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Winners and losers of the week in LGBT sports

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Each week, Outsports’ managing editor selects the heroes and goats from the past 7 days of LGBTQ sports coverage.

Time once again for Outsports to stop the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s my 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.

I realize my roster may differ from yours, and I welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. I read them all! Details on how to reach me are below, after our look at the week’s winners and losers.

Winners: WNBA player Chelsea Gray married her girlfriend

The Los Angeles Sparks guard tied the knot with her girlfriend Tipesa Moorer on Saturday.

Loser: Radio station fired gay host as police investigate homophobic tweet

WWL Radio terminated Seth Dunlap despite his insistence he had nothing to do with the anti-gay tweet sent from the station’s account.

Winner: AEW’s Scorpio Sky addresses homophobic comments, stresses personal change

The newly minted AEW tag team champion rightfully faced ridicule after using homophobic slurs on Twitter back in 2011, an admittedly “dark time” in his 17-year career. Sky made strides to understand his errors and correct himself on a personal level in the time since his misstep, and he delved into that experience in a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet.

Winner or Loser? It Depends: Sean Doolittle skipped the White House celebration to show support for his wife’s two moms

Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle said he didn’t attend the White House’s World Series celebration out of solidarity with his wife and her two moms. Some readers say he missed an opportunity to deliver a message to President Trump in person, others applauded his decision, and others believe his choice was absolutely the wrong thing to do.

Winner: Out wrestler Ashley Vox of Team Sea Stars wins SHIMMER tag team championships

The team of Delmi Exo and out wrestler Ashley Vox ended the 370-day reign of SHIMMER legends Mercedes Martinez and Cheerleader Melissa on Saturday.

Loser: The Baseball Hall of Fame does not recognize LGBTQ history

As Major League Baseball continues to progress in its relationship with the LGBTQ community, our Ken Schultz says the contributions of trailblazers like Glenn Burke should be visible in Cooperstown.

Winner: Adam Rippon’s new book isn’t just ‘Beautiful on the Outside’

In his memoir, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon writes about love, falling down, getting up, and, yes, Mike Pence. He talks about it with co-founder Cyd Zeigler on his new weekly podcast, Five Rings To Rule Them All, which highlights the lives of out LGBTQ Olympians ahead of Tokyo.

A Loss for Boxing: Bisexual Olympic gold medal boxer Nicola Adams retires

The first woman to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the ring steps down due to irreversible eye damage.

8-Time Winner: 49ers are the only undefeated NFL team, and with a gay coach on staff

The San Francisco 49ers are off to a hot start for the 2019 season, 8-0, the most positive “surprise” of the season so far. And they’re doing it with an openly gay coach on the staff. Katie Sowers came out publicly in 2017 after she had been hired by the 49ers.

Winner: Cricket captain claps back at UK activist who attacked trans teammate

One of London’s loudest voices on the far right took aim at a trans woman named 2019 Kent Women Player of the Year: “Another kick in the ovaries for biological females everywhere,” Katie Hopkins tweeted. The captain of her cricket team fired back: “Personally I’m proud to call her my teammate and my friend. So please attempt don’t speak for me or my ovaries.”

Losers: Reporters make transgender champion the story when world cycling body joins other sports federations in considering new rules for trans athletes

The Union Cycliste Internationale announced it may reset maximum testosterone levels for trans athletes competing in women’s sports. But the bottom line, as Dr. Rachel McKinnon made crystal clear on Twitter Thursday: a change in the maximum level of testosterone allowable for a trans woman to compete in women’s cycling “will have no effect on my eligibility.”

Winners: LGBTQ+ rugby team is selling a nude fundraiser calendar that’s all about body positivity

The Amsterdam Lowlanders’ 2020 calendar is not just 12 pictures of naked men, it’s proof, says the photographer: “there is no real ideal image.”

Winners: Uncanny Attractions and RISE deliver a week full of LGBTQ pro wrestling

The two promotions featured notable LGBTQ talent such as Effy, Cassandro, Jake Atlas, Billy Dixon and Killian McMurphy.

Winner: For bi captain, college football team wearing Pride stickers meant everything

After coming out as bi to his Pomona-Pitzer teammates in California, linebacker Jack Storrs has thrived on and off the field with their love and support.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at outsports@gmail.com Thanks!

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