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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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Friday, April 22, 2011

Badminton tells female players they are ugly in shorts

From The Telegraph, a sad story of another lame attempt to stimulate (straight male) media and (straight male) public interest in a sport by making women wear "sexier" clothing. We can assume that when the BWF says that women need to wear skirts to ensure "attractive presentation" of the sport, they consider that a woman in shorts is... ugly. 

For all those who thought sport was about performance and athletic achievement, you're wrong: it's about sex. 

Rest assured that at the Gay Games, women can wear shorts. 

And men can wear skirts.

World badminton pushes back women's skirt rule to improve guidelines
World Badminton has pushed back the implementation of new rules requiring female players to wear skirts on court in major tournaments after protests from some shuttlers.

The Badminton World Federation's new dress code was due to come into effect from May 1, requiring all female players to wear skirts or dresses in Grand Prix tournaments and above "to ensure attractive presentation of badminton". It will now come into force on June 1.

"BWF have for many years encouraged both badminton clothing manufacturers and players to produce and wear clothing that would enhance the presentation of the game in general," BWF Deputy President Paisan Rangsikitpho said.

"We are, however, always willing to listen to the players, which is why we have decided to delay the implementation date to advise and have a dialogue with the players on the guidelines," he added.

The BWF said it would consider feedback from players, but it underlined that the skirt requirement does not "in any way discriminate against any religious or other beliefs and respects women".

The ruling had evoked mixed reactions from players, with most saying the problem was not so much with wearing skirts but making the dress code mandatory.

"You can't force anyone to become more glamourous. Probably, they can ask the sponsors to design better clothing like the tennis girls wear," said India's doubles specialist Jwala Gutta.

A few Chinese and Indonesian players have also expressed reservations, saying they preferred to play in shorts instead of skirts.

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