Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 3, 2020. It’s Thursday.

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

This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

Axios has an exclusive report: The impact of sports on LGBTQ youth

  • One in three LGBTQ youth who play sports said they got mostly A’s in school, compared to just one in four of those who don’t play sports.
  • Depressive symptoms were 18% lower among respondents who participated in sports, according to survey results provided to Axios.
  • Acceptance matters: Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all or most people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected.

Our Brian Bell reveals Drag queen Washington Heights is ready for ‘mature conversation’ with her father, wrestler New Jack

Our Cyd Zeigler spoke with pro golf’s first trans player, Mianne Bagger, who says she is still searching for the perfect trans-inclusion policy

In other LGBT Sports news…

The Washington Blade: Gay Games announces 2022 ‘contingency planning committee’

Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld writes in LGBTQ Nation: Athletes have been warriors for justice for decades because sports are political

Have you read these 7 LGBTQ sports romance books? Bookriot has the list

Join Outsports for an insightful conversation with Asian LGBTQ athletes, Sept. 9

Also new this morning…

Rest in peace, Tom Seaver

The NFL is shifting social justice off itself and onto players, and the outcome will be unfair

With college season starting, brace yourself for ugly football

Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson making a stand in favor of fall football: Big Ten coronavirus update


GO! SPACE hails the work of Dr. Eric Lueshen, a member since 2014 and the co-founder of LGBT SportSafe Inclusion.

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:

Hey, sailor! Watch for the story about this in (H/T: Stephanie Helms)

Equal pay does happen… just not in the U.S. apparently:

Billie Jean King would like your help.

Meet Brett, who we found on the #gayathletes hashtag on Instagram. He’s in training for the Chicago endurance sports triathlon.

Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today it’s LGBT In The Ring, and Brian Bells guest is drag queen Washington Heights, who opens up about her relationship with her father, wrestler New Jake. An important chat for all to hear.

Click here to listen.

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


Atlanta Dream vs. New York Liberty at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Las Vegas Aces vs. Connecticut Sun at 8 p.m. EDT

Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. EDT


Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics at 6:30 p.m. EDT on TNT

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers at 9 p.m. EDT on TNT


Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders at 7 p.m. EDT on NBCSN

Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks at 9:45 p.m. EDT on NBCSN


New York Yankees vs. New York Mets at 4:10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+


Click here for ESPN’s schedule for the U.S. Open and yesterday’s results.


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

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