Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, Oct. 12, 2020. And yeah, it’s Monday. Most banks, schools, post offices and government offices are closed for what is officially “Columbus Day,” but my town, my children and I consider today Indigenous People’s Day.

Your need to read time today is under 90-seconds.

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Celebrating LGBTQ sports history: the story of the very first convention for LGBTQ sports fans and athletes, titled 2003 — The Year We Made Contact

Did you miss our big story? Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins among NFL players in video for National Coming Out Day

In other LGBT Sports news…

BBC: Transgender women in rugby union: Mixed reaction to World Rugby decision

The Economist: A ban by World Rugby could prove influential for transgender sports

Also new this morning…

Lakers dominate Heat to secure 17th championship as LeBron James wins Finals MVP

LeBron James hand-picked the Lakers’ roster and it got them a championship

Are these Lakers the best team LeBron James has ever been a part of?

Seahawks 27 Vikings 26: An epic comeback

Falcons fire head coach Dan Quinn and Falcons fire Thomas Dimitroff

Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 5

Arozarena sends homer 413 feet as Rays take ALCS Game 1

A very serious Dodgers-Braves comparison

Rafael Nadal routs Novak Djokovic to win French Open for record-tying 20th men’s Grand Slam title


Barb Sherwood shared this beautiful wedding photo in the Equality Coaching Alliance Facebook group for National Coming Out Day!

“Happy National Coming Out Day! It’s not a smooth ride and we get thrown curve balls left and right. However, I hope we all continue to show our true colors and keep fighting the good fight.”

Keri McGee and Barb Sherwood

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:

Coach Anthony Nicodemo shared this photo on Instagram, and said “There is nothing like living an authentic life.”

Paolo Ramirez says it’s been seven years since he came out, and he’s still coming out every day. He shared this in the #gayathlete hashtag on Instagram.

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HAPPY NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY! It’s been about 7 years and I’m still coming out everyday. In those 7 years I’ve slowly learned to accept and love myself. Coming out is something almost every LGBTQ+ person has to go through. It’s a slow journey and a scary moment when you finally tell the ones you love. When someone’s does come out it always goes two ways: their family accepts and love them who they are or they disown their child. Today we still see the latter and it’s just sad. I hope one day this doesn’t happen. Every LGBTQ+ youth will be accepted by their parents and loved ones because no one should feel alone and unloved in this crazy world we live in. Everyone should be free to love who they love! Let it be a fact that the person you love will not affect anyone else’s life except yours. Keep loving and never stop! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎 #nationalcomingoutday #pride #gay #lgbtq #loveislove #proudboy #keeploving #love #gayathlete #selflove #comingoutday

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And if you think the end of the WNBA and NBA finals means it’s now the off-season, Layshia Clarendon wants you to think again (with a little help from Adidas):

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, our Cyd Zeigler is back with a new episode of Five Rings To Rule Them All! This week, Cyd talks with two-time Olympian Jorik Hendrickx. 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


Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints at 8:15 p.m. EDT on ESPN


Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 4:07 p.m. EDT on TBS

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:08 p.m. EDT on FOX


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

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