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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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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

John Amaechi on Sepp Blatter

An extract from FGG Ambassador John Amaechi's post on his Dear John blog on the scandalous statement of FIFA president Sepp Blatter on the choice of homophobic, sexist, racist Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup:

“I am often accused of overstating the endemic, institutional bigotry within the world of elite team sports. This is yet another case where the epic, archaic, neanderthal, ignorance of someone who wields the power to summon kings, princes, presidents and prime ministers to bid at their pleasure uses that power not to foster positive change but to further entrench bigotry.

The statements and the position adopted by Sepp Blatter and FIFA regarding LGBT fans who would pay the enormous ticket and travel prices to attend the world cup in 2022 should have been wholly unacceptable a decade ago, instead, with little more than an afterthought FIFA has endorsed the marginalisation of LGBT people around the world.

Anything less than a full reversal of his position is unacceptable and if the FA and football and sporting associations around the world fail to acknowledge this insult, they too will be complicit.

If sport can not serve to change society, even temporarily during the duration of an event like the world cup that invites the world to participate, then it is little more than grown men chasing a ball and we should treat it as such."

I have had it very eloquently pointed out - and I should have made this point earlier - that Blatt's words aren't really about sex - as I can't imagine that many gay football fans would be bold enough to do it in public in Qatar. Rather, what Blatt is really saying is "don't be camp... don't hold hands... don't look into each others eyes... don't book rooms with one bed... don't have candle-lit dinners in the restaurant..." and on and on.

He's really saying don't even 'look' gay, re-closet yourself and pretend the ties and love and affection you have for your partner or even some random bloke you might meet on your travels are gone for the whole time you are in Qatar. For the same exorbitant prices for plastic flags and whatever the Qatari equivalent of the vuvuzela is, after already paying bumped-up prices for flights room and board - you get to pretend to be the you you were before you came out and that, as was pointed out to me, makes Blatt's words even more insidious.

Read in full HERE.

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