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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mike Silver's waiting pen in hand for an active NFL player to come out

Gay Games Ambassadors David Kopay and Esera Tuolo,
former NFL players, both came out after retiring
From Michael Silver's "Open Mike" column on Sports Illustrated's website, on his hopes of an active NFL player coming out (preferably via his reporting):

It's true that some fans are never going to be able to tolerate homosexuality of any kind, and judging from the many pieces of legislation that have passed in states banning gay marriage, there are red states in which same-sex love is considered sacrilegious by a significant proportion of the population. Yet I've also talked to plenty of players who, unlike Hearst, are surprisingly enlightened when it comes to such matters. They're used to being in huddles with men whose backgrounds, political and religious orientations and social habits are strikingly different, and they understand that the truly successful teams manage to forge a bond in spite of all this and play football like de facto brothers.

Because of its brutally physical nature, football roots out insincerity like no other team sport. A player who demonstrates his toughness and willingness to sacrifice for his teammates receives a whole lot of slack when it comes to off-the-field matters, more than the casual fan might imagine. Call me crazy, but if a guy were to play like Ray Lewis on Sunday afternoon, he could show up for Wednesday morning's meeting wearing a feather boa and tight leather pants, whip out the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living and brag about the backstage passes he'd received for the upcoming Barbra Streisand concert without receiving anything more than playful grief from his teammates.

I'm not trying to sound superficial. I know there's a lot of hate and fear out there. I realize some people get physically attacked for failing to disguise their homosexuality, and most of the time Shaquille O'Neal isn't there to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Read in full HERE.

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