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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.

August 14, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand has been named the host city for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames, with the international LGBTI sporting competition to take place during that year’s Auckland Pride Festival

There’s now double the reasons to check out New Zealand’s Auckland Pride Festival in 2016 with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) Asia Pacific announcing the city will host the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames during the festival.

‘Having now held three very successful and financially viable events, the Asia Pacific Outgames has established itself as a leading LGBTI event in the Asia Pacific region,’ GLISA Asia Pacific president Barry Taylor said in announcing Auckland as the host city.

May 1, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata spends 48 hours in Copenhagen getting caught up in the Eurovision excitement

Roaming the streets of Copenhagen, I felt like a kid again.

I did things I haven’t done since I was seven years old.

I fought other kids over LEGO pieces in the store. I got my entire face dirty with a messy and delicious hot dog. I spent an entire day riding my bike, not stopping until I was ready for a cocktail (when I was seven I would stop for ice cream, not cocktails).

I thought to myself: ‘Is this why Denmark is considered the happiest place on earth? Because adults never lose their sense of childhood?’

August 11, 2013

As host of World Outgames the city of Antwerp proves a lively destination for the world’s LGBT sports teams

Destination: Antwerp. The largest city in Flanders in the heart of Europe.

I love the Eurostar service that connects the UK to mainland Europe. Getting to Antwerp was a breeze, from London St Pancras to Brussels and then an easy connection to Antwerp. There are plans in place to upgrade the fleet of Eurostar trains – personally I’d suggest power sockets at every seat and wifi throughout the train. And perhaps no children under 16 – is that selfish?

June 2, 2013

The three European cities were voted over Amsterdam and Orlando as finalists to host the Gay Games X

London could host the Gay Games 2018, having been shortlisted with Paris and Limerick.

Not to be confused with outGames, the Gay Games, started in San Francisco in 1982, are hosted every four years and are open to people of any sexual orientation.

If London wins the Gay Games bid, the events will likely be hosted in the city’s Olympic Stadium.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘This is fantastic news and a testimony to the hard work of the London Gay Games bid team.

May 31, 2013

Denmark’s capital city continues to surprise and impress with its nordic cool and relaxed charm

There was an enormous and slow-moving queue at the EasyJet bag-drop. I felt quite righteous as I breezed by with my carry-on luggage – channeling my inner-George Clooney (circa ‘Up In The Air’), streamlining my travel and my life to zen-like minimalism.

May 27, 2013

Cuba’s first daughter responds to the ‘hostile’ decision of World Outgames organizers, who revoked their invitation that she be co-chair of the human rights chapter

Mariela Castro, a vocal advocate for LGBT rights in Cuba and niece of former dictator Fidel Castro, has pulled the Cuban team from participating in July’s World Outgames.

According to Mexican sports magazine Esto, Castro said that Outgames organizers revoked their offer to make her co-chair of the human rights chapter for the games, later saying she is only allowed to attend as a speaker.

May 17, 2013

GSN meet Australian LGBT swimming club the Wett Ones

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports organizations of the world, we meet Ryan Bennett from Sydney’s LGBT swimming club the Wett Ones.

When was the Wett Ones club established?

We were established in October 1991 making us the oldest LGBT swim club in Australia. The club was very proud to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2011.
Who established the club?

May 2, 2013

LGBT sports organization confident that homophobia in sport is ‘not really an issue’ in Australia

As professional sportspeople around the world tentatively begin to be open about their sexuality, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about how to create a safe environment for LGBT people in sport.

It seems that Australia may be leading the way. We spoke with Ian Wilby, president of LGBT sports organization Team Sydney, to find out more about their work and why they’re not focusing on homophobia in sport.

When was Team Sydney established?

April 30, 2013

LGBT football association throws its weight behind calls for FIFA to investigate claims that Nigeria is actively excluding lesbians from the women’s team

While Nigeria’s Football Association has denied claims that lesbians are being excluded from the country’s national team, the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is backing calls for international governing body FIFA (the international soccer organization) to investigate.

We spoke with Hans Laursen, IGLFA’s communications officer, to learn more about the organization and their work in tackling homophobia in the sport of football.

Why was IGLFA established?

