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The Huddle for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020

The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBT sports news, the latest links and who’s in the social media spotlight.

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Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, December 3, 2020. It’s Thursday, or, as my friend Robin Roberts of Good Morning America calls it, “Friday Eve.” This week sure has been some year, hasn’t it?

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


This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

A gay Christian from Oklahoma finds identity and niche as athletics administrator at Stanford

ICYMI:


In other LGBT Sports news...

WNBA Viewership Increases as Other Major Sports Leagues’ Viewership Falls


Also new this morning...

Russell Westbrook traded to Wizards for John Wall, first-round pick

LeBron James is signing a two-year, $85 million extension with the Lakers

NBA 2020-21 season explainer: Schedule, COVID-19 protocols, playoff format and big questions


OutShouts:

Let’s welcome Chris McLeod, a new member of the GO! SPACE Facebook group! Today he posted that he is recuperating at a hospital in Washington State following successful hip replacement surgery. Get well soon, Coach!

Facebook

McLeod writes: “My love of sports was ignited in a wrestling room in Havre, MT filled with future Olympians, Division 1 athletes and Coaching Hall-of-Famers (Dennis Campbell, Bob Zadick, and Scott Barrett to name a few.) Although I was well-rounded in most mainstream sports, I excelled in wrestling and football...

“I have coached at all levels, from youth to professionals in a multitude of sports. My youth coaching experience includes USA Wrestling, USA Boxing, First Tee Golf, Basketball, Volleyball, AYSO Soccer, and USA Football...

“About a year and a half ago, I embarked on a new journey which began with telling my wife of 10 years, that I was gay. She was, at that time, the only person who knew. I have since opened up to our 5 children and our closest friends and family, but it is time to let the rest of the world know. There are tough issues to address and crucial conversations to be had in terms of ensuring that LGBTQ+ coaches, athletes and allies can feel safe and supported in the world of athletics at every level and I want to be part of the movement that reshapes that landscape.”

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:

News from Kansas City where our friend Justice Horn tells us an ordinance aimed at creating an LGBTQ commission failed to make it out of committee. Keep pushing, Justice!

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at outsportshuddle@gmail.com 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, a new episode of LGBT In The Ring is taking you to the mat with host Brian Bell officiating. He welcomes “The Psycho Dyke” Rebel Kinney to the show. Kinney is brash about representing the lesbian community in pro wrestling and beyond. 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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas at 6 p.m. EST on CBSSN

Air Force vs. Utah State at 9:30 p.m. EST on CBSSN


MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

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


WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

Click here for ESPN’S schedule of NCAAW action today.


MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule for today’s action on the ice.


SOCCER:

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


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