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The Final Huddle of 2020, Thursday, Dec. 31

The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBTQ 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 31, 2020. It’s Thursday. Happy New Year! This will be the last edition of the week as well as for the year.

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


This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

U.S. pro rugby player Devin Ibañez comes out as gay

Gay male hockey players are coming out in droves, and changing the sport’s culture

Tennis couple Alison Van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen celebrate Christmas by getting engaged

The Outsports Awards for 2020

QWI 100: The year’s best LGBTQ pro wrestlers 1-100


In other LGBT Sports news...

Out in Denver: Doshia Woods’ Journey Inspires Other Coaches to Live Authentically and Escape the Closet

The Sports Media LGBT+ Review of 2020

Sen. Lee supports bill to ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports


Also new this morning...

Becky Hammon Becomes First Woman to Serve as Head Coach in N.B.A. Game

Fran Belibi is changing how women’s college ball does dunking

AEW signed Brodie Lee’s 8-year-old son before his father’s untimely death

Doctor Who’s John Barrowman teases the next Doctor ‘could be gay, bisexual or fluid’


OutShouts:

Congratulations to GO!SPACE and Equality Coaching Alliance co-founder Kirk Walker, the out UCLA softball coach, for winning the Outsports Male Hero of the Year award!

Kirk Walker
Kirk Walker
Shelby Weldon / Photo via UCLA Athletic

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:

Happy New Year to all our readers, especially Sky Sports’ Jon Holmes of Sports Media LGBT+!

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, our Brian Bell wraps up 2020 with a tribute to the late great Brodie Lee and a review of his amazing QWI 100 on the Outsports podcast LGBT In The Ring! 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

NCAAF BOWL GAMES:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of college football action today.


NBA:

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


NCAAM:

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


NCAAW:

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


SOCCER:

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


Share your thoughts in the comments below or email us at outsportshuddle@gmail.com

Thanks for reading all the way to the end. The next edition of The Huddle will appear Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2021, on Outsports.com

Stay safe and Happy New Year from Outsports!