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 5, 2011

Launch of Outsports top-100 moments in LGBT sports history: Softball player Andrea Zimbardi

A few weeks ago we passed on Outsports' request for input for their list of the’ 100 most important moments in LGBT-sports history. They've now launched the series:

Over the rest of the summer we will release our list of the 100 most important moments in gay-sports history. We have focused on specific moments, whether they be a few minutes or a day, that have shaped the course of our history; Many of the faces of those moments will be familiar to our readers.

We focused on what we consider to be the “gay-sports movement.” There were certainly amazing gay and lesbian athletes before the Stonewall riots in 1969, but there wasn’t a push for gay equality in sports until after that fateful day in New York City. Our moments range from July 1, 1969 to July 1, 2011.

Here's number 100:

Moment #100: University of Florida settles lawsuit with softball player Andrea Zimbardi

Softball, 2004.
When Andrea Zimbardi, an SEC honor roll student and a senior captain on the team, was kicked off of the University of Florida softball team in the midst of their march to the NCAA tournament, Zimbardi suspected it was because she is a lesbian. Zimbardi hadn’t been the first lesbian kicked off the team by coach Karen Johns; But she was the first to do something about it.

In 2003 she filed a lawsuit against the school; She was represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. A settlement was reached in 2004. As part of the settlement, the University held a two-hour session on homophobia for its coaches and sports administrators.

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