Hello and welcome to The Huddle for today, Jan. 28, 2021. It’s Thursday, or as out former college basketball player Robin Roberts likes to say at Good Morning America: It’s Friday Eve!

It’s also the 35th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, one of the biggest stories I’ve covered in my 38-year journalism career. Scroll down to read a moving sports-related Challenger story even I didn’t know about, from ESPN’s Tonya Simpson.

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

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

A hug made all the difference to pansexual champion college fencer

No, gay men don’t have to be ‘butch’ or ‘masc’ to watch the NFL or Super Bowl

Outsports series on trans rugby athletes nominated for GLAAD Media Award

This gay high school swimmer has mom coaching him every step of the way

‘It’s time Margaret Court exercised her right to remain silent’

In other LGBTQ Sports news…

Tennis legend (we’d add HOMOPHOBE and TRANSPHOBE) Margaret Court receives the Order of Australia

Montana Bill Targets Transgender Female Athletes in College Sports

Also new today…

Reggie Jackson on Curt Schilling HOF snub: ‘Freedom of speech got your ass out of Cooperstown, bro’

Meet the ‘Sod Father’: 91-year-old NFL groundskeeper preps field for Super Bowl at Raymond James

NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka’s soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion


We’re proud to share video of the Coach Masterclass: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with out UCLA softball coach and co-founder of GO! SPACE and the Equality Coaching Alliance, Kirk Walker:

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:

Congrats to tennis couple Alison Van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen who got engaged for Christmas and today celebrated 5 years together at the Billie Jean King cup!

We’re a little worried about out gay swimmer Joe Lacey, who shared this post on Instagram with the hashtag #gayathlete. It shows his heart rate is… 186?!?

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, UK wrestling announcer and WrestleTalk contributor Dave Bradshaw joins our Brian Bell on the Outsports podcast, LGBT In The Ring, to discuss his recent coming out. 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


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


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

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