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.

Learn more HERE.

Monday, April 4, 2011

14 April 2011 / Blake Skjellerup video for "¨Pink Shirt Day" anti-bullying campaign

Pink Shirt Day aims to show that bullying is not OK and won't be tolerated. By encouraging the people of New Zealand to wear a Pink Shirt on the 14th of April 2011 we can help to raise awareness of bullying and show the massive amount of people who support taking a stance against bullying and believe that bullying should not be tolerated anywhere no matter what the reasons or circumstances are.

More information can be found HERE.

Letter-writing campaign

Queer youth groups around the country are united to present 1000 letters to parliament on April 14th 2011, Pink Shirt Day in NZ.

On March 17th 2011 a group of activists from around the country met at the Wellington Outgames Human Rights Conference as part of a Queer Youth Caucus. Together they decided on the three main points to present to the NZ Government.
As a community we ask for direct engagement and for zero tolerance towards Homophobic and Transphobic bullying within schools. A few main points have been identified as prominent issues by the queer community and have been included in the letter template. While our letter template is specific to homophobic and transphobic bullying we invite everyone to jump on board and send in their own letters about bullying they have experienced and observed.

Remember this is your opportunity to speak for yourself, your community or friends and family. Feel free to share your story or submission in any format. Have a say about the safety for queer and trans youth in your school or bullying in general. Don’t miss out.

To Get involved:

* Use our example submission here and add in your personal story and submit automatically here
* Write your own submission and send it via e-mail to one of the organisations listed below by April 11th, 5pm. Ensure you have put your name and region at the bottom. Age is optional.
* Get creative and send your own letter directly - address is below.

Press release below:

On April 14, Prime Minister John Key will have a full letterbox - a nationwide letter writing campaign, led by New Zealand Olympic speed skater, Blake Skjellerup, has just been launched.

To coincide with Pink Shirt Day, New Zealand’s national day of action against bullying, one thousand secondary school students from all over the country are writing to Mr Key, with a message that homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools is out of control and must be addressed.

Skjellerup, 25, who represented New Zealand at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, says: “When I was in high school I was bullied for being gay. It left me feeling isolated and depressed. I felt like I had no one to turn to. I was lucky I had my sport to focus on, a lot of gay young people don’t have that.”

The government-funded Youth07 survey, conducted by the University of Auckland in 96 schools throughout the country, showed:

Queer youth are six times more likely to make a serious suicide attempt than heterosexual youth
More than half the Queer students polled had been hit or physically harmed in the previous year
Of all students who reported being bullied, five times as many were bullied because they were Queer (or perceived to be Queer) than for any other reason

To take part in the campaign, students can log on to www.pinkshirtday.org.nz for information on how to put together their letter, which can be sent directly through the website and in confidence.

In a an online video at www.pinkshirtday.org.nz, Skjellerup is encouraging young people to write to the Prime Minister with their own stories of bullying and how it has negatively affected their wellbeing and their education.

“As recognized by Mr Key in a recent interview, we have young people who are taking their own lives as a result of bullying. He is clearly committed to making our schools a safe space for all students,” Skjellerup says. “However, we’ll be asking him to look more closely at the disproportionate amount of bullying that targets queer youth. This is a campaign by youth, for youth.”

Skjellerup is currently in Nelson where he will be speaking at school assemblies in six of the area’s high schools. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to reach out to those kids who are afraid, alone and invisible. You don’t have to be gay to be a target of homophobic bullying.”

The assembly talks have been organized by Q-Youth, a Nelson-based advocacy group which aims to bring straight and queer students together to form safer school communities.

Seb Stewart, executive director of Q-Youth, says: “Having Blake come along to speak shows that you can be visible as a gay person in society and in sport and not feel excluded. He’s a sporting hero we can be proud of, a wonderful role model for queer young people and a passionate spokesperson for equal rights.”

The letter-writing campaign is supported by a nationwide network of queer youth groups, including Q-Youth and Rainbow Youth in Auckland; as well as the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

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