This week’s LGBTQ Sports winners and losers PLAY BALL!

Gay sport news

Shelby Weldon

Every week, our managing editor runs down the big stories of the past seven days, and this week we are celebrating the return of baseball!

Given that MLB is well underway, winners this week are Taters and losers are Whiffs!

Whiff: Sebastian Lletget, USMNT and LA Galaxy player, used a gay slur then posted it on Instagram

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Sebastian Lletget of USA during the International friendly match between Northern Ireland and USA at National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast, No. Ireland, on March 28, 2021.

Lletget tells Outsports he’s sorry he called teammate Julian Araujo ‘puto’ and then shared video of him doing that with his 689K followers.


Tater: Gender fluid model is SI’s first male swimsuit finalist

Lewis Freese Photo by Ella Johnson
Lewis Freese.

Lewis Freese is using his opportunity to broaden the definition of gender and what’s possible.


Whiff: To NBA, a fine is just fine as Kevin Durant returns to the Nets

LGBTQ advocacy groups and LGBTQ fans are not satisfied with the league’s response to KD’s direct message beef with actor Michael Rapaport.


Whiff: NBA, Nets, coaches and players have all botched the response to Kevin Durant’s anti-gay comments

Kevin Durant used the most graphic anti-gay language I’ve ever heard from a pro athlete. The NBA response? Crickets.


Tater: Rick Welts, legendary gay NBA executive, announces retirement

Rick Welts. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Welts.

Welts came out as gay in 2011, and proceeded to lead the Golden State Warriors through their most successful decade ever.


Tater: LGBTQ, other marginalized voices return to Tampa’s WrestleMania week with a new purpose

IWTV Family Reunion, GCW’s Acid Cup and For the Culture, Allie Kat’s Real Hot Girl Shit and EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch are ready to showcase what marginalized groups in pro wrestling can do.


Tater: For gay West Virginia athletes, their wedding day was ‘ultimate team brunch’

Candace and Tig Archer West Virginia University
Candace and Tig Archer.

Candace and Tig Archer started dating while runners at West Virginia University. It was only fitting that their close-knit team was an integral part of their wedding.


Tater: Gay Dartmouth tennis player wants more men’s players to come out to increase visibility

John Speicher holds the trophy that Dartmouth received for winning the Rice Invitational in Houston in 2019. 
John Speicher.

“I think it’s important to increase the representation so that people at the upper levels of the sport will be able to come out and feel supported,” says John Speicher, who struggled with his own coming out at Dartmouth.


Tater: Gay science expert and former powerlifter weighs-in on trans student-athlete debate

Justin Gibson, a.k.a Jangles ScienceLad. Photo provided
Justin Gibson.

Justin Gibson (a.k.a. ‘Jangles ScienceLad’) has a master’s degree in biomechanics, experience as a trainer and the gift of gab. This week, he helped Outsports dispel the myths about trans athletes.


Tater: Replacing trans-athlete bans with policies focused on transition and participation

If we’re going to end trans-athlete bans any time soon, a more likely solution includes some transition for competitive sports.


Tater: Cisgender athlete advocates vs. trans inclusion activists, with girls caught in the middle

For the past two months, Outsports has been investigating claims by the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group and counter-claims by advocates for trans inclusion. Here’s what we found.


Tater: Mom of champion trans cyclist speaks out against ‘hysteria’ about her daughter

Emily Bridges, who came out as transgender six months ago, is facing slanderous attacks from anti-trans activists.


Tater: Cycling club supports trans community by withdrawing from Arkansas championship

By pulling out of Fayetteville-based championships, the Revolution Cycles Club sets a sterling example for the rest of the sports world.


Tater: NCAA LGBTQ group publishes letter demanding lawmakers stop anti-trans laws

The NCAA’s Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Program says the wave of anti-trans legislation is “dangerous.”


Tater: Butch vs. Gore’s Cassandro Cup perfectly embodied its legendary namesake

Cassandro Cup JayLee Photography/@JayLeeAC

Lucha libre legend Cassandro’s 30-plus year career, personal struggles and influence on today’s LGBTQ pro wrestling talents permeated Butch vs. Gore’s Cassandro Cup event.


Tater: Ring of Honor’s Ian Riccaboni completes LGBTQ fundraiser

The voice of Ring of Honor’s Cameo charity campaign raised $500 for the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in his hometown of Allentown, Pa.


That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you another 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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