Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, October 21, 2020. It’s Wednesday.

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

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

EXCLUSIVE: Coach Rick Schantz is returning to the pitch after defending homophobia. This time he wants to build inclusion by our Cyd Zeigler

This follows yesterday’s breaking news by Cyd: Phoenix Rising won’t host USL Championship, essentially vacating ‘win’ against San Diego

This gay gymnastics coach and his team instantly embraced a transitioning teammate

Celebrating LGBTQ sports history: Greg Louganis comes out as gay

In other LGBT Sports news…

Dueling debates in Newsweek: The Transgender Threat to Women’s Sports vs. Transgender Athletes Do Not Threaten Women’s Sports

Also new this morning…

L.A. Perspective: Dodgers get behind efficient Kershaw to win Game 1

Tampa Bay view: Dodgers 8, Rays 3: October is for horror stories, right?

Fired Astros GM Jeff Luhnow On Suspension, Future

Report: Cowboys players discontent with coaching staff, “they just aren’t good at their jobs”

Troy Aikman addresses hot mic comments about pregame military flyover

UFC 254: Pros Predict Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje:

From MMA Fighting via YouTube


Out UCLA softball coach and longtime friend of Outsports Kirk Walker shared this news in the GO!SPACE Facebook group:

Robbie Manson announces his indefinite break from his competing and training as an elite international rower. Thanks Robbie for all the awareness and leadership you have brought to the lgbt sports movement. Good luck in the next chapters in your life.”

Robbie Manson

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:

This is so wrong.

Big news on Instagram as a Fordham WBB alum came out as transgender Tuesday:

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The “Bre Cavanaugh” era is officially over! Basketball has given me so much, a free education and friends that’ll last a lifetime. However, now it’s time to be who I really am! Yes I’m “coming out” but I’m a different way. Just know that gender dysphoria is a real thing and I’ve hid it for quite some time. Yes I am coming out as a transgender female to male. And yes there is probably so many questions people have… you got my inbox you can always ask questions. But I’m excited to finally become who I am and those who support I appreciate and those who don’t that is also fine! You can now refer to me as Bryson :). Just wanna thank everyone who’s had my back including my awesome girl @jennifer_brittany. Always remember I’ll still be me just a little different! Much love and respect! -Bryson Cavanaugh

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Congratulations to Bryson Cavanaugh, who has agreed to be interviewed by Outsports!

Congrats also to runner Jonathan Nguyen who is showcasing his virtual race medals in this Instagram post with the hashtag #gayathlete:

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, Karleigh Chardonnay Webb and I are back in The Trans Sporter Room with the news about Bryson Cavanaugh, as well as how the feds won one and lost one in their battle to pressure schools and universities to end their transgender student athlete inclusion policies. Plus, we’ll preview both Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote and the last presidential debate, both happening tomorrow. In addition, I’ve got the scoop on Star Trek: Discovery, Season 3, which drops episode 2 on CBS All Access tomorrow! 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

MLB World Series Game 2:

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:08 p.m.EDT on FOX in Arlington, Texas. Dodgers lead series 1-0.


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

NFL Week 7 begins tomorrow night:

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles at 8:20 p.m. EDT Thursday on FOX and NFL.

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