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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 welcome to The Huddle for today, September 27, 2020. It’s Sunday.
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.
This Morning’s Sports Headlines:
Ben Koo of Awful Announcing interviewed me for this report: How and why HBO Real Sports pulled a segment on transgender student athletes and obtained this statement from HBO:
“REAL SPORTS explores stories from across the world of sports and at its core examines culture, ethics and the human experience. Out of respect for concerns raised by an athlete whose voice was central to a segment planned for broadcast, we decided to remove the interview. As a result of this, the segment was postponed.”
In other LGBT Sports news…
Sports Illustrated: How – and why – QMJHL prospect Yanic Duplessis came out as gay
Read Jim Buzinski’s story from earlier this monthAlso new this morning…
LeBron James leads Los Angeles Lakers to first NBA Finals in 10 years
LeBron James reflects on his one regret about Kobe BryantCollege Football Playoff takeaways: Is Oklahoma done? Is Florida for real?
K.J. Costello throws for SEC-record 623 yards as Mississippi State Bulldogs upset LSU Tigers
NFL picks for Week 3: Beat up 49ers still have enough to top Giants
Sources: Las Vegas Raiders under investigation over unauthorized locker room access
Questions raised about player safety after Raiders’ Johnathan Abram crashes into television cart
Our friend out UCLA softball coach Kirk Walker welcomes another friend of Outsports, Brian Kitts, co-founder of the You Can Play Project, to the GO! SPACE Facebook group. Click here to read more about the You Can Play Project.
GO! SPACE Facebook Group
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:
Billie Jean King notes history will be made in the NFL today:

History is being made today when @WashingtonNFL plays @Browns. For the first time in history, during a regular season #NFL game, there will be a female coach on both teams and a female official. If you can see it, you can be it!#RepresentationMatters #HistoryMatters— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 27, 2020

Team USA Handball goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario is looking great seven months after Facial Feminization Surgery! We send our best wishes for her upcoming “cupgrade!”

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7 months recovered from ffs with @alignsurgicalassociates Going back this Wednesday for a slight touch up and to take care of the boobies #ffs #bas #alignsurgical #satterwhite A post shared by Athena Del Rosario (@athenajgk) on Sep 25, 2020 at 4:18pm PDT

For all you Ted Williams fans, here’s a must read by out sportswriter Steve Buckley of The Athletic Boston:

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the home run Ted Williams hit in his last at-bat I spoke with seven of the players who were on the field that day. This ⁦@TheAthleticBOS⁩ story is as much about them as about Ted. Subscribe: $1/month— Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) September 26, 2020

Nicholas shared a selfie to the Instagram hashtag #gayathlete with the message: “Remember life’s greatest lesson: if you don’t take a selfie after the gym your workout doesn’t count”

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Remember life’s greatest lesson: if you don’t take a selfie after the gym your workout doesn’t count #gym #gymlife #yvr #gayathlete #gayinstagram #cute #blueeyes #workout #selfie #gayfitness A post shared by Nicholas (@nico_achtymichuk) on Sep 25, 2020 at 5:58pm PDT

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!
Podcast Du Jour
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment, and weekends when you’ll find The Sports Kiki with deputy managing editor Alex Reimer. This week, Alex interviews Aria DiMezzo, who is a trans satanist anarchist running for sheriff in New Hampshire. Alex asks Aria about her belief system and decision to run in the Republican primary — and how she won it. 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
NFL: Click here to see ESPN’s schedule of games for Week 3.
Las Vegas Aces vs. Connecticut Suns at 1 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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