Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, December 15, 2020. It’s Tuesday.

On this day in LGBTQ sports history, Sports Illustrated named Arthur Ashe Sportsman of the Year 1992. He died less than two months later of AIDS-related pneumonia.

Your need to read time today is under 90-seconds.

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Coming to at 8 a.m. EST: Cleveland baseball’s name change ushers in a new and more welcoming era

At 9:30 a.m. EST: These 2 athletes will play against each other at the Olympics. They just got engaged

In other LGBT Sports news…

Venezuelan LGBT Triple Jumper Yulimar Rojas World Athletics’ Female Athlete of 2020

Pandemic collides with concerns about LGBTQ students’ mental health

The Challenges Transgender Athletes Face Off the Field

Also new this morning…

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson “following simple commands” after in-game collapse

Ravens at Browns final recap: an AFC North instant classic

LaMelo Ball scores his first points as a Hornet, but the Hornets lose, 112-109

Georgia’s U.S. senators defend Atlanta Braves’ name after the Cleveland Indians’ announce name change

Cancellation of Vanderbilt vs. Georgia Likely Ends Sarah Fuller’s Football Career


Congratulations to our friend Akil Patterson of Baltimore who posted in the Equality Coaching Alliance that he has accepted a new position in Portland, Ore. to work with a union!

Akil Patterson

We’ve reported on the former wrestler and NFL prospect since 2011 and most recently about his proposal to use Black combat athletes to train police.

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:

Kudos to our Cyd Zeigler and his husband Dan for maintaining a holiday tradition in these Covid times.

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, D.Gil welcomes Etienne Aduya to The GAMEDAY TEA podcast to talk about football and tennis and his own life challenges. You may recall that in September, Aduya wrote an op-ed in Outsports about police and Black people and what he wanted to do about conflicts and protests. Listen to his chat with D.Gil here:

If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. Anyone can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 24 hours a day, and it’s available to people of all ages and identities.

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 men’s college basketball action.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action.


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

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