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September 8, 2017 | by Compete Network
Weekly Replay September 8th, 2017

There’s quite a bit of news in LGBTQ+ Sport to end our summer with, a few updates from previous Weekly Replays and of course lot’s of new happenings as well. Check it out!

  • NFL Launches “NFL PRIDE” and LGBTQ+ Committee
    • With over 150 attendees at the first meeting, including many openly gay current and former athletes as well as executives from various professional sports teams and leagues. The discussion revolved around how to make professional sports more inclusive and to develop training for sports leagues and teams to adopt for creating a more LGBTQ+ inclusive environment in sports.

 

  • Texas Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill is Abandoned
    • The very discriminatory bathroom bill had failed in the legislative session as the threat of boycott and harm to the reputation of Texas stood out. Various collegiate and professional sports teams including the Dallas Stars NHL team spoke out against the bathroom bill, putting pressure on legislators to focus on more inclusive policies. 

 

 

  • Youth Girls Soccer Team Faces Criticism and Accusation of Cheating for Players Wearing Short Hair Styles
    • Taking inspiration from their favorite players including Abby Wombach, several athletes of the Madison 56ers cut their hair short and faced the criticism from players, parents, coaches and even officials from opposing teams. Accusing the 56ers of cheating by adding boys to the team, the 56ers went on to win their league tournament like champions. Even though prepubescent children have no physiological differences that would give one biological sex any advantage over the other, the team faced such criticism like the champions they are. The athletes and coaches stuck together and kept their style up the next season and continue to succeed on and off the field. 

 

  • Florida Panther’s Rookie has a Message for LGBTQ+ Athletes
    • Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers Hockey Team made an appearance in a Nike #YouCanPlay commercial last June for LGBTQ+ Pride month, his message “Don’t Be Afraid” to encourage more athletes to come out and build more representation of LGBTQ+ people in sports.

 

By David Smith

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