Outsports is proud to share with you a look back at Outsports Pride 2019, a celebration of the courage of LGBTQ people in sports across the generations.
Twenty years ago, Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler spent a summer vacation together on Cape Cod and came up with the idea for a website to serve as a meeting place for gay sports fans. A few months later, the two journalists would found Outsports in Los Angeles. It was 1999, and the world was a much different place for LGBTQ athletes and sports fans.
Over the last two decades, outsports.com has become a beacon of hope for people across the LGBTQ community who share a love of sports. We have shared the coming out stories of 1,000 athletes, and many more have found the courage to come out in their own lives, thanks to the stories we have shared. That’s proof of our slogan: Courage Is Contagious.
Cyd and Jim and the team at SB Nation and Vox were thrilled to host Outsports Pride in the city where Outsports was founded 20 years ago. They originally met at a booth at L.A. Pride, so there could be no place more fitting to have shared this celebratory weekend with our readers and athletes. Every single one of you means so much to us and to the growth of the Outsports community, and we cannot thank you enough for being a part of our conference on the UCLA campus, and this celebration, from West Hollywood to the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and all along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Here are some of the memories we’ve gathered in video and photographs. If you have photos from Outsports Pride 2019 you’d like to share with us and our readers, tweet them or post them to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #outsportspride.