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Same Team is a podcast featuring influential LGBTQ athletes, journalists and personalities discussing the complexities of their respective journeys and the importance of their missions.Hosted by Daniel Trainor, the show covers a wide range of LGBTQ topics and areas of interest, with a keen eye on the future and the work that is left to be done.

Latest Episodes

Kirk Walker

In 2005, Kirk Walker was heralded as the first Division 1 collegiate coach to publicly come out as LGBTQ. Now, as an assistant softball coach at UCLA, he balances a life of coaching and activism. We talk about growing up in Los Angeles in the 70's, living a closeted life for the first part of his professional career, what led to his decision to come out as a gay man and why fostering a supportive group for LGBTQ people in sports has become his passion.

63 MIN2 weeks ago
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Kirk Walker

Brock McGillis

Former professional hockey player Brock McGillis talks about his journey to becoming the first openly gay professional player in the sport, the homophobic culture that runs hockey locker rooms, why leagues like the NHL aren't doing enough to advance LGBTQ support and how he's transitioned into a life of activism and education.

95 MINSEP 12
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Brock McGillis

Ryan O'Callaghan

Former NFL lineman Ryan O'Callaghan talks about living life in the closet for his entire playing career, battling suicidal ideologies, the decision to come out as a gay man in 2017, the support he's found from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his new book "My Life On The Line: How The NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life."

36 MINAUG 30
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Ryan O'Callaghan

Avery Saffold

Last month, Amherst College defensive back Avery Saffold came out as a gay man. With his eyes on the future while holding an appreciation for his past, he discusses growing up on the South Side of Chicago, being a two-sport athlete at a Catholic high school, the journey to embracing his sexuality and how he has used his voice to influence those around him.

35 MINAUG 16
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Avery Saffold

Scott MacArthur

Two weeks ago, Sportsnet broadcaster Scott MacArthur came out as a gay man in a raw, emotional seven-minute-long video. He talks about the journey to this moment, the lessons he's learned along the way and why living life authentically has become his guiding force.

75 MINAUG 1
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Scott MacArthur

Eddie Penev

U.S. and NCAA champion gymnast Eddie Penev talks about being born in Bulgaria, transitioning to a life in the States, coming out to teammates as a student-athlete at Stanford and how he manages to maintain focus with his eyes set on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

50 MINJUL 11
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Eddie Penev

Conner Mertens

In 2014, as a kicker at Willamette University, Conner Mertens became the first collegiate football player to come out as LGBTQ. He talks about wrestling with his religious background, the process of accepting his sexuality, the impact his story had on those closet to him and why living a life of activism and advocacy has become his mission.

72 MINJUN 21
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Conner Mertens

Haley Videckis

Former collegiate basketball player Haley Videckis and her girlfriend Layana White sued Pepperdine University for anti-gay discrimination, blazing a trail for LGBTQ athletes' rights. Videckis talks about the difficulty of that journey, the life she was forced to forfeit and why activism is now at the forefront of her mission.

74 MINJUN 7
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Haley Videckis

Jack Murley

BBC reporter and commentator Jack Murley talks about growing up in Cornwall, the path to finding himself through his work and the strength he finds in being an openly gay man in his field of work...all before totally geeking out on professional wrestling.

64 MINMAY 28
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Jack Murley

Josh Dixon

Former Team USA gymnast Josh Dixon talks about his unique family upbringing, coming out during his time at Stanford, competing at the Olympic Trials, how he learned to bounce back from professional setback and why he's decided to pivot into a life of politics and social activism.

87 MINMAY 9
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Josh Dixon

Latest Episodes

Kirk Walker

In 2005, Kirk Walker was heralded as the first Division 1 collegiate coach to publicly come out as LGBTQ. Now, as an assistant softball coach at UCLA, he balances a life of coaching and activism. We talk about growing up in Los Angeles in the 70's, living a closeted life for the first part of his professional career, what led to his decision to come out as a gay man and why fostering a supportive group for LGBTQ people in sports has become his passion.

63 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Kirk Walker

Brock McGillis

Former professional hockey player Brock McGillis talks about his journey to becoming the first openly gay professional player in the sport, the homophobic culture that runs hockey locker rooms, why leagues like the NHL aren't doing enough to advance LGBTQ support and how he's transitioned into a life of activism and education.

95 MINSEP 12
Comments
Brock McGillis

Ryan O'Callaghan

Former NFL lineman Ryan O'Callaghan talks about living life in the closet for his entire playing career, battling suicidal ideologies, the decision to come out as a gay man in 2017, the support he's found from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his new book "My Life On The Line: How The NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life."

36 MINAUG 30
Comments
Ryan O'Callaghan

Avery Saffold

Last month, Amherst College defensive back Avery Saffold came out as a gay man. With his eyes on the future while holding an appreciation for his past, he discusses growing up on the South Side of Chicago, being a two-sport athlete at a Catholic high school, the journey to embracing his sexuality and how he has used his voice to influence those around him.

35 MINAUG 16
Comments
Avery Saffold

Scott MacArthur

Two weeks ago, Sportsnet broadcaster Scott MacArthur came out as a gay man in a raw, emotional seven-minute-long video. He talks about the journey to this moment, the lessons he's learned along the way and why living life authentically has become his guiding force.

75 MINAUG 1
Comments
Scott MacArthur

Eddie Penev

U.S. and NCAA champion gymnast Eddie Penev talks about being born in Bulgaria, transitioning to a life in the States, coming out to teammates as a student-athlete at Stanford and how he manages to maintain focus with his eyes set on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

50 MINJUL 11
Comments
Eddie Penev

Conner Mertens

In 2014, as a kicker at Willamette University, Conner Mertens became the first collegiate football player to come out as LGBTQ. He talks about wrestling with his religious background, the process of accepting his sexuality, the impact his story had on those closet to him and why living a life of activism and advocacy has become his mission.

72 MINJUN 21
Comments
Conner Mertens

Haley Videckis

Former collegiate basketball player Haley Videckis and her girlfriend Layana White sued Pepperdine University for anti-gay discrimination, blazing a trail for LGBTQ athletes' rights. Videckis talks about the difficulty of that journey, the life she was forced to forfeit and why activism is now at the forefront of her mission.

74 MINJUN 7
Comments
Haley Videckis

Jack Murley

BBC reporter and commentator Jack Murley talks about growing up in Cornwall, the path to finding himself through his work and the strength he finds in being an openly gay man in his field of work...all before totally geeking out on professional wrestling.

64 MINMAY 28
Comments
Jack Murley

Josh Dixon

Former Team USA gymnast Josh Dixon talks about his unique family upbringing, coming out during his time at Stanford, competing at the Olympic Trials, how he learned to bounce back from professional setback and why he's decided to pivot into a life of politics and social activism.

87 MINMAY 9
Comments
Josh Dixon