This week in our Friday Replay – the Gay Softball World Series hits Columbus, two more gay professional athletes come out, first trans athlete in running for cover of Men’s Health and a story in the “what was he thinking” category.
Gay Softball World Series in Columbus
According to ColumbusAlive: “Before the first pitch is thrown at the Gay Softball World Series at Lou Berliner Sports Park, Columbus and the LGBTQ community have already won. For the second time, the largest annual LGBTQ sporting event comes to Columbus on Aug. 17, bringing with it 185 teams, roughly 5,000 participants from across the United States and Canada prepared for top-notch competition, and more than $5 million in projected revenue for the city over the nine-day event.“ Read the full story here:
Minor league player comes out
David Denson, a player for the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league team in Helena, Montana has come out as gay. Reportedly, the incident was almost accidental and in response to a casual gay slur thrown at him jokingly, not maliciously. And before he knew it, he was telling the whole team he was gay. Read the full story here:
Top Milwaukee Brewers come out in support of gay minor league player
According to the DallasNews: “It’s a very courageous move on his part to be the first one, the first active player to make this announcement,” Milwaukee star outfielder Ryan Braun said Sunday. “Hopefully, everybody is at a point where we can just be supportive, not just understanding, but accepting and supportive of him and his situation.” Read the full story here:
Rugby league star Keegan Hirst first Brit player to come out
According to the Mirror: “Respected prop Keegan, 27, reveals the secret torment of dealing with his sexuality while carving out a career in one of the world’s most macho sports.” Read the full story here: www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/rugby-league-star-keegan-hirst-6260707
See the interview video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=11n_q4V4Rek
Aydian Dowling in final five for Men’s Health cover
Transman bodybuilder Aydian Dowling has made the final five in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy contest, and has flown to New York to meet with editors and participate in a photoshoot with the other finalists. See the full story here:
Atlanta Hawks player could face up to 25 years in jail for drug possession
In the “what was he thinking” category, Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott could be facing up to 25 in prison on two felony drug possession charges. He was arrested with his younger brother on July 30 after a traffic stop after police found 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of Schedule I drug MDMA (known as Molly). TMZ leaked a video of Scott taking full responsibility for the drugs in the car last week. A statement from the Hawks said they’re aware of the arrest but would have no further comment at this time while a spokesperson for the NBA Players Association said they fully support Mike and are working with his lawyers. Read the full story here:
From the clip recap: “At Air New Zealand, we’re #CrazyAboutRugby. So for our latest inflight safety video, we called upon some very special Men In Black to brief our passengers.” See the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji65WI5QLZI
New President of IAAF Named
According to the BBC, “Former Olympic 1500m champion Lord Coe is the new president of the IAAF, the body that governs world athletics.” See the full story here:
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