Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, October 26, 2020. Brace yourself.
Your need to read time today is under 2-minutes.
This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:
Today’s Coming Out story: Fordham WBB star took a detour away from WNBA draft to start his transition
Coming to Outsports at 9 a.m. EDT: Celebrating LGBTQ sports history: The Front Runner is published
In other LGBT Sports news...
Texas Tech responds to Stollings discrimination lawsuit: “Defendants also discriminated against Coach Marlene Stollings – and others – because she was a member of the gay and lesbian community employed by Texas Tech in the Athletics Department,” the lawsuit states.
Transgender sports policies have thrown fair play out the window by (we-forgot-she-existed) Canadian transphobe Barbara Kay.
Virtual program focuses on ‘Fulton Flash’ Helen Stephens: Missouri native and closeted lesbian Helen Stephens ran like no one else, breaking records and barriers for women in sports. But today, many don’t know her name.
Also new this morning...
Sources tell Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus: Wisconsin could be without QB Graham Mertz after a positive COVID-19 test
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:
Connor Mertens says it all! And followers agree:
This is such an intense/engrained fear while growing up queer. I convinced myself I would never have meaningful relationships with straight guy friends after I was honest about my sexuality.— Merts (@ConnerMertens) October 26, 2020
Spending years imagining worst case scenarios, you tend to appreciate the little things.
Same here. I’ve told one straight guy the struggle of hoping to find a straight homie to hang with and doesn’t judge me. His first response was, I’m not a straight friend, I’m just a friend. We also tell each other we love each other. This friendship never seemed possible for me.— Charlie (@Chahee) October 26, 2020
I have such fantastic hetero male friends, like one that says “All the homo” instead of “No homo”— Eric Pinder (@operahockeyguy) October 26, 2020
I treasure their friendship more than they know https://t.co/9eFLocDfs5
Podcast Du Jour
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, our Cyd Zeigler is back with Five Rings To Rule Them All! Callan Chythlook-Sifsof is a brave athlete. Growing up in rural Alaska, a town of just 200 people, she forged a path for herself with no role models in her sport of snowboarding. Not only did she become the first Indigenous Alaskan to represent the United States in the Olympics, but she also came out publicly as gay during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games held in Sochi, Russia. She talks with us about the discrimination she’s faced for her gender, sexual orientation and race, as well as what it was like dating one of her competitors on the team of another country. This episode goes live at 8 a.m. EDT
Today’s Sports Calendar
NFL Week 7:
MLB World Series Game 6 is TOMORROW night
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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