Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 16, 2020. It’s Wednesday.
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.
This Morning’s Sports Headlines:
Having a baby during a pandemic makes 3 for this PGA staffer and her wife
How this gay All-American runner is fighting to save Minnesota’s men’s track & field team by taking part in a protest march today
In other LGBT Sports news...
Facebook slaps fact check on political ads stoking fears about transgender kids in girls sports
New political ad attacking U.S. Senator from Michigan claims LGBTQ rights bill would ‘destroy girls’ sports’
Also new this morning...
NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: Packers vault into top three
Trade may be only solution for Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
This is why Colin Kaepernick ripped NFL videos on social justice
Chicago radio host fired for ‘degrading’ tweet that mocked ESPN’s Maria Taylor
See how Megan Rapinoe reacted — Scroll down to Social Media Highlights!
Mark LaFrance posted in the Equality Coaching Alliance Facebook Group about an upcoming event, the first of two upcoming virtual panels on LGBTQ+ Inclusion initiatives in college athletics, sponsored by CoSIDA and N4A. This first one is next Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. EDT, and will feature some talented college coaches and administrators. Click here for more info, and click here to register.
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.
And speaking of upcoming events, join Outsports co-founder Jim Buzinski on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. EDT, for a conversation with four men’s hockey players, coaches and referees who have come out recently and are still connected to the sport. They’ll share their experiences in the locker room, the reactions of teammates and colleagues, as well as talk about the shifting dynamics on a hockey team when a player comes out as gay or bi. Get more details and learn how to register by clicking here!
Highlights from Social Media:
Outsports podcasts won the recommendation of Metrosource Magazine, in an article highlighting 10 LGBTQ-focused podcasts!
We’ve put together a few #LGBTQ podcasts that you should tune into. These funny and informative podcasts, cover everything from news, sports, gayming, LGBTQ history, and more @OntheRocksOnAir @WhoInvitedHerSD @outsports https://t.co/QEzfK8kCrW— METROSOURCE (@MetrosourceMag) September 8, 2020
Scroll down to see which of our six daily podcasts is available for download today!
We told you Megan Rapinoe weighed-in on the Maria Taylor story. Here’s her tweet:
You know what is so dope about @MariaTaylor ... EVERYTHING! With you Maria!— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 15, 2020
Billie Jean King shared this thought following the announcement by the city of Louisville of a $12M settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police:
Nothing will replace the life of Breonna Taylor, a daughter, sister, EMT, and friend to many.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 15, 2020
Let’s not lose focus.
Justice must be served.#BreonnaTaylor https://t.co/Qu8rbLgopJ
I leave you with these wise words from out gay football player, Jake Bain:
Something I realized today that might apply to you too... if I loved myself even half as much as I love others, I’d be so much happier with my life. So for the rest of 2020, it’s all about self love baby, self love♥️— Jake Bain (@jakebain17) September 15, 2020
If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, The Trans Sporter Room welcomes back Juniper Simonis, the trans athlete and biologist who is fresh off the front lines of protests in Portland, Ore., and who recently fled the wildfires in her home state. Karleigh Webb and I also talk about news about the next Star Trek film! We also issued an apology to out trans soccer player Quinn on behalf of Outsports. 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 (It looks like Jason Gay got his wish)
WNBA: NO GAMES SCHEDULED
NBA PLAYOFFS: NO GAMES SCHEDULED
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: NO GAMES SCHEDULED
MLB NATIONALLY-TELEVISED GAMES:
Oakland Athletics vs. Colorado Rockies at 3:10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN
New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 9:40 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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