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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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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nepal to hold first LGBT sports tournament

From Philippine newspaper the Inquirer:

KATHMANDU—Nepal is to stage Asia’s first ever multi-sport games [note: this ignores the long-running Straits Games] for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, organizers announced on Monday.

The two-week event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu will feature Nepali participants in track and field, volleyball, football, martial arts and tennis, said The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s leading gay rights group.

“Renowned and respected Nepali athletes will support as coaches and referees for the program,” said organizer Sunil Pant, the country’s only openly gay lawmaker, said in a statement.

Asia already stages the “Asia-Pacific Outgames,” another multi-sport gay event, but this has only been hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Nepal’s version, which is due to take place in late September, will be the first in Asia.

“The aims for organizing the Blue Diamond National Sport Competition 2012 are to mainstream LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people] into the larger society, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage physical fitness, and promote health mentally and spiritually,” said Pant.

Nepal is a conservative, Hindu country, which nonetheless has some of the most progressive policies on homosexuality in Asia. A landmark 2007 court ruling ordered the government to enact laws guaranteeing the rights of gays.

The country’s new constitution, currently being drafted by lawmakers, is expected to define marriage as a

1 comment:

Desi Cabrera said...

It's great to see that acceptance is growing in other parts of the world, especially in the sports arena. We recently wrote about "You Can Play Project" and how it Teams LGBT Athletes and Straight Allies. Drop by and have a read: http://www.miratelinc.com/blog/you-can-play-project-teams-lgbt-athletes-and-straight-allies/