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January 4, 2015

GSN takes a look at some of the major sporting competitions around the world – it’s time to get into training!

If you play any kind of sport, you’ll appreciate that it’s a great way to keep fit, have fun, and meet people. But sport is also becoming an increasingly popular way of seeing the world as well. Major sporting events designed to include (and appeal to) LGBTI travellers are popping up all over the world.

In this article we take a look at some of the big ones that you are going to want to pencil into your diary.

December 23, 2014

From Spanish bears and Swedish sportsman to gay girls of the Med – who will you be partying with next year?

Party around the globe with our round up of 2015's biggest and best gay events, from parties and prides to festivals to games!

Sydney Mardi Gras – 20 Feb-8 March
An undoubed queer rite of passage, Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most well-attended LGBTI events in the world. So much so, at last year's event, 4000 revelers were turned away from the parade to keep it under its 4-hour allotted time slot. Next year's is the 37th anniversary: the parade takes place on Sunday 22 February.

June 18, 2014

As part of EuroGames 2015, the Swedish capital will also welcome gay and lesbian pro swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics championship

LGBT athletes will be using their skills to combat homophobia and anti-gay politics next year at the EuroGames held in Stockholm.

Held about three times per decade, and previously hosted in Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp, The EuroGames will be hosted in Stockholm.

As part of the 5 to 9 August program, the city has announced it will also host the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics Championships.

November 26, 2013

The LGBT event will attract 200,000 visitors to the Swedish capital

Stockholm was announced as the host of LGBT sporting event EuroGames in 2015 today (26 November).

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Swedish capital for one of the biggest LGBT events in the world.

Held between 5-9 August 2015, the event will offer exhibitions, activities, attractions and lectures alongside its sporting events, many of which will be free.

‘Stockholm is known worldwide as an open, welcoming destination,’ Regina Kevius, Stockholm’s Sport Commissioner, said.

March 8, 2013

GSN meets the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation who are playing a leading role in fighting homophobia

We meet Klaus Heusslein – co-president of the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and find out that the EGLSF are doing a lot more than just deliving the LGBT EuroGames.

When was the EGLSF established?

February 14, 2013

GSN profiles LGBT aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England and finds they are diving in to a range of events

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Donald Vaughan and Trevor Burchick MBE of Manchester’s aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England.

When was the Northern Wave club established?

Northern Wave was established in 1998. It started as an NHS [National Health Service] project to begin to tackle heart disease in Greater Manchester, the project was called Team Manchester.

February 3, 2013

GSN visits Zurich and meets the local LGBT sports organization

As part of our continuing series profiling LGBT sports clubs around the world, I’d travelled to Zürich to meet the team from Gay Sport Zurich – the multi-sports umbrella organization that coordinates sporting life for the gays and lesbians of this vibrant city.

January 16, 2013

GSN meets the French sports club who are into much more than just water sports

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Olivier Garcia Adan, president of the Aquahomo sports club in Paris.

When was the Aquahomo club established?

The club was officially launched in 1996. We had a big party last December to celebrate the 15th anniversary with our members and their friends. 

Who established Aquahomo?

January 7, 2013

Spain’s beachside party town gears up for a major LGBT multi-sport event in 2013

As we look ahead to a big year of LGBT sport around the world, we catch up with Jacques Schoofs, president of Panteres Grogues - the Barcelona sports club that is organizing the multi-sport event known as Panteresports.

How many years has the Panteresports event been held?

September 11, 2012

Delivering 17 different sports to the LGBT community of Copenhagen, Pan Idraet continues to plan for the future - its 30th anniversary is just around the corner

Gay Star News meets with Pan Idraet’s chairperson Paul Brummitt to get the low-down on one of Denmark’s leading community sports organizations.

You cover an enormous breadth of sports, 17 in all, what are some of the logistical challenges for Pan Idraet?

The main challenge is access to facilities. Like most other sports clubs in Denmark we have the status as a public education organization which means we can get free access to sports facilities from the City of Copenhagen.

September 5, 2012

2013 is going to be a busy year for sporty gays and lesbians - one of the highlights will be the World Outgames that will be held in Antwerp

Antwerp in Belgium is getting ready to host it's own 'gay Olympics' next year - the World Outgames is a four-yearly LGBT sports event attracting competitors from around the globe.

Gay Star News recently caught up with Jerko Bozikovic, marketing and communications manager for the event, to get an update on what participants can look forward to from the worldOutgames experience.

How many athletes will be participating in the World Outgames in Antwerp?

We’re expecting between 8,000 and 10,000 athletes from all over the world.

June 29, 2012

Members of the European Parliament have taken part in opening the 2012 Euro Games in Hungary

Around 2,000 people from across the European Union attended the opening of the gay Euro Games in Budapest this week.

The annual tournament in the Hungarian capital will see LGBT athletes from 34 European countries take part, from 27 June to 1 July.

Support for the event has been led by Ulrike Lunacek and Kinga Goncz, both members of the LGBT intergroup, who attended the opening ceremony with other MEPs.

However, the mayor of Budapest failed to give his support to the event.

May 11, 2012

Plans to hold joint Gay Games and World Outgames in 2018 suspended after organizers fail to reach an agreement

Hopes of two rival gay sporting events coming together for a collosal Olympics style tournament have been dashed after both sides failed to reach an agreement.

The Gay Games and World Outgames, two of the world's biggest gay sporting contests, were due to hold a joint event in 2018.

Representatives of the boards of the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) met in Montreal, Canada, last week (5 - 6 May) to discuss the possibility of holding one global gay tournament every four years.

April 24, 2012

Clare Dimyon will travel to Euro2012 championship games to collect colors for rainbow flag  

Equality activist Clare Dimyon has announced the dates and locations of her upcoming PRIDE Solidarity tour.

Her travels will take her to the first-ever Kyiv Pride held 14 May, on to Warsaw's Parade of Equality, followed by Bratislava Pride. She will also be attending championship football matches in Kiev, Lviv and Kharkiv to raise awareness of homophobia in football. She will end her tour at the first ever Gay Eurogames in Budapest on 1 July.

February 1, 2012

Gabor Vona says staging of the gay EuroGames in Budapest is ‘the end of the world’

Leader of Hungary’s National Party Gabor Vona has described the holding of the gay EuroGames in Budapest this summer as ‘the end of the world’. He told a rally: ‘God is my witness, it’s not some kind of homophobia but merely common decency that makes me say that this really is the end of the world.’

January 16, 2012

Gay sports men and women get ready for a mammoth year, including the Olympics and gay Eurogames

2012 is fast becoming the year of sport.

While the relentless momentum generated by the summer Olympics in London this year is undeniable (less than 200 days to go!) there is a bit more to it than that.

There are now a number of openly gay sports people, still at the peak of their professional careers. Anton Hysen (football), Donal Cusack (hurling), Matthew Mitcham (diving) and Steve Davies (cricket) may only be a small band of pioneers, but the question of ‘should professional sports people come out?’ is beginning to feel a bit irrelevant.