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.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Profile of a young Athlete Ally, an out athlete at Rutgers University

From the Rutgers University Focus website:

Nicholas Angelides was 16, the third oldest of eight children, when he came out to his family. The long-dreaded confrontation went way better than he’d dared to dream. “They were hugely supportive of me, thankfully,” says Angelides, a Rutgers senior who will receive his bachelor of art’s degree this month in linguistics and English from the School of Arts and Sciences.

The response from members of the Rutgers Crew Team was similarly positive. Although he waited until the beginning of second semester of his first year, the news met with acceptance and tolerance from team mates.

Not every gay or lesbian teenager is as lucky, Angelides acknowledges – far from it. People perceive the world of athletics in particular as “not overly embracing,” says Angelides, now 22 and co-captain of the team. Like many perceptions, it’s not totally accurate. “In fact,” he says, “collegiate athletics has been, perhaps surprisingly at first, a very accepting place, despite people’s initial assumptions to the contrary.”

But while he acknowledges progress, Angelides isn’t blind to the realities many young gays and lesbians face on a daily basis. Hearing once too often about teenagers taking their own lives after years of bullying and rejection, the Columbia, Connecticut native resolved to make the world a safer place, starting symbolically in his own backyard.

“I am openly gay, and realized I had never done anything for the LGBT community. After all the teen suicides, I felt an existential need to take action.”

He began working on behalf of Athlete Ally, a year-old nonprofit organization that encourages everyone involved in sports at the college level to respect team members no matter what their sexual orientation.

Keep reading HERE.

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