Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, October 9, 2020. It’s finally Friday.

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This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Remembering trans advocate, blogger and ultimate Houston sports fan Monica Roberts

Here are 15 inspiring Asian and Asian-American LGBTQ athletes who have come out publicly

Watch: What’s the best way to come out to your teammates?

EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch promises LGBTQ pro wrestling ‘magic’

Newest installment of our new feature, Out in the World: As a coach and teacher, Jarrin Williams is a rock in Rock Island

ICYMI, the latest Being Out feature: For gay college athlete, law school is his next big challenge

3 coming-out recommendations from the publicist who helps pro athletes come out

Celebrating LGBTQ sports history: Gay former college kicker is coming out

Our 3rd most popular story as we count down to National Coming Out Day: W. Virginia gay soccer player comes out at dance

In other LGBT Sports news…

Should Arizona ban transgender women from women’s sports? A Zoom conversation on Oct. 22 featuring 2 LGBTQ advocates, an anti-trans activist professor, and a state lawmaker who proposed a bathroom bill in 2013

Also new this morning…

Lakers vs. Heat Preview: Mamba No. 5

Patriots-Broncos moving to Monday night, Titans-Bills slated for Tuesday

Tom Brady makes rare mental error losing track of downs during final drive in Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears game, Bruce Arians claims otherwise

It’s Braves vs. Dodgers in NLCS

2020 French Open: Men’s Semifinal Preview

5 burning question heading into UFC on ESPN+ 37


The GO! SPACE and Equality Coaching Alliance Facebook groups are sharing profile graphics created by out gay artist Thomas Wehner for National Coming Out Day:

“Members, we are asking you to celebrate National coming out week and National Coming out Day, Oct. 11th but changing your social media profile pics and also posting the attached graphics. Visibility matters and to celebrate it we need to create a space which helps others feel safe to come out.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change your profile pic for the week until Oct 11th. Share with any friends that are willing to do the same. The round version works for circular Profile pic format. Thank you Thomas Wehner for creating these great graphics.”

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:

As we ponder why some MLB players are homophobic in 2020, maybe we should start by asking why some of them believe the earth is flat:

Thursday was International Lesbian Day. Out trans lesbian softball pitcher, boudoir photographer, YouTube personality and journalist Melody Maia Monet noted this on her Instagram:

Congrats to Billie Jean King who is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and tweeted congratulations to her team!

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, our Ken Schultz is pleading, “Please God, Not the Astros!” in his latest episode of 3 Strikes You’re Out. Ken and his guest Adam Sokol say the Houston Astros are like 2020. We’re all just trying to survive until they’re done. But they JUST WON’T GO AWAY. 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 FINAL, Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC-TV

MLB ALDS, Game 5:

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. EDT on TBS


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

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