

Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma turned 400-meter ban into 200-meter medal in Tokyo

Blocked from her best event by the "Caster Semenya Rule," 18-year-old Mboma is now Namibia’s first-ever female Olympic medalist.

Yulimar Rojas wins gold and sets new world record in women’s triple jump

The out Venezuelan champion saved the best for last.

Francine Niyonsaba fought for her right to compete. The Olympics disqualified her in Tokyo

Niyonsaba was first barred from the 800 for natural testosterone. They found a way to remove her from the 5000-meter too.

Raven Saunders channels The Joker during her Tokyo Olympics debut

In her latest brilliant hair and face mask combination, the US shot putter channels her inner Batman arch nemesis while advancing to the Olympic finals.

Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford boldly pursues her Olympic goal, out and queer

Embracing change while staying consistent could lead this middle distance contender to precious metal in Tokyo.

Raven Saunders came out to her mom in 3rd grade. Now she’s at the Olympics

Raven Saunders will contend for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics as an out and proud athlete.

Namibian Olympic sprinters blunted by World Athletics’ ‘Caster Semenya Rule’

The regulation on naturally occurring testosterone removes two phenoms from the 400-meter, draws a nation’s ire and sparks questions about fairness.

India’s Dutee Chand sprints to second straight Olympics, out and determined

Dutee Chand, the 2019 World University Games 100-meter champ, brings her fighting spirit and improving times to Tokyo.

Bisexual sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson outrageously suspended 1 month after positive marijuana test

Richardson could now miss the Olympics.

CeCé Telfer removed from the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials

Telfer was removed from qualification for the US Olympic Trials.

These gay college athletes went to rival schools. Then they fell in love

Jaide Hinds-Clarke and Amiaya Carey are both marrying their best friend.

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.

These gay college track stars are best friends and champions

Dawson LaRance and Kamal Craig-Golaube are thriving at Colorado State.

Openly gay Coast Guard runner sets school record in track meet

Josiah Davis says he became a better athlete after coming out as gay. Setting the Coast Guard record in the 800 meters shows that is true.

Victory for trans athletes: Federal judge tosses lawsuit

A federal judge in Connecticut dismissed a lawsuit challenging the inclusive policy that allows transgender student-athletes to compete according to their gender identity.

Trans runner Nikki Hiltz recounts what motivated them to come out

After organizing an LGBTQ virtual 5K run and witnessing several competitors come out, Hiltz decided to become more visible as their authentic transgender self.

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.

New year, same transphobia: Montana legislators propose anti-trans bills

Lawmakers will consider a ‘carbon copy’ of Idaho’s HB500 in the first wave of potential legal assaults on transgender people nationwide.

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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.

After feeling selfish for coming out, this state-champion coach is finally free of guilt

Micah Porter came out in 2009, but it took him years to battle alcoholism and self-guilt.

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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.

Outsports Transgender Athlete Advocate of the Year: Lindsay Hecox

This new award recognizes a trans athlete standing up for the community and the right to play sports: Lindsay Hecox. Mitch Harrison was also nominated.

Yulimar Rojas is Outsports’ 2020 LGBTQ Female Athlete of the Year

The LGBTQ triple jumper set a world record and is the first Venezuelan to be named World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year. Sue Bird and Nyla Rose are our other honorees.

Out Olympic medalist Yulimar Rojas named World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year

Rojas seeks gold in competition, and champions LGBTQ rights in her native Venezuela.

Human Rights Watch demands end to abusive sex testing in women’s athletics

The human rights group is calling for an end to the ‘discriminatory but necessary’ practice by World Athletics.

Caster Semenya is taking her fight against World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights

The Olympic champion is appealing against World Athletics’ rule restricting testosterone levels in female runners.

Gay fitness trainer visited 100 CrossFit gyms and found excellence led to quick acceptance

Sam Leicht also found the faster he ran the hurdles in high school, the more his teammates accepted who he was.


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