How many American Gay sports teams are there?

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    Jan 11, 2015 9:31 AM GMT
    "Brisbane Hustlers begin 2015 pre-season with rigorous fitness testing" - interesting how 23 million Ozzies seem to have more visible Gay Pride than 316 million Americans.

    Are there any gay sports teams in your city?


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    Jan 11, 2015 1:33 PM GMT
    I know there is a bowling team here. I imagine there are more sports team where I live since I'm in the Austin, TX area.
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 11, 2015 4:26 PM GMT
    The website claims there are over 300 gay sports teams just in the LA area alone, including 100 softball teams, and 80 bowling teams. There are also soccer teams, flag football teams, swim teams, water polo teams, ultimate frisbee teams... and the Los Angeles Blades ice hockey team, which was the very first gay sports team in the US, in the mid 80s. Many of these teams participate in events like the Gay Games, the World OutGames, and various tournaments around the US (e.g., the Sin City Shootout in Las Vegas).

    They are very visible, seeing as they fill up the city parks on any given weekend. But the teams around here don't make calendars or take posed team photos in natty uniforms. That seems to be an Aussie thing.
  • metta

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    Jan 11, 2015 4:31 PM GMT

    I don't know how many we have but I know that we have a bunch just in volleyball alone. The number of teams are constantly changing. I don't know if anyone is really keeping track of how many there are. Maybe Outsports is...
  • RSportsguy

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    Jan 11, 2015 7:56 PM GMT
    We have the MDSL softball league here in Detroit area! I played in a gay volleyball league the past few years and I know many friends who are in a gay bowling league. There is also gay basketball here too.
  • mwolverine

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    Jan 11, 2015 8:20 PM GMT
    In addition to the long established Metro Detroit Softball League there is MDFFL (flag football), MDVL (volleyball), Out For Kicks Detroit (soccer), various bowling leagues, swimming, rugby, etc.

    Many of these sports have regional and national affiliations and tournaments in addition to local leagues.

    Get involved and find out yourself how much fun they are!
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    Jan 11, 2015 8:26 PM GMT
    Gosh, dozens here, if you're talking in a city or area. We have teams that are gay, lesbian, or gay & lesbian combined, for:

    - softball league
    - bowling league
    - golf (founded by an RJer right here)
    - volleyball
    - tennis
    - swimming
    - bicycling clubs
    - polo league (yes, polo)

    And I'm probably omitting a few. These teams also admit straights. They don't practice the orientation discrimination that gays often experience with straight teams.

    Here's me with a friend at our pavilion for a gay polo match in Palm Beach. In the second pic my partner in sitting in the blue shirt. I have some other pics of me golfing with a mostly gay group, but I can't find them right now.




    So yeah, there's a lot of gay sports of all kinds all around you, if you look.
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    Jan 12, 2015 1:51 AM GMT
    Does that also include water sports?