Wake up! Welcome to The Huddle for today, Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

As is my habit every last day of September, I’ve got Green Day’s 2009 single, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” on my mind.

Your need to read time today is just about 90 seconds… unless you first spend seven minutes watching this heteronormative teen romance/anti-war music video directed by Samuel Bayer. Click here for the story behind the video.

This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:

This Black, gay football player is turning his heartbreak into action

Coming up at outsports.com at 10 a.m. EDT: What’s the best way to come out to your teammates? Join our Oct. 8 conversation

At 11:30 a.m. EDT: Inspirational gay paddleboarder wins man of the year award

In other LGBT Sports news…

Sports to unveil guidelines for transgender athletes: In a world first, nine peak Australian sporting bodies are set to unveil guidelines for the inclusion for transgender people in their games.

Queer athletes ‘terrified’ by Russia lining up to host Arctic Winter Games. And, well, who can blame them?

Also new this morning…

NBA Finals: Predicting who wins Lakers-Heat, and why

MLB playoffs: Yankees slug way to series lead; Astros have unlikely Game 1 hero

NASCAR makes sweeping changes to 2021 Cup Series schedule

Serena Williams withdraws from French Open with Achilles injury

NFL: Covid-19 infection may not be Titans’ fault, but it’s also not the Steelers’ problem

Maskless Raiders players attend crowded indoor event as COVID-19 strikes NFL

A viral photo showed former NBA star Delonte West homeless. Mark Cuban found him and picked him up

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and fiancée Brittany Matthews announce they’re expecting their first baby


The Equality Coaching Alliance group on Facebook is spotlighting bisexual former all-conference linebacker Jack Storrs of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. He’s now an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, based in Arlington, Va.

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:

We’re going debate-tweet-free today, even though it seems that’s all everybody’s tweeting. Hey, Coach Shaw, this looks good to me, too!

Hiker and runner John Rhys Jones posted this selfie to Instagram’s #gayathlete hashtag but he overdid it a little bit on the hyphens designed to get us to scroll down, and down, and down…

Our friend, LGBTQ youth advocate and educator Micah Porter, reminds us that today’s the last day of National Recovery Month. We salute him and everyone on the Road to Recovery.

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. Today on The Trans Sporter Room, a woman whose mother disowned her after she came out… because that burst her fantasy of having a gay son to go shopping with!

Karleigh Chardonnay Webb and I beam up trans runner, author and advocate Caitlin Spice (YES! That’s her real name) from New Zealand to talk about her transition, her work in LGBT children’s literature, and her love of food porn. We start with the news and, admittedly, it’s looking rather grim. 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

WNBA FINAL: Game 1 is Friday


Game 1: Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC-TV


Click here for the full schedule from ESPN.


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

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