Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

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26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

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17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

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13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SF Tsunami synchro team

It’s that darned SNL skit.

Ask synchronized swimmers to pinpoint the genesis of the ridicule frequently heaped upon their sport, they will likely cite a 1984 Saturday Night Live mockumentary starring Harry Shearer and Martin Short as brothers who have devoted their lives to winning an Olympic gold medal in synchro.

“Men have never done synchronized swimming in a sanctioned competition,” says Shearer, pitch-perfect in his evocation of a man-on-a-ridiculous-mission. “Officially it’s got like zero acceptance.”

Well, until now. The sport is still almost 100 percent women, but since 2003, a San Francisco synchronized swimming team, competing under the auspices of the gay swim club Tsunami, has featured men who scull and eggbeat in the pool right alongside their female teammates. In the process, the squad — practitioners of patented moves like the “slutty tub” — has shaken up the normally staid world of competitive Masters (post-college) synchro, pushing the limits of acceptable creative expression in the pool and raising questions about discrimination.

This is not your mother’s synchro squad.

Continue reading HERE.

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