Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, October 7, 2020. It’s Wednesday.

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

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Track athlete’s best friend came out to him. They’re now boyfriends

Former NFL player Martin Jenkins comes out, gets nominated to California Supreme Court

Coming to at 8 a.m. EDT: USL suspends Junior Flemmings for using homophobic slur

From Swish Appeal: Seattle Storm win the 2020 WNBA National Championship

A tie for our 5th most popular story as we countdown to National Coming Out Day: Sheryl Swoopes comes out And: Villanova swim team takes gay teammate to Chipotle for his coming out party

Coming to at 9 a.m. EDT: Celebrating LGBTQ sports history: Esera Tuaolo comes out as gay

Also new this morning…

Lakers survive sloppy first half to take 3-1 lead over Heat

Sources tell ESPN: Doc Rivers agrees to five-year deal to coach Philadelphia 76ers

Rangers select Alexis Lafreniere with No. 1 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

  • Scroll down for the Los Angeles Kings’ historic draft pick!

PGA Tour golf pro Tony Finau tests positive for COVID-19


The Equality Coaching Alliance group on Facebook has a post from our friend Jon Holmes of Sky Sports:

⚽️🏳️‍🌈 Our second Sports Media LGBT+ #AuthenticMe webinar in partnership with Pride Sports (who run the Football v Homophobia campaign) is called ‘Creating Space’ – all about soccer, being LGBTQ+, and mental health. You can watch it here!

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:

Quinton Byfield, a Black hockey player from Newmarket, Ontario, made history in the NHL Draft Tuesday night, and L.A. Kings prospect Akil Thomas gave him a shoutout on Twitter:

My lovely podcast co-host, friend and Outsports contributor Karleigh Webb is pretty in pink:

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I love the hair

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Ryan is being pensive (and shirtless) in this post to the Instagram hashtag #gayathlete, captioned: “Afternoon vibes.”

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 and I are back in The Trans Sporter Room with an interview with Quinn, the out transgender NWSL soccer player who recently came out and now is on loan to Sweden. 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

NBA FINALS: Game 5 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat is Thursday night.

MLB PLAYOFF GAMES: Click here for ESPN’s schedule of NLDS and ALDS games.

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

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