Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 19, 2020. It’s Saturday, usually a day off for me. But the death of associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg necessitates this roundup of reaction from across the spectrum of LGBTQ sports, and beyond.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday from complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
Read how Outsports covered RBG and the decisions impacting our community, in which she played a vital role:
- In June 2013, Ginsburg joined the majority of Supreme Court justices in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act
- In June 2015, she joined the majority of Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality
- In June 2020, she joined the majority who ruled that gay and transgender Americans were protected from workplace discrimination
- One of those cases she decided was that of a gay softball player, Gerald Bostock
- Ginsburg was one of several living legends honored by the USWNT with jerseys, each personally selected by a player. Becky Sauerbrunn chose RBG, and received a personal letter of thanks. Scroll down to Social Media Highlights to see the jersey
SB Nation reported in 2016 that Ginsburg called Colin Kaepernick’s sideline protest of system racism “dumb and disrespectful,” then later apologized, calling her comment “inappropriately dismissive and harsh.”
Highlights from Social Media tributes to RBG:
“So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.”— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 19, 2020
My Shero, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died.
To pay tribute, those who believe in equality & freedom must fight for the ideals she championed.
For generations to follow. pic.twitter.com/oHJOGSVZIy
In 1996, our National Team visited “The Highest Court in the Land,” the basketball court on the 5th floor of the US Supreme Court building. I remember thinking how small these two women were, while at the same time realizing they were giants. My heart weeps tonight. pic.twitter.com/ky7wOqRAe1— Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) September 18, 2020
You ever see someone 5’1” stand so tall?— Merts (@ConnerMertens) September 19, 2020
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception.” - RBG— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) September 19, 2020
Absolutely gutted. RIP
This is devastating, an incalculable loss. We owe so much to RBG. Rest in Power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #RIPRBG— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 19, 2020
It’s hard to put into words how painful it feels to lose RBG. She fiercely held our country accountable to its promise of equality for all. Rest in power, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.— Anna Aagenes (@AnnaLinaAagenes) September 19, 2020
I see a lot of hopelessness being expressed w/ the news of RBG’s passing. I believe the best way to honor her life isn’t by giving in to despair but by recommitting to the fight. Had she focused solely on what wasn’t possible she would have never made the world see what was. https://t.co/4AwMebbQBq— LZ Granderson (@LZGranderson) September 19, 2020
RIP, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. pic.twitter.com/wqZppWzBiQ— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) September 19, 2020
An incredible pioneer and leader for women.— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) September 19, 2020
Rest in Peace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/CLYdk3bvvs
The Brooklyn Nets mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Brooklyn icon and titan of the judiciary, who fought every day of her life for justice and equality.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 19, 2020
Rest in peace, RBG ❤️ An icon, leader and inspiration. pic.twitter.com/kN82gmwih0— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) September 19, 2020
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Podcast Du Jour
The Big Ten Football Conference will be played this fall after all. Does this mean the athletes win, or that non-revenue sports will no longer be on the chopping block? Not so fast. On this week’s show, Alex chats with advocate and former college football player Akil Patterson about the Big Ten’s reversal and what’s at stake. Listen starting at 6 a.m. EDT!
Today’s Sports Calendar
Click here for ESPN’s complete Saturday schedule
WNBA: NO GAMES SCHEDULED
NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS:
Game 1, Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC
MLB NATIONALLY-TELEVISED GAMES:
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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