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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Olympic torchbearer: Tara Mifflin

We're looking again at LGBT Olympic torchbearers and their nomination stories:

Tara Mifflin of Leeds, age 41
Carrying the Flame through Y Felinheli
Carrying the Flame on 28 May 2012

Tara's nomination story
I have worked closely with Stonewall (against Homophobic Bullying) as a youth leader volunteer. I have used my own time at weekends and evenings to help to 'make a difference' to the youth volunteer programme. Stonewall has successfully run this project for 3 years and depends on volunteers like myself to deliver the campaign across the whole of the UK.
It was my responsibility to help my youth volunteers deliver their own specific campaign against homophobic bullying. We had weekly tele contact to discuss how each stage of their campaign was progressing. Together I helped set up a robust 'business plan' and strategy, from helping print posters to contacting schools to gain permission for the girls to deliver their campaigns. I acted as a mentor and confident as well as a sounding board, I supported through challenging situations including direct discrimination and abuse. One of volunteers was nominated for the young campaigner of the year 2011 which made me feel really proud and this is when I realised that all my hardwork,comitment and dedication had paid off.
The campaign with approx 15 youth volunteers and 7 youth leaders helped 'reach' over 10,000 people across the UK who will hopefully be better educated about how homophobic bullying can affect gay, lesbian and bisexual young adults. I was also invited to attend the presentation ceremony in March where Ben Sumerskill presented all the youth volunteers with awards. It was a truely amazing day.

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