Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 21, 2020. It’s Monday, and #BiAwarenessWeek continues!

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This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

It’s time to ban Iran from the Olympic Games by our Cyd Zeigler. Scroll down to Podcasts to learn more!

In other LGBT Sports news…

NWSL: Utah Royals place head coach Craig Harrington and assistant on leave

  • Scroll down to Social Media to fill in the blanks by reading what the players had to say about racism, misogyny and sexism behind the scenes

Also new this morning…

NFL Week 2, Sunday Night Football: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks final score, Russell Wilson cooks, Seattle defense gets huge stop to top New England

We Hate TURFs (oh, wait, they mean the football field… ok, nevermind): San Francisco 49ers criticize turf at MetLife Stadium after rash of injuries

NBA Finals: Anthony Davis nails buzzer-beater to lift Los Angeles Lakers over Denver Nuggets in Game 2

It’s not sports, but: RuPaul wins again at the Emmy Awards


Our friend, out UCLA softball coach Kirk Walker shared a video from ESPN in the Equality Coaching Alliance Facebook group, along with this message:

“Great work ECA member Holly Rowe for sharing and telling this story. Several ECA members are highlighted and interviewed in the segment. Great timeline of the advocacy and activism of the WNBA athletes.” Watch 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:

Most of the players of the Utah Royals FC signed this tweeted statement about head coach Craig Harrington as well as an assistant coach being placed on leave, and sent a message of support for his interim replacement, Amy LePeilbet.

Our friend Kaitlyn Long captioned this Instagram photo, “All hair.” I for one am jealous and respond with “All beauty!”

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“In sport,” writes non-binary athlete Rach Mcbride in an inspiring Instagram post, “we are constantly chasing #flowstate. I strive to find that flow in sport as much as I’ve tapped into it with my cello!”

I’m a big believer in the thought that it’s never too late to convey sympathy, grief, or good wishes. Friday night, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, and the news reached different people at different times; Partly because of religious observances, partly because that’s just how news travels. Here’s Olympian Ian Thorpe:

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Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today our Cyd Zeigler returns with a new episode of Five Rings To Rule Them All.

This week, Cyd talks with openly gay former Ambassador to Germany and Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell about the reasons to ban Iran from Olympic competition. The murder of national-champion wrestler Navid Afkari has sparked international outrage, coupled with a decades-long history of the torture and mistreatment of LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities. Grenell is a champion of LGBTQ rights and also involved in the current GOP campaign for the White House. Listen here:

What do you think? Is it time to ban Iran from the Olympic Games? Tell us in the comments or tweet at us at @FiveRingsToRule or of course at @outsports!

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: Monday Night Football is back on ABC!

New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders at 8:15 p.m. EDT on both ESPN and ABC-TV

WNBA SEMIFINALS: No games scheduled

NBA PLAYOFFS: No games scheduled


Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN


Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians at 6:15 p.m. EDT on ESPN+


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

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