April 28, 2013

Toronto Triggerfish claim the Polopalooza championship by defeating Atlanta

Polopalooza is the annual LGBT water polo competition hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo club in the world).  The 2013 event has just concluded with the final play-off match completed today, Sunday 28th April.

April 20, 2013

GSN speaks with Team Melbourne – the LGBT sports organization taking a leading role in achieving equality in sport

Australia is a nation that loves its sport and its sporting heroes.

We spoke with Dane McManus from Team Melbourne who are working hard to ensure that LGBT sportspeople can continue to play an active role in the sporting life of Australia.

When was Team Melbourne established?

April 9, 2013

The Federation of Gay Games is deliberating over who should win the right to host the event out of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Orlando and Limerick

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) have decided to allow the public to probe the bidding cities who wish to host the event.

Amsterdam, Limerick, London, Orlando and Paris are all hoping to host the 2018 Gay Games, which will be the tenth four-yearly event.

Out of the 300 questions asked, they range from the sports that will take place to the inclusion of all orientations and backgrounds of participants.

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?

March 5, 2013

GSN meets the LGBT sports organization of Brazil, based in São Paulo

Continuing our series of profiling LGBT sports clubs and organizations around, in we catch up Erico dos Santos – president of Comité Desportivo LGBT Brasileiro (CDG Brazil).

When was CDG Brazil established?

CDG Brazil was created in 2008 as part of an initiative to promote the human rights of LGBT people in Brazil, holding sporting events across the country and encouraging athletes to participate in international events like the Gay Games and Outgames.

February 28, 2013

World Out Games 2017 has been awarded to Miami Beach

Reykjavík or Miami Beach? It’s a tough choice but that’s the decision that the World Out Games have been grappling with today at their meeting in Antwerp.

After site visits to both cities, delegates from as far afield as Los Angeles, Mexico, Manchester, Australia and Tonga gathered together for final presentations, deliberations, and a vote - which has ultimately gone the way of Miami Beach.

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.

February 1, 2013

With over 700 members and a 20 year history, Brussels Gay Sports group keeps innovating

Over 20 years, Brussels Gay Sports (BGS) has gone from a volleyball club to one of the biggest LGBT organizations in the country, attracting 30 different nationalities and doing far more than just gay sports.

In our continuing quest to meet LGBT sports clubs around the world, we catch up with Bruno Olislaeger, president of Brussels Gay Sports.

When was BGS established?

January 26, 2013

GSN meets LGBT aquatics club Team Auckland Masters Swimming

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Damien Strogen - president of Team Auckland Masters Swimming (TAMS).

When was the TAMS club established?

We were formally set up in 1992. Ron Judd initiated the creation of TAMS. The idea germinated in 1990 at the Vancouver Gay Games and came into being 1992 with poolside coaching two times per week and registration as a masters club.

January 15, 2013

We meet Amsterdam’s LGBT aquatics club

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Remco Kobus - president of Gay Swim Amsterdam.

When was the Gay Swim Amsterdam club established?

The club was established in 1995 by Bob van Schijndel.

Is it just a swimming club or do you include other activities?

January 15, 2013

GSN meets the Stockholm Dolphins, the city's LGBT swimming club

Continuing our series profiling the world’s LGBT sports clubs, we meet Mats Grindal, one of the founders of the Stockholm Dolphins Swim Club.

When was the Stockholm Dolphins swim club established?

We founded the club in December 1999.

January 9, 2013

GSN meets the team from Wellington’s LGBT aquatics club in New Zealand

Continuing our series of getting to know the world’s LGBT sports clubs, in this issue we head to New Zealand to meet Martin Kaulback, Club Captain of Different Strokes - the LGBT aquatics club from Wellington.

How did Different Strokes start?

Different Strokes was established in 2008 by three swimmers - Hamish Allardice, David Huxford and myself.

Is Different Strokes just a swimming club or does it include other activities?

January 7, 2013

The annual LGBT aquatics championships will be drenching the state of Washington in 2013

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) is the organization that brings the world’s LGBT aquatics clubs together, sharing information and knowledge as well as staging an annual championships for LGBT competitors in swimming, diving, open water, synchronized swimming, and water polo.

We caught up with Jason Stone, head of the organizing committee for IGLA2013 to take a look at plans for this year’s event which will be held in the US city of Seattle.