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.

Learn more HERE.

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.

Learn more HERE.

Friday, January 28, 2011

BAR column focuses on young LGBT athletes

Roger Brigham devotes his Bay Area Recorder column to young LGBT athletes, speaking with Pat Griffin of GLSEN's sport project and Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor:

Highly publicized suicides in recent years are grim reminders of the pervasive risks LGBT teenagers face every day of their lives. Swamped by feelings of isolation and condemnation, not knowing whom to turn to or even what to say if they found someone to talk with, many live a cold and vulnerable life, desperate with the uncertainty of whether it indeed will ever get better.

Those feelings of "Am I the only one?" can be especially powerful for young LGBT athletes. Professional role models in elite sports are few and far between, not the subject of the stories they read in sports sections on a daily basis. They see flamboyant displays in annual Pride parades, they are exposed to caricatures in sitcoms, and they read about the comings and goings of gay celebrities from the world of cinema and music, but the only time they encounter a mention of gays in sports may be when the gym teacher calls for a game of "Smear the Queer."

Paradoxically, while gay-centric recreational and competitive sports have blossomed over the past three decades in most of the Western world, adolescent sports remain a lonely and hostile environment for the vast majority of young queer athletes.

Keep reading HERE.

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