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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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Friday, June 17, 2011

Sarkozy: "Some of my best sports friends wear pink, so there is no homophobia in sport"

We are aghast at this news. LGBT magazine Têtu reports on a story in this week's edition of weekly satirical political newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné. Here's our translation of the story:

On its famous "Page 2" of short insider news, this week's edition of Le Canard enchaîné recounts an interesting anecdote. According to the paper, Chantal Jouanno, Minister of Sport, discussed in the 8 June cabinet meeting the creation of a plan to fight against discrimination in sport, including in particular the fight against homophobia, and the creation of a committee for action against discrimination in sport. Nicolas Sarkozy then commented: "I am very fond of sport and I think there is much less discrimination in sport than elsewhere. Sport is an example of integration and the fight against discrimination."

The Canard says that Jouanno responded timidly: "But there are problems of homophobia." A curt response from the head of state: "I don't think so. There is in this area the example of the Stade Français rugby team and my friend Max Guazzini, who chose pink jerseys for his players. I wouldn't want it thought that there are discrimination or homophobia in sport."

The Canard doesn't relate the rest of the meeting, nor the fate of the committee. But if Nicolas Sarkozy doesn't believe there is homophobia in sport, that could mean a brutal stop to the fight against homophobia in this area. In her interview with TÊTU, Chantal Jouanno hinted that sports federations that didn't sign the charter against homophobia in sport would not receive financial support from the national government. Will this hint now become an empty threat?

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