Winners of the week in LGBTQ sports, plus Caitlyn Jenner and other losers

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Every week, our managing editor reviews the top Outsports stories of the past 7 days. We promise: This will be the last one mentioning You Know Who for awhile.

We hear you. We are sick of reading about her, too. But how can we not include her in our weekly list of losers, which fortunately has a ton more winners? Our promise to you is, Outsports is putting Caitlyn Jenner “on mute” for as long as we can.

So here goes: This week’s winners and losers in LGBTQ sports, and a lot of ‘em are lovers!


Winners: MMA fighter and Tony nominee find love amid the pandemic

Jessica Aguilar and Shalita Grant pose for photographer James Law James Law, with permission
Shalita Grant and Jessica Aguilar pose for photographer James Law

The XFC’s Jessica Aguilar and ‘Search Party’s’ Shalita Grant were introduced during lockdown. Soon after, they started a pandemic romance. Photos by James Law.


Winners: Breanna Stewart and Marta Xargay engaged: ‘She said YES’

 Breanna Stewart

Coming off WNBA, FIBA EuroLeague and Russian Women’s Premier League championships, Breanna Stewart proposed to girlfriend and opponent Marta Xargay.


Winners: This gay couple is changing women’s sports coverage, one hilarious video at a time

 Anders Maagaard Photography

Emily Anderson and Lesley Ryder think mainstream coverage of women’s sports lacks laughs. So they started their own venture.


Winner: IWF insider: Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is a go for Tokyo

The New Zealander would be the first transgender athlete to compete in an Olympic Games.


Winner: After not feeling ‘queer enough’ kept him closeted, pro wrestler Logan Black found camaraderie in coming out

Logan Black JayLee Photography/@JayLeeAC
Logan Black

Out pro wrestler Logan Black found the response to his coming out ‘overwhelming in the best way.’


Winner: Gay college athlete was hesitant, but attending a Catholic school was a winning decision

Anh Nguyen plays tennis. Fontbonne University
Anh Nguyen

Any reservations Anh Nguyen had attending a Catholic university as an openly gay athlete were quickly dispelled.


Winner: Young soccer referee has thrived all the while being openly gay

Alec Pena cheering
Alec Pena

Sports have always given me the chance to express myself and be passionate without the fear of what others will think of me,’ Alec Pena says.


Winner: This transgender soccer referee just made sports history in Israel

Sapir Berman officiated her first game this week since coming out as transgender.


Winner: Tom Daley returns to competition with two World Cup gold medals

FINA Diving World Cup - Day Four Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images
Thomas Daley of Great Britain competes in the Men’s 10m Platform final on day four of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

In his first competition in 14 months, Daley prepares for the Olympics with Individual and Synchro golds at the 2021 FINA World Cup.


Winner: This non-binary and asexual sportswriter sees the power in sharing her story

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At Sports Illustrated, Julie Kliegman’s coverage goes far beyond the X’s and O’s.


Winner: Megan Rapinoe on politics and You Know Who

Megan Rapinoe talks with The Cooligans fubo Sports Network

The out lesbian soccer star tells Caitlyn Jenner: “You were an exceptional athlete. You’re not an exceptional politician.”


Loser: Hear Caitlyn Jenner say she was ‘all for trans inclusion’ in sports before she flip-flopped

 Shelby Weldon

In a 2020 interview with the Outsports podcast The Trans Sporter Room, Jenner said ‘Every trans person should have an opportunity to compete.’


Loser: Caitlyn Jenner’s comments are deeply disturbing, demeaning and hurtful, but not at all surprising

Writer Patti Dawn Swansson offers her take on the trans woman who wants to be governor.


Winner: This transgender student-athlete in Idaho is hoping three judges strike down Idaho’s trans ban

Lindsay Hecox poses for a photograph. ACLU/Joshua Roper

An inside look at Monday’s appeal hearing in Lindsay Hecox’s case against Gov. Brad Little of Idaho, which opened a week in which inclusion won two legislative fights, in Kansas and Louisiana.


Loser: West Virginia governor signed an anti-trans girls athlete bill just because

Jim Justice admits there are zero examples an anti-trans bill is supposed to stop, but he signed it anyway.


Winner: Lesbian visibility in pro wrestling is the product of defiance

Sandy Parker and Susan Green laid a foundation for today’s lesbian pro wrestlers to demand more authenticity and visibility.


Winners: MV Young’s Polyam Cult Party 3 was a pro wrestling baptism

MV Young Wrestlers Lab/@WrestlersLab

From pansexual Pride to championship victories to displays of defiant spirits, all involved in MV Young’s Polyam Cult Party 3 came up out the water anew.


Winners: Pro hockey player Jon Lee-Olsen and Amazin LeThi marked AAPI Heritage Month in Instagram Live chat

Amazin LeThi is hosting a series of Outsports Instagram Live conversations for AAPI Heritage Month.


That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you another list of winners and losers next Saturday, and we promise to put Caitlyn Jenner “on mute” for as long as we can. 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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