clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile


Sue Bird was told to not come out in the WNBA. Imagine what gay NBA players are being told.

Bird opened up about her early days in the WNBA and having people tell her "success" would only come if she pretended to be straight.

USA women’s basketball, with 2 out coaches and a bunch of players, are on fire and headed to the Paris Olympics

Three wins against top-20 teams cement Team USA’s spot as the favorites to win gold at this summer’s Olympics.

Elena Delle Donne, WNBA legend and LGBTQ sports icon, set to announce break from basketball

ESPN reported that the 34-year-old would not sign the one-year super max deal offered by the Washington Mystics.

Carley Knox, Minnesota Lynx executive, named Grand Marshal of Twin Cities Pride

Knox has championed LGBTQ inclusion in her roles with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.

Iconic athlete fashion moments that defined 2023

Sue Bird, Frances Tiafoe, Natasha Cloud, and of course Gradey Dick, lit up the sports fashion world in 2023.

Disney will produce a film and series about Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia

ESPN and ABC Signature will broadcast film, series telling Griner’s story.

Out head coach and GM win first WNBA back-to-back titles in over two decades

Coach Becky Hammon and GM Natalie Williams have found historic WNBA success with the Las Vegas Aces.

Sorry Toronto, the city doesn’t deserve a WNBA team (yet)

While the league expands westward to San Francisco, the north will be left without a team of their own for now - and maybe that’s a good thing.

Two WNBA superteams take center stage for the Finals

It felt too obvious, too lacking in romance, to accept the predictions of a New York-Las Vegas final. In the end, that’s what we got.

Breanna Stewart wins her second WNBA MVP award in her first season in NYC

Stewart comes out on top following the closest three-way MVP race in league history.

Stephanie White named WNBA Coach of the Year

White led the Connecticut Sun to an impressive second-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

WNBA champs Sydney Colson, Theresa Plaisance stretch comedic chops in ‘The Syd + TP Show’

Out WNBA veteran Sydney Colson and former Las Vegas Aces teammate Theresa Plaisance are ready to show you how they never get embarrassed.

Connecticut Sun teammates Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner are getting married

Thomas proposed to Bonner shortly after the two played in the 2023 WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas.

Honorees 41-50: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"For the gay and lesbian community, there is more acceptance than even five years ago," says a CBS Sports exec, on this list with a trans athlete and activist, a sports columnist and pro wrestler.

Top 10: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"I’m just trying to make it not as tough for the next generation," says a basketball superstar on this list, along with executives with a Major League Baseball team and CBS, an NFL player and soccer legends.

Honorees 11-20: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"If we don’t fight for our community and ourselves, who will?" says a U.S. women’s soccer star on this list, along with an NBA executive, an Olympian and two WNBA head coaches.

Honorees 21-30: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"Sports has notoriously and publicly suffered from a lack of LGBTQ+ representation," says an NBA exec on this list, along with people from MLB, ESPN and the NFL.

Honorees 31-40: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"I look the impact of integrating LGBTQ narratives into sports as my impact," says a sports editor on this list, along with two former Olympians and people from the NBA, MMA, and a college sports.

Honorees 51-60: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"When you do come into your workspace, you don’t want to feel hindered or like you’ve got to hide yourself," says a WNBA star on the list, along with people from the NBA, UFC and wheelchair basketball.

Honorees 61-70: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

A former NFL player who appeared in the Super Bowl is on this list, along with people from NBC, the Washington Post, MLS and WNBA.

Honorees 71-80: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"Since I have been completely out, I feel like I am on a victory tour with every conversation I have," says a pro soccer exec on this list with people from the WNBA, NBC, CBS, ESPN and U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

Honorees 81-90: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"You must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are," says a pro referee on this list with an Olympian, a former NFL player and a high school basketball coach.

Honorees 91-100: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"Pride to me is authenticity. It’s honesty," says an NFL executive, on this list with people from the NHL, PGA, WNBA and two Olympians.

How the NBA and WNBA created sports’ premier culture of inclusion

The WNBA is the most represented league on the Outsports Power 100. The NBA has the most men’s sports execs.

Hall of Fame player Natalie Williams has found fast success as an out WNBA exec

With a wife, six kids and success with the Las Vegas Aces, Williams is an Outsports Power 100 honoree.

In DC, the WNBA shows what local leadership means to a nation during Pride month

The Washington Mystics and their fans celebrated Pride Night, and welcomed Brittney Griner, on Friday.

Brittney Griner & Mercury teammates endure abuse from conservative ‘provocateur’ at the airport

While flying commercial out of Dallas, Griner and the Phoenix Mercury were accosted by a right wing hack, underscoring the need for charter flights in the WNBA.

WNBA opening weekend promises more than just a return to form

LGBTQ players take center stage in a weekend of season openers. Fans of the league can look forward to a summer of high stakes both on and off the court.

Brittney Griner vows to never play overseas again—unless it’s for the Olympics

In her first press conference since being released from Russian captivity, Griner also thanked her wife and fans for their support.

Trailblazer Layshia Clarendon focused on a WNBA return while helping trans and nonbinary people

Clarendon’s story and foundation are at the center of a new "Changemakers" episode from GLAAD.

Let’s make Brittney Griner’s welcome-home game the special moment she deserves

We as fans have a chance to give Griner a hero’s welcome when the season tips off on May 19.

Brittney Griner is Outsports 2022 Person of the Year

Griner’s detention in Russia and her eventual release was a flashpoint that revealed racism, sexism and homophobia.


Most Recent