Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.
What is this? This is your new daily guide to the latest LGBTQ sports news as well as other fun things. It just so happens MLB pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training camps beginning today, on the same day Outsports is launching On Deck Circle.
Don’t worry: The Huddle will surely return this fall!
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds.
Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:
Today’s Outsports Headlines:
Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...
Our own Alex Reimer writes for Forbes.com: Transgender Athlete Bans Are Gaining Momentum In State Legislatures
Journalist Donovan Dooley writes in Deadspin: Laws requiring genital examinations for transgender youth have no place in sports or society
Today’s SB Nation’s top story...
Top LGBTQ News...
- The study notes that the number of respondents identifying as transgender or nonbinary was too small for reliable estimates.
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.
Social Media Spotlight:
Chris Mosier asks, “Y’all okay down there in Arkansas?
“Have you all figured out COVID, gotten your economy up again, everyone has jobs & food & housing... no other issues to prioritize but harming trans kids & hurting all girls in sports?
Arkansas: Republicans want to amend the STATE CONSTITUTION to ban trans people from sports AND require that any girl in sports who is questioned on her gender be subjected to an internal & external examination of their reproductive anatomy, hormone & chromosome tests.— The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) February 16, 2021
Billie Jean King says put this date on the calendar in your smartphone:
Today’s Outsports Podcast:
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, the Trans Sporter Room catches up with wrestler Mack Beggs — now wrestling as the man he is in college — and sports chiropractor and trans rights advocate Tori Gleason of Kansas. They’ve teamed up to fight for transgender inclusion in sports and to generate opposition to state legislatures trying to ban trans girls from competing. Plus Mack comes out... as a fan of Star Wars! Listen here:
Today’s Sports Calendar:
MLB Spring Training:
Pitchers and catchers workouts begin today, Wed., Feb. 17; Full-squad workouts start next week beginning Mon., Feb. 22. Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.
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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