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, August 16, 2011

Dayton, Ohio's Rubi Girls a most surprising fundraising group

From an article in the Dayton City Paper about Dayton, Ohio's Rubi Girls drag queen group, whose fundraising has a Gay Games connection:

“This kind of started back in the late ‘80s when just a few people kind of touted themselves as the Rubi Girls. They lived on Rubicon Street and they decided to put on little performances for each other with bed sheets and lampshades and whatnot. Then it started to become a big party where they would invite a bunch of people and say, ‘We’re going to put on a show tonight!’ These early shows were in the living room or the attic and, quickly, they began to outgrow that space because people were coming up onto the porch and watching from the windows and there wasn’t enough space in the living room anymore. When they started to outgrow that space, a bar said, ‘You know, I think we can make money on this, so we’ll give you the bar to do your show in.’”

Knowing of the Rubi Girls’ reputation as being one of the most prodigious fundraising groups for various non-profit organizations, I wondered how long it took before their philanthropic yearnings overcame the offers for personal earnings.

“The Rubi Girls decided that getting paid for doing this would alter the dynamic that they had going on where it was really just intended for fun, and so they decided that any money raised would go towards charity and so that’s where the charitable aspect of the group came along.”

Describing what type of charities, McNeal elaborated by saying, “There were a variety of charities over the years. They initially would send a team to the Gay Games and the Gay Bowling League and all varieties of LGBT-related causes, but then there became a focus on HIV and AIDS-related charities. We decided that it was time to refocus and so we said that anything that we did had to be tied in with HIV and AIDS-related causes, which also would include educational and outreach components.”

Read in full HERE.
And learn more about the Rubi Girls documentary HERE.

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