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 24, 2012

UCLA newspaper reports on visit from Hudson Taylor

UCLA student newspaper The Daily Bruin reports on Hudson Taylor's recent visit for Athlete Ally:

Hidden in a crowded audience of UCLA student-athletes, two male athletes laughed and joked that the presenter speaking in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights was “so gay.”

An earshot away sat Jordan, a UCLA basketball player who identifies as gay and whose real name is not disclosed out of a request for anonymity.

These comments stood in contrast to the words of Hudson Taylor, a former All-American wrestler and current coach at Columbia University, who came to UCLA on Monday night to promote Athlete Ally, an organization that advocates for acceptance of LGBT athletes. Taylor is a “straight ally,” a heterosexual who has openly taken a stance against homophobia in the locker room.

Taylor urged the audience of athletes to refrain from using derogatory homophobic phrases such as “That is so gay” and “He’s such a fag” in the locker room.

“I was really disappointed in some of the comments from the crowd – the lack of character and disrespect that was shown,” Jordan said.

As part of the quarterly Wooden Academy Leadership and Development Program sponsored by UCLA Athletics, the event was mandatory for all first-year and transfer student-athletes.

“This was something new to me, I wasn’t quite aware of what was going on. I have a lot of respect for (Taylor), for what he is doing,” said Xavier Su’a-Filo, a sophomore offensive tackle on UCLA’s football team.

Around 200 student-athletes attended the event; however, Su’a-Filo and Jerry Neuheisel, Su’a-Filo’s teammate and a freshman quarterback, reluctantly said that the mandatory nature of the event was the reason they attended. When Ally Week assistant director Cyrus Sinai thanked the audience for attending, a few mutters of “It’s mandatory” floated around Collins Court.

But other student-athletes were willing to show their support of the LGBT community as an Athlete Ally. Throughout last week and after Monday night’s presentation, athletes were invited to participate in photo shoots.

Keep reading HERE.

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