Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 9, 2020. It’s Wednesday.
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.
This Morning’s Sports Headlines:
NEW: Quinn of Canada’s WNT comes out as transgender
Josh Sorbe’s moving Coming Out story is a must-read. The gay college swimmer forged his path in rural South Dakota thanks to his parents, his decision to accept himself, and a coach who insisted on inclusion. Sorbe went on to become homecoming king and student body president.
Caster Semenya lost what may be her final appeal to compete in the 800m
Trans soccer referee Jacqueline Harper-Grubb found her truth and her niche on the pitch
In other LGBT Sports news...
Education Dive.com reports the federal Department of Education has revised and reissued its threat to withhold school funding from Connecticut and several school districts for allowing trans student athletes to compete with cisgender girls and women. Read the new letter from DOE by clicking here.
The Conversation: Prof. Noah Riseman, author of the letter to World Rugby, explains why he organized dozens of scholars to tell the group, the transban is wrong, inclusion is possible
New York Post: Will Tom Brennaman be forgiven?
The Logical Indian: Tokyo to set up Pride House to highlight LGBT rights ahead of Olympic Games
Also in the news this morning...
NFL Power Rankings: NBC Sports looks at where every NFL team stands before the 2020 season kicks off.
Bad Blow for Broncos Linebacker: A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos fear star linebacker Von Miller suffered a season-ending “freak” ankle injury toward the end of practice Tuesday. Click here to read the story from our friends at Mile High Report.
Our friend Nicholas Lee shines a spotlight on Equality Coaching Alliance member Bev Wiley who works as a compliance officer/SWA at the Community College of Rhode Island. Previously, she was the softball coach there. She continues to work in the sport as the USA Softball of RI State Commissioner and as the USA Softball Northeast Vice President. Read more about Bev Wiley by clicking 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:
We’re devoting this segment of The Huddle to today’s Outsports conversation with these incredible and inspiring Asian and Asian-American LGBTQ athletes:
️ ❤️❤️❤️#loveislove https://t.co/zoLH4r45y9— Tadd Fujikawa (@Tadd_Fujikawa) October 17, 2018
The amazing @amazinlethi has been leading conversations about Asian and #LGBTQ inclusion in sports for years.— Outsports (@outsports) September 8, 2020
On Wednesday she'll host a virtual conversation bringing those worlds together in a powerful way.
Register here to join the discussion:https://t.co/wFPLJ0N3tr pic.twitter.com/INaBholCK8
Thank you so much for amplifying my voice and this learning @DebraMessing https://t.co/nR1gk52v6K— Schuyler Bailar (he/him) (@sb_pinkmantaray) August 25, 2020
Next Wednesday, Sept. 9, @Pitt_SWIM_DIVE Forever Panther Lisa Coe will be joining a conversation with four Asian LGBTQ athletes about their unique struggles and triumphs. Check out the link below to register!https://t.co/1LRP6UebBB#H2P— Pitt Life Skills (@Pitt_LIFESKILLS) September 3, 2020
Join golfer Tadd Fujikawa, athlete and activist Amazin LeThi, swimmer Schuyler Bailar and diver Lisa Coe, today at 3 p.m. EDT, as they talk about their unique experiences. Register by clicking here.
Podcast Du Jour
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, we have an encore of The Trans Sporter Room podcast featuring an interview with trans trailblazing runner June Eastwood, who talks about her involuntary activism, her transition and advice for closeted athletes and runners of all identities.
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
Phoenix Mercury vs. Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. EDT (AMAZINGLY, NOT NATIONALLY TELEVISED)
Atlanta Dream vs. Chicago Sky at 8 p.m. EDT on CBSSN
Dallas Wings vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. EDT on CBSSN
Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics at 6:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS:
New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
MLB NATIONALLY-TELEVISED GAMES:
Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians at 6:10 p.m. EDT on MLBN
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 6:37 p.m. EDT on MLBN
Chicago White Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 p.m. EDT on FS1
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. EDT on MLBN
Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants at 9:45 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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