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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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Friday, May 4, 2012

When a male athlete has a physical advantage, he's gifted; when a woman athlete has a physical advantage, she's a man?

Brittney Griner is dominating college basketball, success which is generating some inappropriate attacks and comments about her gender. Here's the take of columnist Ray Ratto:

I think we may be looking at this Brittney Griner thing all wrong. Not the playing thing -- that we got all right. She's a hell of a player, maybe unlike any other player in the history of women's basketball.

But the insulting, offensive and retrograde remarks about her gender -- I think we may be going about her defense all wrong by using persuasion and gentle chiding. We may want to simplify our argument to its essentials, to wit:

If you think Brittney Griner is something other than what she purports to be -- that is, a woman -- then you are an idiot and a coward.

There. That wasn't so hard to read, was it?

But here I am taking her word on faith, and there's always the possibility of being wrong, so let's adjust our earlier assessment of her critics thus:

Unless you are a licensed gynecologist with access to her medical records or have examined her yourself, you don't get to express a stupid opinion about her, because you know nothing. So shut the hell up.

And why are we taking what seems to be a stand against free speech and for broad-based reader abuse in the matter of slandering the Baylor center?

Simple. Because we live in troubled times, and we cannot afford to luxuriate in ignorant calumnies for our own amusement. Every minute someone wants to make some sort of clever remark about her as something other than a bona fide woman is a minute we cannot get back, and we've wasted more than enough time on it as it is.

I mean, this "she must not be a real woman if she can play like that" is one of the oldest canards in the book, and is a reminder that people who don't like women's sports can never be content with, "Well, it's not my cup of tea, but you go ahead and enjoy it if you like."

Keep reading HERE.

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