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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blake Skjellerup to open Vancouver Outgames human rights conference

In a few hours, our friend Blake Skjellerup will be the opening keynote speaker at the human rights conference held at the 2nd North American Outgames in Vancouver. The Vancouver Sun takes this opportunity to look at Blake's previous experience in Vancouver, at the 2010 Olympics.

Vancouver’s community at large, gay and straight, is ahead of the curve, and has much to be proud of, believes Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup.

Skjellerup credits Vancouver for helping him find the courage to open up about his sexuality. Skjellerup, 26, said he was still maintaining a non-gay public identity when he competed for New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics.

For years he had struggled, first to come to terms with his sexuality and then to balance his speed-skating ambitions with the risks of coming out: what if he lost the opportunities that he had worked his entire life for? No major gay athlete playing on a professional team has ever come out while still on the team — it’s a huge cultural barrier yet to be overcome.

While Skjellerup was here in 2010, he visited Pride House in Whistler. Pride House was an Olympic first, a place for gay athletes, coaches, friends and participants to gather and socialize. When he was off-ice, he felt free to wander hand-in-hand with his boyfriend, even to occasionally steal a kiss.

It felt fantastic. Not only that: it was safe. No one looked twice.

Skjellerup came out to his family, teammates and the public earlier this year. He said in an interview from Australia, “It felt amazing. I’ve become very confident and proud of who I am.”

Read more HERE.

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