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:

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!

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. Being someone who has been bullied for their sexuality, this day is very important to me. I got passed the negative comments. I got passed the harassment and name calling. I made it out of there alive, with some stories to tell on the side. I was so close to losing the never ending battle; to giving up and letting go of what I now cherish the most: being here today. For those young LGBTQ+ persons who lost their lives, we stand here today to fight for them, celebrate them, and honor them. We will never give in to bullying, and we will stay strong to come out the other side. Make sure you wear purple today and spread awareness about spirit day, it is very important that those who lost their lives are honored. Stay kind, and speak up. 💜🌈 #spiritday #purple #lgbt #honorthefallen

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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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