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Outsports Names Nicola Adams Female Athlete of the Year
(SFGN) Outsports has selected Orlando Cruz and Nicola Adams as its male and female Athletes of the Year. Both boxers saw successes this year. Cruz, a lightweight from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico won a North American title. Adams, a bantamweight from West Yorkshire, England, defended her Olympic gold medal for Great Britain. Cruz identifies as gay, and Adams as bisexual. Outsports describeds Adams’ 2016 successes as “nothing short of amazing.”
The boxer from Great Britain didn’t just win a world championship, she followed it up in August with an Olympic gold medal as well. She was the only British boxer to win an Olympic gold in 2016.
Her victory in Rio made her the first female boxer to successfully defend an Olympic title and the first British boxer — man or woman — to defend an Olympic title in 92 years. She also won gold in her flyweight division in front of her home London crowd in 2012.
Feds Announce First Hate Crime Plea with Transgender Victim
(AP) A Mississippi man who previously admitted killing a transgender teen from Alabama because of her sexual identity has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.
The U.S. Justice Department says the plea, entered Wednesday by 28-year-old Joshua Brandon Vallum of Lucedale, Mississippi, is the nation's first involving a victim targeted because of gender identity under a federal hate crime law.
Vallum pleaded guilty to a state murder charge in July in the 2015 beating death of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson of Theodore, Alabama.
Williamson dated Vallum. Authorities say Vallum was in a gang that banned homosexuality, and killed Williamson after a friend discovered Williamson wasn't biologically female.
Vallum already is serving a life sentence in state prison. He faces the same sentence in the federal case.