Remembering Doris Day looking back on winners and losers in LGBTQ sports

Doris Day was born on that day in 1922, which means if she had lived today it would have been her 99th birthday. Unfortunately, the actress who was born in Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff died on May 13, 2019.

Though not an athlete herself, Day was an inspiration to generations of LGBTQ people.

In the movie “Calamity Jane” she sang a powerful song, “Secret Love,” which Pink News and others called a gay anthem:

Once I had a secret love

That lived in my heart

My secret love too soon

Got impatient to be free.

Doris Day and Rock Hudson play golf in a scene from the 1964 film ‘Send Me No Flowers’. Photo by Universal / Getty Images

As the Washington Blade recalled after her death, Day became a public supporter of people living with AIDS at a time when it was taboo. She made a point of hugging Rock Hudson on the set of her talk show in 1985, just before his diagnosis was released. “He was very sick,” Day later said, “but I just brushed that off and came out and put my arms around him and said, ‘I’m glad to see you.'” Day continued to support causes related to AIDS in the years after Hudson’s death, The Advocate reported.

For this week’s list of LGBTQ sports winners and losers, we salute the direct ally and icon who sang “Que Sera Sera” in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films by marking the winners “Doris” and the loser Hudson’s pet nickname by day, “Eunice.”

Miami Beach, Lummus Park, Beach Pride Festival, Gay Straight Alliance students with banner

Miami Beach, Lummus Park, Beach Pride Festival, Gay Straight Alliance students with banner. Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

If you are an LGBTQ student athlete, check out these resources to help you out. Trainers, administrators, parents and athletes can also find resources here. Click here to view the new hub for outsports in partnership with the Sports Equality Foundation. Many thanks to Micah Porter for the inspiration and collaboration in launching this important new online portal.

Durant, who publicly supports LGBTQ issues, threw homophobic slurs on actor Michael Rapaport on Twitter.

While the NCAA is watching, states prohibit trans girls and women. MLB cracked down on Georgia to restrict voting rights and pulled the all-star game out of Atlanta.

FIFA has reopened an investigation after homophobic chants were heard in one of the Mexican team’s games earlier this month.

A co-founder of LGBTQ baseball groups on Facebook is previewing all 30 MLB teams with a surprise champion.

On opening day, MLB seems to need more humanity. And an active player coming out would deliver just that quality.

3 big names in MLB singing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'

Nona Lee, Erik Braverman and Dale Scott. Sports Equality Foundation

The Sports Equality Foundation is celebrating the opening day of Major League Baseball by inviting some of MLB’s LGBTQ people to sing the official song of the national pastime.

CEO 2019 Gaming Championships

Cho Fox ‘Sonic Fox laughs while fighting in the ring at Community Effort Orlando (CEO) 2019 and the Fighting Game Community at Ocean Center on June 30, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Joao Ferreira / ESPAT Media / Getty Images

SonicFox’s dominance in Netherrealm Studios fighting games, which fought under the trans flag, added another shine.

Every day in March, Outsports marked the month of Women’s History by highlighting the contributions of our women-identified LGBTQ athletes.

Aoife Cooke competed for Arkansas Tech.

Aoife Cooke. Instagram

Aoife Cooke competed for Arkansas Tech. Now she wants to represent Ireland as an outdoor athlete at the Olympic Games.

Matt Lynch is standing

Matt Lynch.

Matt Lynch came out a year ago while unemployed and during a pandemic. It was one of the best decisions he has ever made.

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New South Pro Wrestling Outstanding ‘Kung Fu’ Donnie Janela joins a growing list of our LGBTQ Pro Wrestlers.

Alex Plinck in the press compartment

Alex Plinck

Alex Plinck thought he had nothing to live with, but he was wrong. Now openly gay, Plinck thrives and does what he loves most – sport.

Jack Lombardo with an oar.

Jack Lombardo

Jack Lombardo took one of his deepest moments as an athlete and used it as a catalyst to get out. He has never looked back.

More than 465 superstars and everyday feminists added their names to the letter to object to the orientation of trans women and girls.

Kate Sahler and Stephen Alexander's wedding day.

Kate Sahler, left, and Stephen Alexander on their wedding day. Bethany & Dan Photography

Our “Out In The World” series catches up with the focus of our most read stories. Stephen Alexander remembers his past and shares his dream of what lies ahead.

Navi Huskey on the pitch.

Navi Huskey. John Fajardo / Long Beach City College

As a student athlete, Ph.D. The candidate and activist Navi Huskey shines in several arenas.

Terry Miller, Andraya Yearwood and Karleigh Webb pose for a selfie.

Terry Miller, Andraya Yearwood, and Karleigh Webb. Karleigh Webb

On Trans Visibility Day, let’s decide not to spread the “big stories” about transphobia any further.

Trans and cis athletes discuss inclusion

Clockwise from top left to center: Chris Mosier, CeCé Telfer, Brooke Rundle, Lucy Hochschartner and Mack Beggs. Beggar: Sports Equality Foundation TikTok; Mosier: Alexandra Genova for NYT; Rundle: athlete Ally; Hochschartner: Daily Montanan

The Sports Equality Foundation hosted a discussion about inclusion in TIkTok with trans athletes Mack Beggs, CeCé Telfer and Chris Mosier as well as former lesbian pro volleyball player Brooke Rundle and elite biathlete and direct ally Lucy Hochschartner.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives was unable to overturn Governor Kristi Noem’s transgender sports veto. So she got out her pen and wrote an EO for what she wanted.

Shelby Weldon

Outsports, in partnership with NCLR, has launched a new series of awards to commemorate transgender athletes, coaches, and others who work to give every transgender competitor the chance to achieve their dream.

The Outsports Triumph Awards, in partnership with NCLR, conclude with the award of the trailblazer Fallon Fox.

The Triumph Awards, in partnership with NCLR, honor college basketball coach Layne Ingram, whose passion for basketball, trans rights, and social justice makes him a role model.

The Triumph Awards, in collaboration with NCLR, honor pro volleyball pioneer Tifanny Abreu. The first transgender player in the Brazilian Super League is a winner on the ground and a force for the community.

The Crusaders Triumph Award, in partnership with NCLR, honors those who work in sport on behalf of trans people for their accomplishments, ability to inspire and contribute to the world of LGBTQ visibility and equality.

The Ringleaders Triumph Award, in collaboration with NCLR, honors trans wrestlers, promoters and employees of trans people for their achievements, inspiration and contributions to the LGBTQ sports world.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you another list of winners and losers next Saturday. Do you have a name that I missed or do you want to question my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, Tweet to us, drop me a message on social media or just email me at [email protected]. Thank you!

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