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.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dr Gertrude Glossip reports from the Wellington Outgames

Blaze columnist Dr Gertrude Glossip attended the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames. Here's her report:

The G-Spot: Beautiful Aotearoa
Written by Dr Gertrude Glossip | 07 April 2011


Dear blaze readers, what a whirlwind March! We’ve returned from our Outgames/cycle-touring adventure in beautiful Aotearoa (Maori for New Zealand) with myriad happy memories. Will was struck by the rise of Maori language and culture since his last visit 25 years ago. We appreciated seeing the silver fern-on-black flag flying, a fitting national symbol.

March 12-19 was filled with Outgames activities which involved over 1400 participants from 23 countries. Unfortunately Will had to dash off before the conclusion of the impressive opening ceremony at stunning Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), where both Governor General and Wellington Mayor spoke, to attend the final performance of Mates and Lovers. Ah, so much to do and too little time!

After Wild Sex on Sunday afternoon I was whirled off to Dancesport at the lovely Wellington Town Hall. Trying to be discreet, I made something of an entrance, which was commented on by the compere, out gay TV personality Tamati Coffey. On Monday and Tuesday Will zoomed about town by bicycle attending events including swimming, squash and tennis. He commented on the camaraderie and good sportspersonship pleasingly evident.

From Wednesday to Friday Will attended the Outgames Human Rights Conference. The impressive line up included ambassadors from the Netherlands and USA, MPs, academics and international activists. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was a principle sponsor, enabling Pacific Islander delegates to attend on scholarships. The ambassador spoke of his country’s commitment to human rights, now celebrating 10 years of equality in marriage.

There was a smorgasbord of concurrent sessions: the Yogyakarta Principles of 2006 (a set of international principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identities); wellness and queer health issues; homophobia in sport; spirituality; and being out at work and at school. Will was impressed by the confidence and positive sense of self with which queer youth spoke.

There was strong transgender, intersex and Fa’afafine representation. Of course discourse about labels arose: LGB, LGBT, LGBTI, Queer. Pacific Islanders commented that such labels don’t fit their culture. “We have 22 ways to say who we are,” said one speaker and suggested MVPFAFF could be added to LGBTIQ! I’m for Queer or Rainbow Family.

Dear readers, Will felt gay men’s drag was decidedly unrepresented – not a drag queen in sight! I should have made a manifestation and Will and I could have presented our ‘Sissyhood and Good Sportmanship’ paper together. There are always compensations however. I had the great pleasure, indeed exhilaration, of cycling from Wellington Zoo to the closing ceremony fully frocked!

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