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Outsports’ 25 most-read LGBTQ sports stories of 2023

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We chronicle our 25 most-read stories of the year, including some incredible highs and miserable lows.

Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa used a gay slur to go after a Philadelphia Eagles fan.Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images

Every year Outsports counts down its most-read stories of the year, a way to reflect annually on 52 weeks of successes and setbacks, rises and falls.

Some of the biggest sports stories in sports across the world and North America were stories that Outsports broke. Others were creations from Outsports staff writers and takes on some of the stories making headlines in the sports and news media.

As always, centered in Outsports’ 2023 coverage were gay, lesbian, bi and trans athletes doing some great things, from coming out publicly to winning championships. The LGBTQ community had a lot to celebrate in the sports world in 2023.

Here are the year’s most-read stories from the LGBTQ sports world (we will add to this list as we reveal more):

21. Joey Bosa uses homophobic slur in responding to Eagles fan heckling himJoey Bosa of the Chargers and a Philadelphia Eagles heckler get into it prior to the NFC Championship Game.

22. Jeffree Star and his ‘NFL boo’ should reveal his identity or shut the hell upThis ‘who dat’ social-media mystery does nothing but stroke Star’s Saturn-sized ego… and hurt gay athletes.

23. Here are 21 LGBTQ college basketball players and 57 coaches who have been out while competingWith the college basketball season is upon us, we celebrated various LGBTQ players and coaches who have inspired others.

24. Trans boxer Patricio Manuel wins first match in four years, improves to 2-0The pioneering fighter came out firing against Hien Huynh after a four-year absence from the ring.

25. Would you ask a ‘cockocracy’ professor about your penis size? These 300 men did.After a professor wrote about the hierarchy of penises in the locker room, he was flooded with questions and pictures. It also helped launch a new career.

Just missed the cut: Boxer wears Pride armband after opponent insinuates he is gayChris Eubank Jr. donned the Pride armband at a weigh-in after opponent Liam Smith suggested he was gay and then tweeted a message of inclusion.


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