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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A look back at 2002 study on the benefits of Gay Games participation

We just stumbled across a 2002 paper published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, entitled: "Social Psychological Benefits of Gay Games Participation: A Social Identity Theory Explanation" and based on research done among women participating in Gay Games V. Here's an extract:

Another common theme that emerged from the data was the positive memories that participants would take back with them. Participants summarized this point in saying, “I leave with some amazing memories” and “a memory to hang on to for life.” On one hand, positive memories may be considered a fairly benign effect of participation. Yet on the other hand, these memories may help sustain the immediate effects of participation on their personal and social identities. As one athlete stated, “[The Gay Games] will be a lasting memory in my life forever. [I] will always savor this week!!”

Read in full HERE.

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