Not all gay Atlanta sports hibernate for winter

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imageWhile Atlanta’s gay rugby and flag football teams may resort to winter games like last week’s Miss Ruck & Maul Pageant and Jockboy calendar signings, some local sports actually heat up during the cold months.

By far, the best case in point is the Decatur Women’s Sports League, which ended its huge softball season just in time to introduce winter basketball on Wednesdays and badminton on Mondays.

“The league is a great place to network,” founder Anne “Sarge” Barr (top photo) told Project Q Atlanta in September. “With all our diversity, many varied backgrounds and talents, we help one another because you never get too old to be a team player on the field and in life.”

In January, this league of extraordinary gentlewomen ramps up even more with weekly bowling on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 6. They add volleyball to the mix on Thursdays as of Feb. 4.

imageSpeaking of volleyball, the Hotlanta Volleyball Association (second photo) keeps going all year as well. As soon as a successful season of League Play for recreational and advanced players wrapped in November, Open Play immediately began.

HVA members and non-members can participate in Open Play, which is pay-to-play–$5 for members and $10 for non-members. For non-members, Open Play is a chance for recreational, intermediate and advanced players to show your stuff before League Play resumes in February and teams are chosen. Recreational games are played on Fridays; intermediate and advanced matches are on Tuesdays.

Other LGBT leagues that don’t let a little nasty weather get in their ways are the Atlanta Rainbow Trout swimming and water polo teams (See photos from the Dec. 5 St. Nick’s Meet), the Atlanta Team Tennis Association, and Front Runners Atlanta.

Tennis practice takes place each Saturday. Frontrunners step it up each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The Trout works out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

And don’t say it’s too cold for a speedo. Did you see our photos from the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run?


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