Good morning and welcome back to The Huddle for today, December 21, 2020. It’s Monday. Thanks to a new internet provider, we’re back online and better than ever. But going three days without WiFi was no fun, let me tell ya! Yeah, I know, “first world problems.”

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

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

Former interns want Tulsi Gabbard to disavow support of anti-trans athletes bill

Soccer captain Jordan Henderson’s tweet exemplifies the spirit of Rainbow Laces

Coming to at 11 a.m. EST: Layshia Clarendon sent birthday wish to newly out trans boy when his family didn’t

A FanPost by one of our readers: The Legend of Pat Patterson

And from our friends at All For XI: Washington Spirit partnership with Qatar is troubling

In other LGBT Sports news…

Alex Blackwell: ‘I have felt profiled as a predator because I’m a lesbian’

Also new this morning…

How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 15

Sources tell ESPN: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger intends to return for 18th season

Patriots are officially eliminated from the NFL playoffs

Saints DE Cam Jordan ejected for throwing punch, takes blame for loss to Chiefs

Jaguars move into No. 1 overall spot in 2021 Draft

NBA Season Preview: All 30 teams answer one big question

Lakers sign Kyle Kuzma to three-year, $40 million extension

Five WNBA stars join Jordan Brand

Charlie Woods, Tiger’s 11-year-old son, is already awesome at golf


Can you sing, or play an instrument? Do you know an out athlete or coach who does? Equality Coaching Alliance and GO! SPACE co-founder Kirk Walker, who also happens to be UCLA’s softball coach, is looking to organize a night of musical performances on Facebook Live. Send him a DM if interested or to nominate someone you know by clicking 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:

Mister Bam of San Francisco has a message for followers of the #gayathete hashtag on Instagram:

#ICYMI Out transgender actor Elliot Page tweeted an update, and posted on Instagram, too:

One more non-athlete celebrity coming out to share, again #ICYMI: comedian Eddie Izzard announced her pronouns are she/her.

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 brings listeners of Five Rings to Rule Them All a new episode with Olympic ice hockey legend Meghan Duggan. Since retiring, she’s been fighting for equality and access for women in sports. 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 Week 15:

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN’s Monday Night Football


Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State vs. North Texas at 2:30 p.m. EST on ESPN


Click here to view ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


Click here to view ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


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

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