Gay Games – Paris 2018

HISTORY:  The Gay Games were founded in 1982 in San Francisco by the late Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic athlete in the decathlon.  Dr. Waddell’s objectives were to offer an ‘Olympic-like’ experience to everyone while eradicating discrimination and homophobia and breaking down stereotypes.

Organized every four years in cities around the world, such as San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Cologne, and Cleveland, thousands of athletes and artists are expected to participate in Paris 2018-Gay Games 10.  This will be the first time that the Gay Games will have been organized in a francophone and capital city.

Paris’s history in the LGBTIQ sports movement in France, including as Host of the 1997 EuroGames, and, for the past 15 years, the annual Paris International Tournaments, reflect the expertise and unity of the Paris and France LGBTIQA sport and culture community.

For regular updates on the Gay Games 2018, please feel free to follow the official Facebook page below. This page is managed by the Federation of Gay Games and will regularly update with information for those competing as well as the cultural and diversity events taking place for all visitors and spectators.
 

OFS Update on Miami Out Games 2017

Out For Sport London (OFS) was saddened to hear of the cancellation of the sports programmes, Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of GLISA’s Outgames in Miami, in which London teams were planning to participate.

We are heartened by the proactive action taken by grassroots sports teams and organisations such as Nadadores Miami, International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, International Gay and Lesbian Football Association and others to ensure that the Aquatics and Football events take place and that those athletes are given the opportunity to participate and achieve their personal best.

It is great to see the City of Miami Beach as well as local businesses and associations, stepping in to provide alternative sports and community events for participants already in Miami.  We are thankful that the community has helped organise alternative events for field hockey, basketball, country and western dancing and hopefully other sports.

Out For Sport is actively engaged with the Federation of Gay Games in preparation for Gay Games XI in Paris, from 4th to the 10th August 2018. We encourage teams to sign up for this event.

The plans for Paris are impressive and have the backing of the local city and council organisations, local businesses and the community.  The local LGBT grassroots sports community has a strong track record in organising the annual TIP tournament, which attracts over 4,000 athletes every year.

The international Federation of Gay Games, the governing body for the Gay Games, has a governance model that has been refined over the past 30 years.

We look forward to a great Gay Games XI in Paris, competing with over 10,000 athletes from all over the world in over 36 sports plus cultural events. Our representatives will work tirelessly to hold Paris to account.

We hope that all the athletes in Miami have a good time and manage to salvage some exciting sport.

Out For Sport Committee

Pride in London Festival 2017 – Sport Taster Sessions – NOW LIVE!!

We have some very exciting news for all of our OFS member clubs in London:

Pride in London have now published all of your agreed ‘Taster Events’ as part of the Pride Festival 2017. Listings all of your sporting events as well as other non sporting events can be found on their events page below. We hope you all share this information amongst your clubs to help drive participation for everyone, but also that you enjoy attending events of your own personal interest. It’s a fun packed programme that is guaranteed to entertain and engage:

http://prideinlondon.org/plan-your-pride/pride-festival

BLAGSS Diversity Games – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July 2017

GOLF

BLAGSS is organising the 3rd Brighton Diversity Games.  I am working hard to get a large number of LGBT Golfers to the event this year.   It would be really brilliant if you could join the LGBT community at the Diversity Games Golf on 8th July.  I attach the leaflet and link to joining the event.  I really want to give it a push this year to get the numbers up.

Find out further information and registration: click here

DANCE

This year BLAGSS will be holding the 1st Same Sex Dance Championships in both Ballroom and Latin American Dance. With both Men’s and Women’s categories in each discipline in the fantastic Mandela Hall in Brighton, this is tipped to be a dance competition not to be missed.

Find out further information and registration: click here

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OFS Welcomes New Club Members

As agreed at the OFS Assembly held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 at Stonewall Offices in Clerkenwell, we are delighted to announce the following new club memberships to Out For Sport. We are really excited that they are now part of our LGBT+ Sport family and further details on the individual clubs can be found under the ‘members’ section of our website:

London Lads – Gay Bowling

London ORCA

LYC Badminton

Soho FC

Thames Dragon Boat Club

Wutian Martial Arts Institute

Once again, Welcome!!

LGBT+ Sports Fair @ LSBU – April 2017

We hope you all enjoyed our LGBT+ Sports Fair held at LSBU in April. We had over 25 of London’s greatest LGBT+ sports clubs on show and the opportunity to chat with their members and learn how you can get involved. We were also delighted to sign up a number of new clubs under the Out For Sport umbrella in the Capital and we look forward to sharing more information on these clubs on our website very soon – they will be ratified as members at our next OFS Assembly.

We have our next OFS Assembly meeting coming up on Tuesday 16th May – see our Facebook page and events page for further information on registration. It is going to be held at Stonewall and we would love for representatives from all our member clubs to be present to hear about our new five year strategy for our organisation.

Thanks again for taking part and PLEASE stay tuned for our next event. Pride is just around the corner and we aim to participate as much as we can with all of our member taster sessions.