Check out our list of websites, podcasts and other digital destinations around the world which provide sports news and content with an LGBT+ emphasis, and the editors, journalists, reporters and broadcasters telling the stories…
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Unrivalled in the breadth and depth of its coverage, Outsports has been providing sports news and opinion with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes and personalities for nearly two decades. Many have chosen to share their personal stories with managers / editors Cyd Zeigler and Jim Buzinski over the years, from US high-school students right through to elite-level professional stars. In February 2019, Dawn Ennis joined the team as managing editor, with Alex Reimer on board as her deputy since early 2020. They also operate a portfolio of podcasts related to LGBT+ sport, including Dawn’s ‘The Trans Sporter Room’, Cyd’s ‘Five Rings To Rule Them All’, and ‘Level Playing Field’ listed below.
Sky Sports is the biggest commercial digital sports network in Europe, and one of the members of TeamPride, a coalition of businesses and brands that supports UK charity Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign for LGBT inclusion in sport. Head over to skysports.com/rainbowlaces to find related content, including news, features, short films and more. Sky Sports’ Senior Home Page Editor Jon Holmes (@jonboy79 on Twitter) is also the network lead of Sports Media LGBT+. You can get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launched in September 2018 by Jack Murley following the success of his ‘The Other Side’ digital radio show, ‘The LGBT Sport Podcast’ is an interview podcast from the BBC. Jack, who hosts the pod and asks the questions, is a BBC Radio Cornwall presenter and commentator. The pod – nominated for a 2019 British Podcast Award – now has over 80 episodes in its back catalogue; guests have included Olympic gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham, BBC broadcasters Clare Balding and Jo Currie, USA national team soccer coach Jill Ellis, and wrestler Mike Parrow. Follow Jack on Twitter at @jack_murley and check out our #21QuestionsWith Q&A with him too.
Level Playing Field Podcast (Outsports)
Creator and host Randy Boose writes: “This podcast is all about bringing the stories of LGBTQ+ athletes and sports media personalities to the world, told through their own voice. My hope is to take away the stigma and negativity on the field of play and show these people are equal with the athletes around them.” Season One featured around 20 guests, including Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Eric Radford, world record-holding race walker Tom Bosworth, and the editor and founder of Outsports, Cyd Zeigler.
‘Same Team’ is a podcast hosted by Daniel Trainor featuring influential LGBTQ athletes, journalists and personalities discussing the complexities of their respective journeys and the importance of their missions. Past guests have included soccer player Matt Pacifici, golfer Tadd Fujikawa, basketball player Haley Videckis, strongman Rob Kearney, trans hockey player Jessica Platt and broadcaster Nick McCarvel. Follow Daniel on Twitter at @dantrainor1 and read our #21QuestionsWith Q&A with him. The podcast is also available via Soundcloud.
Host Adam McCabe writes: “The Gay Footballer’s Podcast is a podcast with the goal to spread the awareness of LGBTQ and ally representation in sports. With the main focus being on football, but also exploring other sports and personalities, each episode will consist of a 30 to 45-minute interview with an individual making an impact in their sporting discipline. Whether a current or former athlete, a member of an organisation’s front office, or even a sports journalist, each interview will help uncover the challenges, opportunities, and success LGBTQ individuals and allies face in their discipline within sport.” Guests so far include Sports Media LGBT+ founder Jon Holmes, football referee Ryan Atkin, Rory Molleda of D.C. United, and Patrick Aviles of Los Angeles FC.
Hosted by sports broadcaster and journalist Matt Lichtenstadter, ‘The Outfield Podcast’ features in-depth conversations between Matt and an invited guest from the LGBTQ sports community. Previous guests include Rory Molleda of D.C. United, footballer Andy Brennan, and Manchester Storm ice hockey player Zach Sullivan.
‘Balls’, hosted by Connor Moseley and Mason Jordan, was a podcast about all things LGBT+ within football – the last episode was recorded in July 2019. The aim is to make football more inclusive for all, including LGBT+ fans and players alike; something which can often be a difficult topic of discussion. They’ve spoken to England fans group Three Lions Pride and Soho FC’s Andy Ward on previous episodes. Follow on Twitter at @BallsThePodcast.
The Star Observer is Australia’s largest and longest-running LGBTI media outlet, in print and online. They publish a national monthly magazine and update their website with news and features daily, including LGBTI sports content. Follow the publication at @star_observer.
WiSP Sports is the world’s largest digital network for podcasts and content on women’s sports. Founded in 2015 by Chris Stafford, the platform brings together journalists, broadcasters and athletes in wide-ranging conversations; with a commitment to diversity and equality, LGBT+ inclusion is often a talking point. Follow on Twitter at @WiSPsports.
All Heels On Deck – A feminist writing platform prioritising underrepresented voices in baseball: women, POC, & LGBTQ. Pay in $ not exposure. All inclusive. Follow on Twitter at @allheelsondeck, and founder editor Jessica Quiroli (@heelsonthefield).
The Guardian‘s ‘LGBT rights’ topic page often carries links to sports-related content on the platform.
The Huffington Post has an LGBT sports topic on its website, with Outsports editor Cyd Zeigler among its contributors.
The US media organisation GLAAD, which campaigns for better LGBT+ representation, has a sports page.
Latitud Gay is an LGBT radio show broadcast from Buenos Aires in Argentina every Saturday (9pm to 11pm), covering various topics, including sports and LGBT athletes. Hosted by Arturo Lodetti. Follow on Twitter at @LatitudGay.
More journalists to follow…
Gareth Johnson – journalist and writer. Specialist in LGBT content. Editor at Means Happy, which often features sports content, and at Mainly Male, a blog for gay men with its own sports section. On Twitter at @GTVLondon.
Nick McCarvel – tennis, figure skating, and Olympics broadcast journalist and presenter. Nick is the brains behind the #LGBTennis events held in New York and Melbourne. He’s on Twitter at @NickMcCarvel, and also on Instagram and on Facebook.
David Mooney – football writer, author, broadcaster and radio producer. Host of Blue Moon Podcast (Manchester City). Published on JOE.co.uk and Tifo Football. Runs Football’s Coming Out blog. On Twitter at @DavidMooney.
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