Gay jocks flood Atlanta this weekend

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If you’re still in Atlanta this weekend (many gay folks head south to Pensacola) and not fully occupied with the Atlanta Dream (they play tonight and Sunday afternoon), there are some sporty gay options for your Memorial Day holiday.

Nearly 700 gay and lesbian bowlers are here for the International Gay Bowling Organization Annual 2008, the conference and tournament by the body that sanctions gay bowling. They will take over two bowling centers – in Midtown and Norcross – for the event.

Organizers of the annual Dixie Invitational Bowling Tournament in Atlanta put together the bid for the event, which returns to the city after a 15-year absence. The event also includes a display on Sunday of the 23 IGBO panels created for the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Some 40 teams are expected to crowd the fields of the Metro Atlanta Softball Complex in southwest Fulton County for the Hotlanta Softball Challenge, the annual tournament hosted by the Hotlanta Softball League. Some 10 teams from Atlanta will join others from across the South, Washington, D.C. and Texas.

Also in the mix is the Hotlanta Soccer Classic, which is taking its eight teams to the Georgia Soccer Park in East Point for the first time. New drought-related restrictions meant the tournament had to move from its high-profile location in Piedmont Park.

A team from the Hotlanta Soccer Association, which organizes the event, and three other local teams will join others from San Diego, Florida and New York City in the tournament, which is in its second consecutive year after a three-year hiatus.

For even more details, read this Southern Voice sports column about the events.

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