Mourning a friend of Outsports, and the out athlete who endorsed Biden

Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, August 19, 2020. It’s Wednesday. And as always, today’s Huddle is a 90-second-read.

Other than the WNBA, we’re not aware of any scheduled events involving out LGBTQ athletes. If you know of one, or more, let us know by emailing us at [email protected]

Scroll down for today’s calendar of major sports events.

This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

Rest in peace, Rob Brakel.

Bob Brakel

RIP, Rob Brakel.

The longtime NFL video staffer is being remembered as “passionate,” and “generous.” Brakel came out in 2014 and worked with two NFL teams and the League. “He had a big heart,” says everyone. We invite you to share your memories in the comments by clicking here.

Gay ultrarunner makes history on first all-Black team to complete World’s Toughest Race

Coming up at 8 a.m. EDT on Outsports.com: Gay NFL player Esera Tuaolo opens up about head trauma in new podcast

Brazilian soccer scoring ace Cristiane finds the back of the net at the altar

Opponents of Idaho’s trans student athlete ban win injunction

And in other news:

SB Nation: The new ‘Space Jam’ jerseys went a bit too far

SB Nation: Fernando Tatis Jr. broke baseball’s biggest unwritten rule by being cool as hell

NY Times: P.S.G. Beats RB Leipzig to Reach Champions League Final

NBC News: Charlotte Hornets suspend broadcaster after he uses N-word in tweet; John Focke said he “mistyped” the racial slur instead of “Nuggets” in what he calls a “horrific error.”


Highlights from Social Media:

Jason Collins summed up the NBA Bubble Playoff situation best:

Tonight is #SneakerheadNight for the L.A. Sparks! Check out these kicks:

Good luck, Brett!

Chris Mosier with some helpful advice concerning pronouns:

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Is putting your pronouns in your profile “performative” allyship? I say no – but it depends on one’s intentions. Let me explain: If an ally puts their pronouns in their online meeting box to let other people know their pronouns because they like when people get their pronouns right, great. If they do it to make their colleagues & teammates feel empowered to do it too to help change the culture of their team or organization, awesome. If they do it to make a trans or non-binary teammate, classmate, or coworker feel safer to do the same, excellent. If they do it so they seem woke but then misgender someone else, not cool. If they do it but then say transphobic things at lunch, no good. If they do it but then vote for Trump, nope – that is performative. I think in this case it’s tough to gauge “performative allyship” based on one action – because being an ally isn’t a one-time deal. You aren’t an ally in one situation & then get to wear that badge the rest of your life. Allies keep showing up. Allyship is a practice. It is an ongoing process. And to be clear, allies don’t always get it right – but they keep showing up, keep learning, keep trying. This is about putting your pronouns in your profile, but it is definitely, most certainly, absolutely NOT JUST about putting your pronouns in your profile. It is about creating a space where others can address you appropriately & opening space & empowering others to express themselves. A person is creating a more inclusive & open space by adding your pronouns to their profile, even if (or especially if!) you think it’s obvious that people know their pronouns. AND THEN: that person needs to keep showing up. If you think putting your pronouns in your online meeting profile is just performative, you may want to consider how you behave in the rest of your life outside off those meetings, and how your actions may not be congruent with being an ally. I think we need to normalize saying our pronouns. If putting your pronouns in your profile is performative, then consider this a request to perform. #pronouns #trans #transgender #transathlete #normalizepronouns #enby #nonbinary #theythem

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Megan Rapinoe endorses Joe Biden for president, following his nomination at the virtual Democratic National Convention:

Podcast Du Jour

Six days a week, Outsports has a new podcast for your listening pleasure. Today on The Trans Sporter Room, Karleigh Webb and Dawn Ennis discuss what’s next after federal judges issued orders on Monday that show support for transgender Americans, particularly trans student athletes.

Then they beam up D-Gil, aka Darius Gilchrist, the host of the new LGBT Sports podcast, Game Day Tea, to talk about being gay and Black and a sports fan, coming out and surviving Covid-19.

Plus they share their love for the classic film, ALIEN!

All our podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!


Today’s Sports Calendar

WNBA in the Wubble:

Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. EDT on CBSSN

Dallas Wings vs. Minnesota Lynx at 9 p.m. EDT.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 10 p.m. EDT.

NBA Playoffs in the Bubble:

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors at 1 p.m. EDT on NBA TV.

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets at 4 p.m. EDT on TNT.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics at 6:30 p.m. EDT on TNT.

Dallas Mavericks vs. L.A. Clippers at 9 p.m. EDT on TNT.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at 12 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins at 4 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche at 5:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers at 8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues at 10:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Nationally-televised MLB games:

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Seattle Mariners at 9:40 p.m. EDT on ESPN+.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. San Francisco Giants at 9:45 p.m. on ESPN.

Korean Baseball:

5:30 a.m.: Kiwoom Heroes vs. NC Dinos on ESPN2.


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