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, April 22, 2011

AfterElton asks which North American professional sport league will see the first out gay player

AfterElton gives some interesting thought to the matter, and the winner is.... the National Hockey League:

#1 NHL
It's often said that it only takes one person to make a difference. In the case of the National Hockey League, it took two. In 2007, when a nineteen-year-old collegiate student manager for the Miami University Hockey Team came out to his father, the words he heard back were, "Of course, we still love you. This won't change a thing."

The nineteen-year-old was named Brendan Burke. And the father was tough-as-nails hockey legend and Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Brian Burke. Brendan went on to come out publicly in 2009 in an article on ESPN's website.

And although Brendan's life would be tragically cut short just a little over a year later, his impact on the sport and the continuing drive of Brian Burke and his family would open hockey to being a more accepting place for gay icers, forever altering the perception that hockey would be a sport closed to gay men.

In 2007, the NHL became the first major league sport to allow a team's insignia to be used in a gay-themed film. The movie, about two gay men learning to care for a child coming into his own, was the Canadian comedy Breakfast with Scot and the insignia used was the Toronto Maple Leafs. It's also important to note that a number of NHL teams play in Canada where gay marriage has been legal for years now. No doubt a gay player there would probably find more acceptance than almost anywhere else.

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