Will Cleveland host Gay Games IX?

Will Cleveland host Gay Games IX?

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Gay sports enthusiasts in Cleveland are expected to announce their intentions today to bid on Gay Games IX in 2014. Under the banner of the Cleveland Synergy Foundation, the backers of the bid are scheduled to make the decision public during a press conference.

The new foundation is an effort to "measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the greater Cleveland GLBT and Straight community by attracting and creating significant cultural, athletic and benevolent events and festivals," according to its web site. The group is partnering with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Positively Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau on the bid.

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Beer bash raising funds for AIDS Walk

Beer bash raising funds for AIDS Walk

The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance, a collection of nine gay sports and recreation organizations, kicks off its fundraising efforts on Sunday for the upcoming AIDS Walk Atlanta with a beer bash.

AGSA members will be taking part in the AIDS Walk on Oct. 19, so they are looking to boost their efforts to raise money for event through the beer blast at F.R.O.G.S. Cantina in Midtown from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Just $10 gets you all the beer you can drink.

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Pucker up for the kiss cam

Pucker up for the kiss cam

It's a staple of most sports arenas -- the kiss cam that prompts couples to pucker up for the large video screen, only to end on two unsuspecting people, often men, to the delight of a laughing crowd.

Is it homophobic or just a little fun between plays? Southern Voice explores the issue.

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Golf tournament makes donations

Golf tournament makes donations

The recent First Annual Best Ball Tournament from the Women's Outdoor Network closed the books on the accounting for their event, which raised funds for three groups.

The final tally was $1,359. Each of the three beneficiaries -- WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Feminist Women’s Heath Center -- will receive $400, tournament officials said this week. Some 59 people took part in the golf outing, held Sept. 20 at Brown’s Mill Golf Course in Atlanta.

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Bucks win home opener

Bucks win home opener

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The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club opened its home schedule on Saturday with a convincing win over the Nashville Grizzlies.

The 21-12 victory puts the Bucks at 2-1 for their brief, seven-match fall schedule. The Bucks hit the road Oct. 11 for a rematch with Nashville.

Bullet Manale, the Buck's president, said before the match that the club is hungry and looking to build on the momentum from its performance at the Bingham Cup last summer. Read the full preview.

The Bucks other home matches: Oct. 25 (High Country), Nov. 1 (Charlotte) and Nov. 15 (Phoenix Storm).

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Hotlanta Softball rolls with Fall Ball

Hotlanta Softball rolls with Fall Ball

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The weather continues to cooperate with the Hotlanta Softball League.

HSL continued its Fall Ball in Piedmont Park on Sunday, the third of five weeks of play for the truncated yet more relaxed fall season.

The season continues Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 with games beginning at 9 a.m.

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Bucks prep for home opener

Bucks prep for home opener

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club is still a little hungry.

Not content to sit back and reflect on their trophy from the Bingham Cup last summer, the club is pushing ahead and working to improve as they dig into their fall season. The Bucks open their home schedule on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Nashville Grizzlies.

The match could provide the boost the Bucks (1-1) need this season. In two spring matches, the Bucks owned the gay Grizzlies, beating them 62-0 in March and 51-3 in February.    READ MORE »
Golf tourney nets 60 participants

Golf tourney nets 60 participants

Nearly 60 people took part in the First Annual Best Ball Tournament from the Women's Outdoor Network held late last month.

The event, held Sept. 20 at Brown's Mill Golf Course in Atlanta, helped raised funds for WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Feminist Women's Heath Center. How much the event raised hasn't been released by WON.

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Fall Ball continues in Piedmont

Fall Ball continues in Piedmont

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The Wall Street financial crisis be damned.

The Hotlanta Softball League provided a distraction on Sunday from the weakening economy and the gas shortage gripping metro Atlanta by filling two fields in Piedmont Park with sweaty and dusty softball players. It was week two of the league's Fall Ball season, which runs on Sundays until Oct. 26.

Want to watch? Games begin at 9 a.m. With the weather cooling, the Sunday morning games provide a great excuse for a stroll through the city's crown jewel of its park system.

View the Project Q Gallery photo album from Fall Ball week two. View photos from Fall Ball Opening Day here.

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Hotlanta team in middle of Series spat

Hotlanta team in middle of Series spat

Controversy lingers weeks after the Gay Softball World Series crowned its champions, with an Atlanta team in the middle of the thicket.

The Georgia Mudcats placed second in the Open Division A, the most competitive, after filing a protest that led to the disqualification of D2 over allegations that their roster included too many straight players. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association, which sanctions the tournament, says only two non-gay players are allowed per team in the World Series.

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Bucks open fall rugby season

Bucks open fall rugby season

The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club is off and running with their fall season.

The club, still smiling from their performance last June in the Bingham Cup, opened their eight-game schedule on the road in Chattanooga on Sept. 13 with a 74-7 loss followed by a 43-27 win on Sept. 20 in Charlotte. Their first home match is Oct. 4.

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Hotlanta Softball returns to Piedmont

Hotlanta Softball returns to Piedmont

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The Hotlanta Softball League opened its Fall Ball season on Sunday.

