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.

Learn more HERE.
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.

Learn more HERE.
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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Friday, November 26, 2010

Saint Etienne film festival opens with school screenings

The Saint Etienne gay and lesbian film festival opened yesterday with two showings for school groups.

The screenings were organized with the Ministry of Health and Sport and the National Health Education Institute for secondary school students. Over 100 students attended each screening, which were followed by a discussion with Brahim Naït-Balk, trainer of Paris Foot Gay football club and author of a noted memoir on being gay in housing projects, Pascal Brèthes, president of Paris Foot Gay, and Patrick Revelli of the legendary Saint Etienne professional football team, patron of the festival.

The films shown were two short subjects produced by Canal Plus and the Ministry of Health and Sport: Basket et Maths, about the attraction between two young basketball players, and Pauline, the story of a young lesbian woman living in a village and the difficulties of being accepted by her family and neighbors, and Michel Royer's documents Sports et Homosexualité,c'est quoi le problème ? about sport, homosexuality and homophobia. The documentary features former football international Lilian Thuram, triathletes Jessica Harrison and Carole Péon, football commentator Olivier Rouyer, Olympic medal winner Matthew Mitcham, and many others.

For such a difficult subject, the students were fairly well behaved. The Q&A after the screenings were difficult, showing the importance of the preparation done by teachers before the events. A very positive outcome of this year's school screenings was the decision to move them to later in the year, and to involve teachers in the choice of programming. As is typical in school screenings, the richest exchanges took place at the very end of the session, and even more important, after the screening, when students can approach the speakers directly and less self-consciously.

Info on the day's program HERE.

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