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The Huddle for TGIFriday, Jan. 8, 2021

The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBTQ sports news, the latest links and who’s in the social media spotlight.

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Good morning to the West Coast and good day to all the rest, and welcome to The Huddle for today, Jan. 8, 2021. It’s finally Friday. This edition is a tad late but it’s been... a rough couple of days, hasn’t it? Hope you’re doing as well as can be expected!

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


Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has died, never having admitted the truth about his gay son

This gay teenage cyclist is one of the first pro male riders to ever come out

Gay coach Katie Sowers not returning to San Francisco 49ers next season


In other LGBT Sports news...

Donald Trump Jr. slammed transgender athletes at rally before D.C. riots


Also new today...

A day when it was hard to think about sports

Anthony Davis rips Lakers for ‘shit’ defense against Spurs

The Mets’ trade for Lindor and Carrasco

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler lost her Senate seat. Now what?

Becky Hammon, Swin Cash headline list of HOF noms still awaiting call

The age of consent for gay and bi men was finally equalised in the U.K. 20 years ago today, marking a mammoth victory for love


OutShouts:

Happy birthday to Outsports Male Hero of 2020 and ECA/GO!SPACE co-founder Kirk Walker!

Kirk Walker
Kirk Walker
Shelby Weldon / Photo via UCLA Athletic

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:

I think non-binary cyclist Rach McBride speaks for all of us this week, especially today:

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at outsportshuddle@gmail.com 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, I was delighted to join our Ken Schultz on the Outsports baseball podcast, 3 Strikes You’re Out, to discuss the week that was, our feelings, comedy, the Cubs and the Mets, and just to boost each other’s spirits. 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

NBA:

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


NCAAM:

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


NCAAW:

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


SOCCER:

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


Share your thoughts in the comments below or email us at outsportshuddle@gmail.com

Thanks for reading all the way to the end. The next edition of The Huddle will appear Monday morning on Outsports.com Stay safe!