Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 27, 2020. It’s Sunday.

Your need to read time today is just a little over 90-seconds.

This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

Ben Koo of Awful Announcing interviewed me for this report: How and why HBO Real Sports pulled a segment on transgender student athletes. He obtained this statement from HBO, apparently referring to trans runner June Eastwood:

“REAL SPORTS explores stories from across the world of sports and at its core examines culture, ethics and the human experience. Out of respect for concerns raised by an athlete whose voice was central to a segment planned for broadcast, we decided to remove the interview. As a result of this, the segment was postponed.”

In other LGBT Sports news…

Sports Illustrated: How – and why – QMJHL prospect Yanic Duplessis came out as gay

Congrats to auto racer Charlie Martin!

Also new this morning…

LeBron James leads Los Angeles Lakers to first NBA Finals in 10 years

College Football Playoff takeaways: Is Oklahoma done? Is Florida for real?

K.J. Costello throws for SEC-record 623 yards as Mississippi State Bulldogs upset LSU Tigers

NFL picks for Week 3: Beat up 49ers still have enough to top Giants

Sources: Las Vegas Raiders under investigation over unauthorized locker room access

Questions raised about player safety after Raiders’ Johnathan Abram crashes into television cart


Our friend out UCLA softball coach Kirk Walker welcomes another friend of Outsports, Brian Kitts, co-founder of the You Can Play Project, to the GO! SPACE Facebook group. Click here to read more about the You Can Play Project.

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:

Billie Jean King notes history will be made in the NFL today:

Team USA Handball goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario is looking great seven months after Facial Feminization Surgery! We send our best wishes for her upcoming “cupgrade!”

For all you Ted Williams fans, here’s a must read by out sportswriter Steve Buckley of The Athletic Boston:

Nicholas shared a selfie to the Instagram hashtag #gayathlete with the message: “Remember life’s greatest lesson: if you don’t take a selfie after the gym your workout doesn’t count”

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at [email protected] or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!

Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment, and weekends when you’ll find The Sports Kiki with deputy managing editor Alex Reimer. This week, Alex interviews Aria DiMezzo, who is a trans satanist anarchist running for sheriff in New Hampshire. Alex asks Aria about her belief system and decision to run in the Republican primary — and how she won it. 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

NFL: Click here to see ESPN’s schedule of games for Week 3.


Las Vegas Aces vs. Connecticut Suns at 1 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC


Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN




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

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