Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, October 11, 2020. It’s Sunday, and today is National Coming Out Day!

Your need to read time today is just under 2 minutes.

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Coming out as bi+ carries its own set of obstacles, but they aren’t insurmountable

Celebrating LGBTQ sports history, even the negative moments: USA Powerlifting bans all trans women from competing as women

Stephanie Shostak makes the right calls as a ref and as an advocate

ICYMI: Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins among NFL players in video for National Coming Out Day

There have been 14 out gay and bi players in the NFL’s 100-year history

Former NFL player Martin Jenkins comes out, gets nominated to California Supreme Court

Why ‘coming out’ is still necessary

Winners and losers of this week in LGBT Sports

We’ve been counting down to National Coming Out Day all month!

Our #3 most popular coming out story: Michael Martin, high school soccer, West Virginia

Our #2 most popular coming out story: Former NFL tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay

And our #1 most-read coming out story: Gay Kentucky basketball player supported by team

In other LGBT Sports news…

CNN gave Outsports a shoutout: NFL encourages players to come out in new PSA for National Coming Out Day

Bi sportswriter Dave Stevenson writes in Fansided: Washington Capitals: Thank you for everything, Braden Holtby

From our friend Jon Holmes in Sky Sports: Coming Out Day: Thetford Town FC player-manager Matt Morton shares his story

BBC: National Coming Out Day: People from across sport share stories

Yahoo: ‘LGBTQ landmark’: Tokyo opens Olympics Pride House

AmoMama: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Have Been Dating for Four Years — inside Their Love Story

Also new this morning…

Patriots-Broncos moved to next Sunday in light of New England’s latest Covid-19 case

Report: NFL plans to proceed with Broncos-Patriots

Tennessee Titans staff member tests positive for coronavirus, facility closed

Alabama’s Nick Saban wonders if Ole Miss knew defense’s signals

MLB Playoffs Power Rankings: Previewing the final four teams in the championship series

French Open Final: Nadal vs. Djokovic

NASCAR: Playoff elimination at Charlotte – who’s in, who’s out?

Cory Sandhagen defeats Marlon Moraes by second-round TKO

UFC Fight Island 5 video: Joaquin Buckley knocks out Impa Kasanganay with jaw-dropping spinning heel kick

3 stories from PinkNews that caught my eye:

SNL star Pete Davidson loved Harry Potter so much he got a tattoo, before JK Rowling’s ‘disappointing’ outbursts

UK’s first-ever Pride train staffed by an all-LGBT+ crew inspired a closeted rail engineer to come out as bisexual

Disney shows the big, beautiful world of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” in kaleidoscopic new trailer


Our friend LGBTQ youth advocate and educator Micah Porter shared this video in the GO! SPACE Facebook group, and thanked Outsports, all the panelists, and moderator Anthony Nicodemo for lifting up this important conversation! Watch it here:

How to come out to your team

5 LGBTQ athletes and a coach share their insights coming out to their teams across sports.

Posted by Outsports on Thursday, October 8, 2020

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.

Highlights from Social Media:

Thank you, NFL, and Anthony Harris (Vikings); Anthony Barr (Vikings); Dalton Risner (Broncos); Calais Campbell (Ravens); Jarvis Landry (Browns); Marlon Humphrey (Ravens); Rob Gronkowski (Buccaneers) and DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals) for taking part in this video for National Coming Out Day!

My eyes watered reading this tweet by icon Billie Jean King for National Coming Out Day:

Deputy managing editor Alex Reimer was out and about last night in Boston, and snapped this smokin’ selfie.

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at [email protected] or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!

Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, it’s a bonus edition of Alex Reimer’s podcast The Sports Kiki: On this week’s show, Alex speaks with ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez about his powerful coming out story, personal tragedy, and the journey to living a fulfilled life as an openly gay man in sports media. Listen here:

This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!

Today’s Sports Calendar

NFL: Click here for ESPN’s schedule of Week 5 football action

MLB ALCS Game 1:

Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 7:37 p.m. EDT on TBS


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. on ABC-TV

SOCCER: Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.

NASCAR: Here’s ESPN’s Grid for the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte

eSports: Check out this calendar from ESPN

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