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, April 3, 2012

FAQ / The Olympics don’t discriminate against homosexuals, so why don’t you compete there?

From our series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

The Olympics don’t discriminate against homosexuals, so why don’t you compete there?

The best gay and lesbian athletes in the world already do compete in the Olympics (with a large majority of them in the closet). But the Olympics, and mainstream sport in general, remain a very difficult place for homosexual athletes to compete, and certainly to compete without hiding their sexual identity. There are countless potential champions who under-perform, or simply don’t participate, in mainstream sport because of homophobia.

Another misconception is that the goal of the Gay Games is to find the best gay and lesbian athletes in the world. As said above, those athletes are competing in elite mainstream sport. The Gay Games do not aim at identifying the best gay athletes, but simply at recognizing the best athletes of all sexual orientation who compete at the Gay Games, a sporting event open to all.

The Olympic Games concern only a tiny fraction of athletes in the world. The Gay Games are about allowing everyone, whatever their level, participate in a major international competition.

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