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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hudson Taylor calls for an "Athletic Equality Index"

Hudson Taylor has a new essay on the Huffington Post:

In the wake of Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark's suspension from Major League Soccer for using a homophobic slur on the field, it is clear that professional sports teams are beginning to take lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality and allyship seriously. Homophobia that would have passed as an unfortunate part of athletic culture a few years ago is now being treated with the weight and severity it warrants. Though Clark's suspension is meaningful, such penalties can only advance our athletic culture so far.

As an athlete and coach, I have seen, with rare exception, that maximizing positive outcomes means balancing punishment with empowerment, and systems to discourage with systems to encourage. While suspensions and fines help to define what type of conduct is expected of professional athletes, they do little to change the overarching narrative that sport snubs LGBT coaches, athletes, and fans. Furthermore, because these penalties occur as isolated incidences without a structure or system for understanding them in relation to one another, their effect on LGBT empowerment is limited. In turn, professional sports need a multidimensional model for assessing, amplifying, and institutionalizing LGBT allyship in a way that celebrates progress as much as it discourages prejudice.

The Human Rights Campaign figured this out 10 years ago in the business world, when they implemented the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). What began with only 13 participating companies has launched into an equality arms race, with 10 of the top 20 Fortune-500 companiesnow receiving perfect marks. Today, high-scoring companies even brand themselves by their CEI scores, showcasing the HRC logo on website homepages. These companies care how their clients, customers, and employees perceive them on LGBT inclusivity and equality and are willing to make policy and procedural improvements based on those perceptions.

Keep reading HERE.

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