Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, November 23, 2020. It’s Monday. Folks of a certain vintage will remember today was the day in 1963 that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

On this day in 1892: Pierre de Coubertin launches plan for the modern Olympic Games at the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques AGM.

It’s also the 116th anniversary of the closing ceremony of the first modern Olympic Summer Games to be held in the United States: in St. Louis, Mo. It wasn’t very well-attended, partly because of war, partly because of travel limitations of the time.

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

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Coming to at 8 a.m. EST: LGBTQ researcher has 2 theories on lack of openly gay players in male team sports

At 9 a.m. EST: His gay flag football family helped save this trans athlete’s life

In other LGBT Sports news…

‘It was one of the scariest things to have to do’: Tom Daley on ‘coming out’ and ‘growing up as a queer person.’ Taken from a new book, ‘The Queer Advantage’

Aoife Cooke leads the fight for gay and lesbian inclusiveness in athletics

14 States File Brief With Court Backing Idaho Transgender Sports law: Nebraska, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana (shocker), Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

I Was Terrified to Come Out as Trans. Here’s How the Running Community Helped by Chris Mosier

John Cleese Stirs Twitter Pot With Jabs At Transgender Rights And J.K. Rowling Defense:

Also new this morning…

Final score: Chiefs 35, Raiders 31

Joe Burrow injured vs. Washington Football Team; carted off field

Panthers 20 Lions 0: Carolina’s defense shines in shutout win over Detroit

Patriots’ already slim playoff hopes take another hit in Houston

Auburn, Bruce Pearl Not Outsmarting Anyone With Self-Imposed Postseason Ban

Dabo Swinney blasts Florida State for postponing game after Clemson player tests positive

MLS gave us one of the wildest soccer shootouts we’ve ever seen

Dana White: Jessica Andrade ‘a real problem’ for Valentina Shevchenko, who doesn’t need to please critics


Sign up today for the Holiday HangOUT with the GO! SPACE and Equality Coaching Alliance! It’s open to all, and it’s a great opportunity to meet other members socially. Space is limited, so sign up today for the Dec. 1st event. Click here for the link to RSVP.

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:

Sunday was Billie Jean King’s birthday, and she tweeted that two years ago, she celebrated turning 75 by dancing with pop singer Cyndi Lauper:

How did the tennis icon mark her 77th birthday? Take a look:

Sebastian, 22, recommends a short, warm shower before working out. He shared this photo on Instagram with the #gayathlete hashtag:

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 Cyd Zeigler is back with the Outsports podcast Five Rings To Rule Them All. This week: Olympic historian Tony Scupham-Bilton shares some of the great LGBTQ athlete stories you’ve likely never heard before. 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

NFL: Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN.


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

Share your thoughts in the comments below or email us at [email protected]

Thanks for reading all the way to the end. The next edition of The Huddle will appear tomorrow morning on Stay safe!

Don't forget to share: