Each week, Outsports’ managing editor selects the heroes and goats from the past seven days of LGBT sports coverage.
Each week, Outsports stops the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s our way of memorializing the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.
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We realize our roster may differ from yours, and we welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. We read them all! Details on how to reach us are below, after our look at the week’s winners and losers.
Winners: Anya Battaglino and Madison Packer
Losers: Colorado Rockies and Coors Field management
Winners: Alec Smith, Katie McCabe and Nathan Matthews
- After years of hiding, CrossFit athlete Alec Smith says he’s gay and has never been happier.
- Katie McCabe, the captain of Ireland’s WNT and her teammate girlfriend, Ruesha Littlejohn, say when they came out they were widely accepted by fans, friends, family and teammates.
- Nathan Matthews has thrived as a coach, player and student since coming out as gay. And he met his boyfriend on the team. He’s the latest athlete profiled in our “Being Out” series.
Loser: Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Winner: Straight couple who met playing gay flag football
We particularly enjoyed a story in The Washington Blade Sports Issue profiling the budding relationship between Amanda Livingstone and Jorge Membreño, two straight allies who fell in love through their participation in the D.C. Gay Flag Football League.
Loser: Leah “GIlty” Hayes
Winners: Staten Island Yankees, MiLB and You Can Play
Loser: The Maui high school volleyball coach who said a trans student athlete posed an “elevated level of risk” to other girls
A Hawaii high school girls volleyball team now has a transgender girl on its roster, and so far, her only obstacle appears to be one bigoted coach, who refused to give his name to the newspaper reporting on her debut last week.
Winner: Out NASCAR team member Ryan Hines
Losers: Everyone still speculating about Odell Beckham, Jr.
Winners (but not officially): Scotland’s non-binary and gender neutral runners
Losers: Radio listeners of Alex Reimer
Winners: SonicFox and LGBTQ charities
That’s all for this week! We’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name we missed, or want to challenge our choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message us via any social media, or just plain email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!