US Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girls

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports.

Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest March 24, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.

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Irish national track champion comes out as gay

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ABOVE: Denis Finnegan, photo via Finnegan’s Instagram.

Another international pro athlete has come out as gay, in a podcast interview dropped by Outsports on Monday.

Denis Finnegan, a 10-time national track-and-field title winner in Ireland, made his revelation on the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast, telling interviewer Cyd Zeigler that he has been “drifting” toward coming out in recent years even though being gay is only a small part of who he is “as a person, and an even smaller part as an athlete,” in order to help other LGBTQ people in sports feel less alone.

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DC performer Riley Knoxx becomes first openly trans woman to perform at NBA game

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ABOVE: Riley Knoxx perform during Washington Wizards halftime show. (Photo courtesy Washington Wizards Twitter)

The Washington Wizards hosted its annual Pride Night and made NBA history. Local performer Riley Knoxx became the first openly transgender woman to perform at an NBA halftime show March 6.

Knoxx told Good Morning America the Wizards “reached out to me, believe it or not. They have been watching for a while and they’ve been wanting me to perform at their events, but they were just waiting for the right time and space. And it just worked out that because they were watching, that’s how I got this chance.”

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Team USA athlete protests transgender bill at Idaho rally

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Above: Chris Mosier at the Idaho Capitol in Boise. (Photo from Facebook)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) | A transgender athlete who competes for Team USA is calling Idaho’s proposal to ban transgender females from competing against other women discriminatory.

Chris Mosier was in Boise March 3 to protest a bill targeting transgender athletes and students, Idaho Press reported.

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Idaho moves closer to ban on transgender women in athletics

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ABOVE: Protest from ACLU of Idaho. (Photo from Facebook)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) | Idaho moved closer Feb. 26 to banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports despite warnings that such a law is unconstitutional and uncertainties about how the NCAA might react.

A measure that overwhelmingly passed in the Republican-led state House of Representatives would apply to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team would not be open to a student who was born male, even if they identify as female.

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Connecticut Republicans to honor student runners suing school over transgender policy

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Connecticut Republicans will honor three high school runners who are suing to block a policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports, the party chairman said Feb. 24.

Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith and Selina Soule will be given the party’s Courage Award at a fundraising event recognizing women in leadership roles on March 25, state party Chairman J.R. Romano said.

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Canadian Olympic swimmer comes out in online essay

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ABOVE: Olympian Markus Thormeyer, photo via Instagram.

An Olympic athlete has come out as gay in an emotional online essay.

Canadian swimmer Markus Thormeyer, who competed in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team in the 2016 Olympics, posted his coming out story on the website OutSports Wednesday, beginning his narrative by revealing that “the secret I was keeping” was “holding me back” when he began training with his team in Vancouver in 2015.

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Connecticut student runners sue to block participation of transgender athletes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 12 seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

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Olympic qualification a hurdle for out Tongan swimmer

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ABOVE: Amini Fonua, photo courtesy Fonua.

An elite athlete who represents his or her country on the international stage generally receives living expenses and medical insurance funded from a variety of sources.

The athlete may also receive paid travel and accommodation for competitions, high quality racing gear, training equipment, coaching, post-workout recovery treatment and nutritional supplementation.

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee speaks out on Netflix doc, rumors of his sexuality

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ABOVE: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins speaking with “Good Morning America.” (Screenshot from ABC News’ YouTube)

BOSTON (AP) | The fiancee of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez spoke publicly for the first time since the release of a documentary series examining his life more than two years after he killed himself in his prison cell.

Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said in an interview with “Good Morning America” Jan. 29 that she had been unaware the late New England Patriots tight end was bisexual. Jenkins said she “would not have loved him differently” if he had told her.

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49ers’ Sowers to be first openly LGBTQ coach in Super Bowl history

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ABOVE: San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers, image via YouTube.

Every Super Bowl is historic, but next month’s Super Bowl LIV in Miami will be a special landmark for LGBTQ sports fans.

Offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers of the San Francisco 49ers has already made headlines by becoming the first openly gay coach in NFL history, in an interview with Outsports when she joined the team in 2017. With the team’s win against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, she became not only the first openly LGBTQ coach to reach the Super Bowl, but the first female coach as well.

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English 2nd-tier soccer game stopped for homophobic chants

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ABOVE: Millwall v Reading. (Screenshot from YouTube)

LONDON (AP) | A game in English soccer’s second tier between Millwall and Reading was briefly stopped due to apparent homophobic chants Jan. 18.

The assistant referee pointed out the anti-gay chants from sections of Millwall’s supporters during the London club’s 2-0 home win over Reading.

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