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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dan Woog on University of Connecticut LGBT athlete program

From a great column by Dan Woog in Lavender Magazine:

Sports fans know the University of Connecticut for its men’s and women’s basketball teams. It’s a fine academic institution too. But one day soon it may be famous for its CLASS.
That’s CLASS as in the Connecticut LGBT Athlete Safe Space.

An online support system and resource network including links, educational information, question-and-answer forums and more, the site is designed to provide information on LGBT issues for students (athletes and non-athletes alike), coaches, administrators and faculty members–regardless of sexual orientation. It is believed to be the only Web site of its kind affiliated with a college athletic program.

Ingrid Hohmann–an academic counselor working with UConn’s Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes–came up with the concept. A track and field athlete at the University of Delaware, she did not come out until after graduation in 1990. “I never felt comfortable going to the LGBT Center on campus,” she says, recalling her college years. “In fact, I was terrified.”

She would have welcomed “any athletic-related resource that I could have just looked at to answer questions,” she says. “Like a lot of athletes, I wasn’t political. But it would have been nice to have access to help me figure out who I was.”

In addition to LGBT athletes, “some allies and potential allies may be interested in ways to support their peers,” says Alana Linick, CPIA academic counselor and tutorial coordinator, describing CLASS’s desired audience.

Keep reading HERE.

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