Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, November 18, 2020. It’s Wednesday.

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

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Trans long-distance runner finds freedom as she lives her life fearlessly

USA Gymnastics adopts pro-transgender inclusion policy

Tom Daley how de we love thee? Let us count the ways

Gay fitness trainer visited 100 CrossFit gyms and found excellence led to quick acceptance

In other LGBT Sports news…

Well, now we know that Idaho, which has a contested law banning trans athletes, won’t host March Madness next year, after all: NCAA relocating 2021 Division I men’s basketball championship sites

Footballer Thomas Beattie doesn’t want any gay athlete or fan to feel alone

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Eliminates Johnny Weir, Says He Feels ‘Horrific’

Weir told Entertainment Tonight that he had been “crying for hours” after receiving lower scores during the couple’s salsa. He said he knew that meant his time on the show was coming to an end.

“I knew I was done as soon as we finished the salsa,” Weir said. “I’m an athlete and very human and when you know you’ve lost, it’s a hard pill to swallow.”

  • Scroll down to see Johnny’s tweet about what he plans to do next!

Also new this morning…

The format for the 2020-21 NBA season is kind of lame

James Harden reportedly turns down $50 million per year extension with Rockets

Theo Epstein is stepping down as Cubs President of Baseball Operations

Antonio Brown’s latest alleged outburst was news to NFL. Will he be suspended again?

TMZ: Jamal Adams ‘Fought Depression’ While Playing for Jets: ‘They Don’t Want to Win’


Our friend Kirk Walker posted congratulations for Equality Coaching Alliance member Fleurette King on her achieving a permanent position at Colorado State University.

Fleurette King

“I have been in a temporary position as the Equity Educator at Colorado State University for 1.5 years, providing faculty-facing professional development. I conducted the most selective job search and decided to keep my talent and passion at CSU in the permanent role (sport reference, Lol). I appreciate the amazing community, the commitment to equity & justice, feeling valued, and the positive impact on my development and growth. Go Rams!!!”

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:

Timothy Cappelli of Pittsburgh posted this photo on Instagram using the #gayathlete hashtag. He wants us to know, “There’s always room for improvement.” And I know some of you looking at this picture want to know… “Um, which room, please?”

Who’s been watching their view counter on YouTube? Olympian Tom Bosworth, that’s who!

And although he said he feels “horrific” about being eliminated from Dancing With the Stars, Johnny Weir tweeted this:

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Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, former rugger turned filmmaker Caroline Layt beams up to The Trans Sporter Room from Perth, Australia, to talk about her transition, playing rugby, the trans ban and her love of science fiction, especially Star Trek. She also shares news of her new documentary film. 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


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

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