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Out LGBT athletes mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg and honor her legacy

This morning’s Huddle is dedicated to LGBT sports reaction to the death of a legend: Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 19, 2020. It’s Saturday, usually a day off for me. But the death of associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg necessitates this roundup of reaction from across the spectrum of LGBTQ sports, and beyond.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday from complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
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The late Sandra Day O’Connor, left, with Ruth Ginsburg: the first and second women to serve on the highest court in the land. This photograph was tweeted by WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo.
Rebecca Lobo / Twitter

Scroll down to Social Media Highlights to read Rebecca Lobo’s story behind this iconic photo.

Read The New York Times obituary

Read how Outsports covered RBG and the decisions impacting our community, in which she played a vital role:

SB Nation reported in 2016 that Ginsburg called Colin Kaepernick’s sideline protest of system racism “dumb and disrespectful,” then later apologized, calling her comment “inappropriately dismissive and harsh.”

More coverage of Ginsburg’s death from our friends at Vox, our parent company

Vox looks at RBG’s legacy

Did you know? As recently as April, Ginsburg was still regularly working out

Did you know? Ruth Bader grew up in New York City and was an avid fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers


Our Cyd Zeigler eloquently expressed his thoughts in a post on Facebook, reflecting upon the death of Justice Ginsburg. Click here to read:

This is not political. This is human. This is respectful of a woman who blazed more trails than I could in a dozen lives. Rest in peace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You did good.

Posted by Cyd Zeigler on Friday, September 18, 2020
Highlights from Social Media tributes to RBG:

“So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.”

My Shero, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died.

To pay tribute, those who believe in equality & freedom must fight for the ideals she championed.

For her.

For us.

For generations to follow.

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 19, 2020

In 1996, our National Team visited “The Highest Court in the Land,” the basketball court on the 5th floor of the US Supreme Court building. I remember thinking how small these two women were, while at the same time realizing they were giants. My heart weeps tonight.

— Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) September 18, 2020

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception.” - RBG

Absolutely gutted. RIP

— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) September 19, 2020

This is devastating, an incalculable loss. We owe so much to RBG. Rest in Power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #RIPRBG

— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 19, 2020

It’s hard to put into words how painful it feels to lose RBG. She fiercely held our country accountable to its promise of equality for all. Rest in power, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

— Anna Aagenes (@AnnaLinaAagenes) September 19, 2020

I see a lot of hopelessness being expressed w/ the news of RBG’s passing. I believe the best way to honor her life isn’t by giving in to despair but by recommitting to the fight. Had she focused solely on what wasn’t possible she would have never made the world see what was.

— LZ Granderson (@LZGranderson) September 19, 2020

The Brooklyn Nets mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Brooklyn icon and titan of the judiciary, who fought every day of her life for justice and equality.

— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 19, 2020

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Today’s Sports Calendar


Click here for ESPN’s complete Saturday schedule



Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN


Game 1, Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC


Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds at 7:07 p.m. EDT on FOX

Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets at 7:07 p.m. EDT on FOX

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles at 7:35 p.m. EDT on FS1

Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago Cubs at 8:15 p.m. EDT on ESPN+


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

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