Gay sports teams...?!?!?!

  • justinlee86

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    Jan 20, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    I just joined a flag football team...just wondering what other people on here play?

  • RSportsguy

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    Jan 20, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    I play wallyball in a predominately gay league. (of course, we started the league and just rent the courts). I think there is one player who is straight in the entire league. Our league is pretty competitive too.
  • stevarino7

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    Jan 20, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    on a predominantly gay rugby team
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    Jan 20, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Thinking about joining a gay rowing team. Never rowed before except in the gym. Little nervous.

  • Jan 20, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    Team Detroit Aquatics. Joined their swim team 2 years. Love it, all bunch of nice guys. Hopefully going to IGLA this year with them.
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    Jan 21, 2008 4:57 AM GMT
    One of the many on here who is in the NYC gay and also in the str8 leagues. Plus North American Gay Volleyball Association.

    If you don't know it come and check it out. Alot of fun.

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    Jan 21, 2008 6:23 AM GMT
    I play in a gay volleyball and a gay softball league every year, among other leagues.
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    Jan 21, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    I misunderstood the topic. I was going to say the Dallas Cowboys.
  • justinlee86

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    Jan 22, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    Haha...yeah wrong topic Rugger!!!
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    Jan 22, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    I used to play on a gay softball team, and play on a mixed volleyball team.

    I a, hoping things settle out enough to give me time to join a gay swim team this year.
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    Jan 25, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    I play on 3 gay sports teams and each has its own identity. Also play on a few straight teams which have no gay dimension other than I play on them.

    Play for the Madison Minotaurs Gay Rugby team. We play both gay teams and straight teams. We were founded in April 2007 and this will be our first year playing in a straight league.

    Experiences of being on a gay team playing straight mainly rural wisconsin teams has so far being extremly positive. After the homophobic media messages on TV from the gay marriage amendment battle in Wisc , the support shown by the straight teams has been impressive. The Wisc Rugby Club in Madison could not have been more supportive and this has helped a lot in earning the respect and support of all the other teams in Wisc.

    Play for the Killer Bees of the Madison Gay Hockey Assoc. There are 6 teams in the league all of which are gay. So the experience is different than Rugby. The feeling is of building an alternative community that doesn't involve bars , drugs or sex. My feeling is that it is helping a lot of guys in fighting their internal homophobia generated in not being " man " enough to play high school sports. The local media have covered a lot of games and numerous politicians have attended games (WI Lt Gov, WI Supreme Ct Candidates, Congressmen, City/County members etc)

    Play on a gay bowling team and have attended numerous gay bowling tournaments. This is less jockish and more recreational than the other two leagues. It isn't ground breaking or changing sterotypes like the other two. It's just about having fun with friends over a few beers.

    To sum it up, my feeling is playing on a gay team can help change perceptions of what it means to be gay, both internally within our own community and externally in the wider str8 community

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    Jan 25, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    I play softball on a straight team and just finished my straight bowling league. I dont know any gay events around my area. I am from Redwood city CA so if anyone is from the bay area please point me in the right direction.

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  • in773guy

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    Jan 25, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    Being in Chicago we are very fortunate to have an array of gay sports to chose from....I myself play Beach volleyball, Indoor mens 6's volleyball, also travel and play NAGVA...then there's Softball, flag football and tennis. I think that is enough to keep me busy year round.
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    Jan 25, 2008 4:44 PM GMT
    About ten years ago, I started and still help run a Gay and Lesbian golf group in South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale)called THE GOFFERS (www.thegoffers.com). We play twice a week year round.
  • jc_online

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    Jan 25, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    I hadn't played on an athletic team since the fourth grade until recently. I joined the local gay volleyball team - and I'm loving it.

    It's a lot more fun than band, the speech team, or the drama club - which is what I joined in high school instead of sports.

