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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gay Games VIII resource for study on discrimination in sport and the workplace

For her final project, Marie-Anne Midy, a Master's student in Sport Management & Technology in Lausanne, carried out a sociology study on discrimination in sports based on gender and sexuality, focused on Gay Games VIII. The Federation of Gay Games was pleased to supply some complementary data to her surveys. Here is the abstract of her paper:

Over the past years and months, equality in sports have been a hot topic addressed by many sports federations, organizations, and national ministries. Class, gender, and race are the main areas covered in such equality programs.

Equality based on sexual orientation on the other hand is still a taboo in some societies and therefore not addressed as much as it should be. However, TV documentaries, action plans from governments, news in the media, and international sports event, such as the VIII Gay Games, raised awareness in 2010.

In order to know if addressing homophobia in sports was still relevant nowadays, and if both men and women have different answers to this question, I interviewed 58 gay and lesbian athletes during the Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, in August 2010. In addition, because sport has been associated from the very beginning with masculinity, I was curious to see if it played the role of a catalyst when comparing it with discrimination based on sexual orientation experienced at work.

The results show that discrimination in sports still exists, is more experienced in masculine sports, and is felt like men are more targeted than women. Regarding the work place, it is seen as where there is the most discrimination; indeed gay and lesbian athletes have the choice to avoid discrimination by joining LGBT sports clubs, but they do not have the same option for their work position.

A summmary of her report can be found HERE.

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