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

Hudson Taylor and the message of sports for ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

The connection between homophobia in sport and the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has been made before, in particular by Dave Pallone (read HERE). We recall as well that after his "Fearless Campus Tour" on out LGBT student athletes, our friend Jeff Sheng turned his sights on DADT, with a moving series of photos of closeted military personnel. Now Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor points out the lessons from sport that can be applied to a post-DADT military:

With the high rates of athletes who enter military service, sports have the potential to prepare straight recruits with positive attitudes toward gay and lesbian teammates. They can be a training ground of inclusiveness for tomorrow's military leaders. Between 80 and 90 percent of the incoming classes at West Point and the Naval and Air Force Academies include high school varsity athletes. Recognizing the transferability of small-squad sports experiences to military units, the website on West Point's Physical Program includes this quote from General Douglas MacArthur: "Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds, that upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory."

Read the full essay HERE.

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