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The Huddle is your daily briefing on what’s new in LGBT sports news, the latest links and who’s in the social media spotlight. Good morning and can you believe, the ninth month of the year 2020 is exactly halfway over? Welcome to The Huddle for today, September 15, 2020. It’s Tuesday.
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.
This Morning’s Sports Headlines:
Today’s Coming Out story: He avoided slapshots on the ice and was an umpire at Wimbledon. Coming out as gay was more difficult for Bryan Hicks
Also on Outsports.com at 9 a.m. EDT: After being bullied, this national champion has stood up for gay athletes
In other LGBT Sports news…
Oh, good! Some Idahoans took part in a poll, putting civil rights to a vote: Two-thirds of Idaho residents support barring trans athletes from women’s sports; Poll finds that 60% of voters also support barring trans individuals from amending their birth certificates
Also new this morning…
NBA playoffs 2020: 10 key questions ahead of Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference finals showdown
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton’s Breonna Taylor T-shirt under investigation; He wanted to raise awareness about the Breonna Taylor killing
Jason Gay writes in The Wall Street Journal: I Watch Sports for a Living. There Are Too Many Sports Right Now; After a long stretch without action, there’s a historic overload of games, and it’s both beautiful and exhausting. Do you feel the same? Let us know in the comments!
OutShouts:
Two for Tuesday! Our friend and UCLA Coach Kirk Walker showcased GO! SPACE Facebook group member Chris Malpartida, and in the Equality Coaching Alliance, he tipped his cap to member Keith Anderson:
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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:
My favorite moment from the first Monday Night Football game last night: The Steelers’ JuJu Smith Schuster celebrated a touchdown by mugging for the pylon camera:

Did you watch? Johnny Weir made his debut last night on Dancing With the Stars!

.@JohnnyGWeir has CLEARLY arrived #TeamBrijo #DWTS pic.twitter.com/iGLwZWWyGh— Dancing with the Stars #DWTS (@DancingABC) September 15, 2020

Congrats to our friend Justice Horn for being acknowledged by the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus with its Good Guy Award!

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Words cannot describe how honored I am to be receiving the “Good Guy Award” at the 29th annual Torch Award ceremony from the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus. This means a lot to me, especially with it coming from the dozens of women I look up to serving and/or running for office in Missouri and Kansas. Register, donate, and attend this year’s ceremony to pay homage to the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment and honor the numerous women serving our community. – (All proceeds go to helping candidates endorsed by the caucus!) (Photo by: @markallenmystic) – – – #vote #gkcwpc #missouri #kansas #change #kansascity #kc #kcmo #pride #september #explore #fall #photography #lgbtq #support #like #love #politics #lgbt #follow #register #2020 #instagay #monday #award #explorefeed #mensstyle #hope #gay #donate A post shared by Justice Horn (@justicehorn) on Sep 14, 2020 at 3:50pm PDT

Finally: Take a 2-minute tour of U.S. Open caddie Geno Bonnalie’s hotel room… if you dare.

When your Airbnb cancels on you the day you arrive to the US Open: pic.twitter.com/1krlMq6r90— Geno Bonnalie (@GenoBonnalie) September 15, 2020

P.S. Sorry guys: Geno’s straight and married to a woman.
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Podcast Du Jour
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment, and fans of Level Playing Field will be delighted to know that Randy Boose will be back with a new episode today!
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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:
Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
Washington Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
NBA PLAYOFFS:
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics at 6:40 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers 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:
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers at 7:40 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
Oakland Athletics vs. Colorado Rockies at 8:40 p.m. EDT on FS1
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 9:40 p.m. EDT on FS1
SOCCER:
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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