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.

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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.

Learn more HERE.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Former coach is now advocate for LGBT equality

A profile of former coach Denny Smith from the St Cloud [Minnesota] Times:

Denny Smith takes a hard line on the athletic field and in the classroom, but he has a soft spot for his son.

The 66-year-old from St. Cloud has become a tireless advocate for promoting “equality, respect and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people” after his 41-year-old son came out to the former coach.

“He said, ‘Mom and Dad, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to tell you: I’m gay,’ ” said Smith, executive director of the nonprofit Winning Marriage Equality. “We cried — not because he was gay but because of what he was going to have to go through because of that.”

Smith was a teacher and coach in Montevideo from 1973-78. He then worked as a motivational speaker from 1978-99 and then returned to the classroom as a math teacher and basketball coach at Technical High School in St. Cloud for almost a dozen years before retiring in 2010 to advocate for LGBT equality.

“The first words out of my mouth were, ‘Well, Kyle, that’s the way God made you, and I don’t argue with God, so we’re OK with this,’ ” Smith said of his son, who lives in Seattle.

Keep reading HERE.

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