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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
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13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Video message from patrons of TIP Paris International Tournament (with English translation)

Paris International Tournament (TIP) / 10-13 June 2011
Promoting tolerance and openness in the world of sport

Marielle Bousquet / Age 26 / Sweeper / French national volleyball team / Patron of the TIP 2011

I’ve been playing volleyball for about 10 years, and on the national team for the last 5 years, with a regular spot on the team for the last two years.

What does the TIP mean for you?

It’s a great idea because it allows / for the promotion of tolerance and open-mindedness, /
while mixing them with the values of sport. / It’s something I live every day. / I’m happy to be the patron of something that goes in that direction. / Being straight, gay, it’s the same.  / We’re here to play sport, and in our sport we’re all the same.  / We’re together, there’s no difference. / So it’s more about being open minded and tolerant.

Romain Mesnil / Age 33 / Pole vaulter / Silver at world championships / in 2007 and 2009 / Patron of the TIP 2011

I started my career as an elite athlete in 1998, / when I was fairly young, so it’s been 14 years now. / Like most athletes, I’ve highs and lows in my career.

What’s a straight guy doing as patron of the TIP?

I found it great to have thought of me, as a straight man / as patron of an LGBT event. / That’s what I like about it, / an event that brings together people of all nationalities, straight and gay.  / It’s a tournament that’s above all about having fun, / about being together and playing sport, / about playing hard and having fun. / And about partying! / Because gays have a reputation for enjoying partying.

Sport = homophobia?
I’ve personally never had any problems since coming out. / I’ve always lived it very naturally, / presenting my girlfriend naturally, / and it’s always gone well. / But I’m sure there are lots of athletes who don’t speak of their orientation. / Maybe more with guys, because it’s more of an issue for them.  / It’s a pity, but I think things are getting better.

Any event that can promote gays, and in particular combat stereotypes: / a guy can play rugby and be gay, a girl can do dance and be a lesbian, / we need to get beyond these stereotypes.

The values of sport for fighting homophobia

For me the first value of sport is pleasure, / going beyond your limits. / It’s human dignity, and tolerance, / and that’s the principle of the TIP.

Do you have a message for the participants in the TIP?

Play hard! And make the most of this moment / to share with each other,  / and to promote tolerance and open-mindedness via sport.

Good luck to all of you! / Play hard, and have fun! / Share this pleasure.

Paris International Tournament (TIP) / 10-13 June 2011

More than 1500 amateur athletes / 28 nationalities / in 20 sports / More than 20 sports facilities / in Paris / 150 volunteers / 20 clubs / To promote tolerance and openness in the world of sport

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