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The Spirit Day Huddle for Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBT sports news, the latest links and who’s in the social media spotlight.

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Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, Oct. 15, 2020. It’s Thursday, and we encourage you to show you’re against bullying by joining us in wearing purple today for Spirit Day.

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

For Spirit Day, our Cyd Zeigler has the story of a gay football player whose superpower against bullying was coming out and empowering himself

Celebrating LGBTQ sports history: Jason Collins comes out

Op-ed: Judge Amy Coney Barrett said she wasn’t aware of what the Alliance Defending Freedom was doing to our community. In my opinion: She lied

It wasn’t long ago that some baseball fans wore homophobia on their chests, writes our Ken Schultz for Spirit Day

In other LGBT Sports news...

Trans Olympian fencer starts petitions for Japan to creare equality law

Also new this morning...

Dodgers blowout could have lingering effects in NLCS

Vintage Greinke delivers. Javier in relief shuts down Rays, keeps Astros keep season afloat

Conor McGregor says he has accepted UFC bout vs. Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23

Alabama football coach Nick Saban, athletic director Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19


Jake Barreau’s outstanding post was shared in the Equality Coaching Alliance:

Equality Coaching Alliance

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:

We’re looking for #SpiritDay posts today!

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at 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 LGBT In The Ring! EFFY’s BIg Gay Brunch put queer identities front and center Saturday afternoon, and who better to unpack it all than two queer pro wrestling connoisseurs. Our Brian Bell welcomes Elm Hill (Wrestling with Gender) to chat all the battles, moments and, yes, unlimited twinks the show had to offer. 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: Nuthin’ till Sunday

MLB ALCS Game 5 and NLCS Game 4:

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros at 5:07 p.m. EDT on TBS

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


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

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