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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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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Italy coach says homophobia is as bad as racism: will he continue to play his homophobic player?

Cassano my not be a homophobe in his heart, but he is in his mouth, and his non-apology changes nothing. From The Guardian:

Antonio Cassano was wearing a diamond stud in each earlobe when he announced to a press conference in Krakow this week that he hoped there were no froci – queers, faggots, poofs – in the Italy squad. How times change.

"If I say what I think, there's going to be chaos," he said, his smile and his diamonds twinkling away. "Are there any gays in the dressing room? I hope not. In any case, it's their problem and it's nothing to do with me."

Cassano is a bit of a lad, and he was laughing as he said all this on Tuesday. He had been asked to comment on a claim by the writer and campaigner Alessandro Cecchi Paone that the present Azzurri squad contained three "metrosexuals", two gay players and one bisexual. And, presumably, a partridge in a pear tree.

Just to complicate matters, Cecchi Paone is the author of a recent book on gay people in sport, published with a foreword by Cesare Prandelli, the manager of Italy. Prandelli has said that, in his view, "homophobia is the same as racism".


Cassano issued a swift apology [sic] for his statement, along the usual PR-scripted lines. "I sincerely regret that my statements have sparked controversy and protests from gay rights groups," the striker said. "Homophobia is a sentiment that is not mine. I did not want to offend anyone and I cannot question the sexual freedom of other people. I only said it is a problem that does not concern me and it is not for me to pass judgment on the choices of others, who are all respected."


It may be that Cassano just thought he could get away with having a laugh at the press conference. But here is the perfect opportunity for Prandelli to undertake a bit of re-education. He should tell Cassano that not only are his words unacceptable, but so is the thinking behind them – and that he can take the evening off against Croatia on Thursday in order to have a think about it, while donating a portion of his tournament fee to an appropriate anti-discrimination charity.

Compared with the mess of racism, this latest cassanata is a simple business. And it should have a simple conclusion.

Read in full HERE.

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