Fall Ball returned to the athletic fields of Piedmont Park for its five-week season, which runs until Oct. 26. Games begin at 9 a.m.

“Our Fall Ball is nowhere near as large as the regular season,” Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary, said before the season opened. “Fall Ball is there for us to have fun and it is more social than our regular season because we interact more.”

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Gay sports on the small screen

Gay sports on the small screen

The boys at Outports.com have added a video blog to their wide assortment of offerings on the gay sports site. The vlog is in partnership with AfterElton.com.

The first episode runs a little more than six minutes and includes Cyd Zeigler, an Outsports co-founder, and his take on being gay at an NFL game, Chris Cooley and Logo's new show "Shirts & Skins."

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Gay rodeo says no to Conyers for ‘09

Gay rodeo says no to Conyers for ‘09

imageThe Georgia Gay Rodeo Association has said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Conyers facility that has hosted its successful Souther Spurs Rodeo in the past.

Brad Bruner (photo), the group's president, made the announcement in an email to supporters today, citing higher costs and additional requirements since the group last hosted the rodeo at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers in 2005. He stressed that the group is still interested in hosting a gay rodeo in metro Atlanta next year, a high-profile event that would cap a resurgence by the organization.

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Sports to do this weekend

Sports to do this weekend

Ok, couch potatoes. You've got plenty to keep you active in the coming days, whether you want to actually play or just ogle the eye candy.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its fall season with action tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Games take place at the Piedmont Park athletic fields. Speaking of eye candy, there's a photo album from Week 1 action.

SOFTBALL, TAKE ONE: The Decatur Women's Sports League continues its fall season on Friday. Week 3 begins at 6 p.m. on two fields at Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker.

GOLF: The Women's Outdoor Network hosts its First Annual Best Ball Tournament. The event, a fundraiser for WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Feminist Women's Health Center, starts early on Saturday at Brown's Mill Golf Course. Registration at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m.

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club continues its fall season on Saturday with a road trip to Charlotte. The club opened the season Sept. 13 with a match in Chattanooga.

SOFTBALL, TAKE TWO: The Hotlanta Softball League kicks off its Fall Ball on Sunday at 9 a.m. Games take place at the Piedmont Park athletic fields.

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Volleyball looking to fill fall rosters

Volleyball looking to fill fall rosters

There's still time to register for the Hotlanta Volleyball Association's fall league.

For the group's Friday night recreational league, registration closes Sept. 19 (that's tomorrow). League games begin Sept. 26 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Games continue on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Nov. 7. The fall tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. Cost for the league is $32, plus $15 for an annual HVA membership.

Registration for HVA's intermediate and advanced leagues, which both play on Tuesdays at Agnes Scott, was extended to Sept. 23.

For a taste of what it's all about, view the Project Q Atlanta photo album from HVA's Hotlanta Classic VXII.    READ MORE »
Flag football opens fall season

Flag football opens fall season

imageThe National Flag Football League of Atlanta returned to the field -- and Piedmont Park -- for its fall season on Sept. 11.

Games continue on Thursdays at 6 p.m. into November. The league, pushed from Piedmont Park during its spring season earlier this year, returned to the park's athletic fields for its fall season. The park provides a boost in visibility for the league.

The league's travel team is also practicing in preparation of Gay Bowl VIII, set for mid October in Salt Lake City. Last year, the Atlanta Storm placed ninth in the 16-team tournament.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the fall season opener.    READ MORE »
Is too much straight a bad thing?

Is too much straight a bad thing?

The simmering controversy left over from the recent Gay Softball World Series--and one that benefitted a team from the Hotlanta Softball League--continues to spur debate over the event's limit on the number of heterosexual players allowed on team rosters.

Cyd Zeigler, a co-founder of Outsports, weighed in with his take:

Sports is still a relatively homophobic place. I was watching a high school football practice earlier this week and heard the coach and players taunting one another with "girl" and "sissy." This was in Manhattan. Sports is not a friendly place for gay people, for the most part.

As long as the sports world continues to cast a homophobic shadow over our culture, I personally have no problem with people trying to keep playing sports for gay tournaments as open to gay people as possible.


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Women’s group readies golf tourney

Women’s group readies golf tourney

The Women's Outdoor Group is putting the final touches on its First Annual Best Ball Tournament, set for Sept. 20

The event benefits WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Feminist Women’s Health Center. The cost is $75 per person or $300 for a team of four and participants can register online.

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Flag football opens fall season

Flag football opens fall season

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Football is back, baby. Flag football, that is.

The National Flag Football League of Atlanta launches its Fall League on Thursday, meaning about eight to 10 weeks of games. Best of all, the league returns to Piedmont Park, which booted sports groups from its athletic fields earlier this year. Games begin at 6 p.m.

The league's travel team will also be making preparations for Gay Bowl VIII, set for mid October in Salt Lake City. Last year, the Atlanta Storm placed ninth in the 16-team tournament. In 2005, the NFFLA team made a run at the title, losing in the final game.

The league ended its spring season in late June with the Broncos taking the championship.

For a look at what you might be competing against, check out the Project Q Atlanta photo galleries from last season.

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