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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FGG promotes Roger Brigham's new coaching initiative

An informal networking organization for LGBT coaches — Equality Coaching Alliance — is being formed to bring coaches together to discuss issues that confront them every day in their careers, from hostile or discriminatory job environments to best practices in working with athletes.

The group is the brainchild of San Francisco wrestler and sports journalist Roger Brigham.

In early 2011, the Federation of Gay Games asked Brigham to help coordinate its interactions with LGBT youth sports groups in North America. During his conversations with colleagues from organizations such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLSEN and Athlete Ally, it occurred to him that although several groups had formed to help advocate for athletes, there was no dedicated forum for LGBT coaches to address their concerns. Equality Coaching Alliance was formed to help those coaches network.

“When I came out in Alaska in 1982 as both a sports editor and a wrestling coach, I had no queer colleagues that I knew of and I recall the nervousness and uncertainty I felt in all that I did at that time,” Brigham said. “Three decades later we see many organizations for LGBT youth, athletes and youth athletes, but nothing geared specifically toward coaches. So my immediate goal was to get as many of us interested as possible together in one forum.”

ECA has launched a new blog and a Facebook group page. As of Tuesday, May 31, there were 20 members. Coaches interested in joining can email Brigham [jocktalkroger AT yahoo DOT com] for more information.

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