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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.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keph Senett puts the homophobic Croatian Football Federation issue in perspective

An extract from the latest entry on Keph Senett's blog, entitled "Vlatko Markovic and the recipe for a revolution":

Part of the problem is this worn and obnoxious refrain, trotted out annually in various media: For a professional footballer, to come out would be career suicide. Variations on the theme include the idea that gay players should stay closeted “for their own good”, and – my favourite – that, actually, there are no gay professional footballers.


This is why it’s absolutely vital that when higher-ups in the football world contribute to the atmosphere of homophobia, they are held accountable. The governing bodies (I’m talking to you, FIFA and UEFA) are obligated to respond. Why? Because these same organizations are using inclusivity policies to curry public favour.

In 2008, the UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) launched the Respect campaign, which “dovetails with programmes aimed at combating violence, racism, xenophobia and homophobia, as well as at nurturing fan support, intercultural dialogue, the environment and humanitarian relief.”

In mid-February 2011, the same organization officially endorsed The Justin Campaign, a group dedicated to ending homophobia in football. Yet, at right around the same time, in cooperation with FIFA, the UEFA confirmed Vlatko Markovic for a fourth term as President of the Croatian Football Federation.

If the name Vlatko Markovic is familiar, it’s because he made quite an impression in the media in November 2010 when he remarked, ”As long as I’m president [of the Croatian Football Federation] there will be no gay players. Thank goodness only healthy people play football.”

As a key decision-maker and ambassador for the sport, he should have been unceremoniously shown the door. Instead, he got a fourth term.

Read in full HERE.

And sign her petition HERE.

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