    Other than feeling like a low-skilled dork on the court, I am having a great time. Thankfully I am not the least skilled, just close to it. icon_confused.gif
  • justinlee86

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    Jan 26, 2008 3:58 AM GMT
    It is awesome to read about all the Gay teams...On a different note, does it seem that we exclude ourselves from str8 ppl? I just feel more comfortable around all Gay ppl...

    I really like that the Wisc. str8 Rugby teams are accepting the gay team...thats really really awesome!!!
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    Jan 26, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    I don't think we exclude ourselves by playing on gay teams. Most players on gay teams also play sports on str8 teams.

    What I'm finding is that the gay teams allow guys that are sportsphobic to enter the world of sports. They then can get the confidence to join str8 teams. A lot of gay males have had really negative experiences with sports due to high school homophobia. The gay teams are helping them overcome this by providing a safe environment were they know that being gay is not a negative.

  • irishboxers

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    Jan 26, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I've played with the flag football team here in LA for the last 6 years, but I'm tapering it off and switching over to golf. Isn't that what all football players do? icon_biggrin.gif

    It's been a great experience with the football team and will continue to be as I play now and then. It's interesting to see some similar dynamics on the gay team as I've seen on straight teams I've been on. Everyone wants to be the star, everyone wants the ball. Ironically enough, our best years were when we had a group that was more team-focused and fine not getting the ball as long as the team scored. That was a couple of years ago and most of us have moved on (married/partnered, adopted kids, found other sports that are easier on the body) but we formed friendships that will last a long time. Pretty much the same as a straight team.

    Gay or straight, teams can be pretty similar. There will always be egos, prima donnas, solid team players, and superstars. The only difference with the gay teams is there usually isn't any of the macho bs that seems to be around the straight teams. There's still the verbal harassment, like "Get the lube off your hands!" if you drop a ball, or "Looks like someone got wrecked last night" if you look tired or sore. Or, my personal favorite if people were arguing in the huddle, "How many bossy bottoms does it take to call a play?" Yep, fun times.

    Now if I could only find a group of gay golfers in LA...
  • Gabriel

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    Jan 26, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I play on a gay Water Polo team in Toronto. The team's name is the Triggerfish and is inclusive - in addition to the gays, we have a couple lesbians and straight girls. It was my first try at a team sport.
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    Jan 26, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    This is my first year playing in a gay football league in Boston. I absolutely love it. Tons of fun. We also have straight women as well as some legitimately straight guys. (we also have at least one illegitimately straight guy) But it's par for the course. We have a lot of fun regardless.
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    Feb 03, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    Another flag football player here.
    www.MichiganPanthers.org.

    Hope Colorado can join us for the Gay Superbowl in Salt Lake City in October.

    madsoccer> What I'm finding is that the gay teams allow guys that are sportsphobic to enter the world of sports. They then can get the confidence to join str8 teams.

    Very true. We first started out tossing the ball around for fun, then as the Gay Games approached, we started getting more serious (helped that we recruited a former college football player who had a lot of coaching experience). We ended up with 12 people going to the Gay Games - half of whom had never before played in a football game.

    By this time last year, for practice, we were playing in an indoor straight league. Including some new recruits who... had never played a game of football previoulsy - and if it wasn't for the gay team, never would have.

    My partner recently got involved in the local gay community center and we've been talking about starting up a volleyball night. (Anyone in the Ann Arbor area who's interested... let me know.)

    For other gay sports activities in Michigan, see:
    www.TeamMichigan.US

    Thanks!
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    Feb 03, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    I play on the gay Flag Football league here in Atlanta
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Oct 05, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    not yet but looking for a team to join. still got enough in the tank for tackle but would be fun to make friends and play for a team who needs a reciever and a db.
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:31 AM GMT
    North American Gay Volleyball Association is responsible for it..
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    Oct 22, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    I stil have yet to learn how to play football but Im on a rugby team that has gay men on it... but normally Im to dead/broken to bother talking. icon_biggrin.gif I was not made to play such sports.

    EDIT: I wasn't raised in America which is the reason why I dont know how to play football.