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Participate! Newsletter of the Gay Games - Vol 8 Issue 4

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  • Michael Clark
    Subject: Participate! Newsletter of the Gay Games - Vol 8 Issue 4 Volume VIII Issue 4 - June 2011 Browser version here Summer Events The Federation of Gay
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2011
      Subject: Participate! Newsletter of the Gay Games - Vol 8 Issue 4

      Volume VIII Issue 4 - June 2011  Browser version here

      Summer Events
      The Federation of Gay Games is sending out this reminder to friends of the Gay Games regarding some events that are coming up this summer, and an important petition regarding lesbophobia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournament currently underway in Germany.
      Last chance to register for EuroGames 2011
      A message from our friends at Eurogames 2011:
      Make sure you register now, before it's too late! Registration for the EuroGames 2011 will close on 1 July 2011.
      Together with thousands of gays and lesbians from all over Europe you and your friends can experience the fun of participating in a large international event, celebrating diversity and enjoying your favourite sports.
      Everybody can register until July 1st for a large number of sporting activities, from volleyball to water polo and from soccer to athletics. The entry fee is €130 for members of the EGLSF (European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation), while non-members pay €20 more. On top of everything else, all registrations in the final 10 days can pick up (while stocks last) a cool EuroGames T-shirt at accreditation!
      Visit eurogames2011.eu where you’ll find everything you need to know.  See you in Rotterdam!
      A selection of Federation of Gay Games member events 
      On the weekend of the 4th of July, the American national holiday, no fewer than four Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance tournaments will be taking place in the USA:
      -- Bluegrass Open, Louisville, KY
      -- San Diego Open, San Diego, CA
      -- Seattle Classic, Seattle, WA
      -- Liberty Open, New York, NY
      Learn more about these tournaments and the many other summer events for LGBT tennis players at http://www.glta.net  
      San Francisco Track and Field Club
      The 4th Annual Pride Track and Field Meet returns on 13 August 2011!
      The Pride Track & Field Meet is designed to provide athletes of all sexual orientations with an opportunity to compete together in a welcoming environment.  We proudly serve both the LGBT sport community and the general track & field community. 
      More info at: http://www.pridemeet.org 
      Amateur Sports Alliance of North America
      Philadelphia, USA
      The ASANA Softball World Series 2011 will be hosted by The City of Brotherly Love Softball League (CBLSL) in Philadelphia, PA from 23-27 August 2011!
      The members of CBLSL and the Bring the Love Host Committee are hard at work planning exciting events every night of the series.  Come out and explore Philadelphia with hundreds of other softball-loving fans.
      And looking ahead to the autumn…
      Wrestlers Without Borders
      San Francisco, USA
      WWB Cup III, the international Wrestlers Without Borders LGBT wrestling championship held in non-Gay Games years, will take place Saturday 24 September 2011 in San Francisco, hosted by Golden Gate Wrestling Club. This will also be the Don Jung Memorial Tournament, hosted each year by GGWC.
      Panteres Grogues
      Barcelona, Spain
      Registration for PanterESports 2011 is already open! Panteres Grogues are looking forward seeing you in Barcelona from 16-18 September 2011!
       You are welcome to join us in the biggest LGBT sports event in southern Europe, celebrating its 5th edition this year. You’ll find three days filled with sports, cultural events, parties, sun and sea by the Mediterranean.
       Pink Power
      Munich, Germany
      Pink Power is a Martial Arts event founded 1999 by BUSHIDO München, Munich’s gay and lesbian karate club. Since then it has taken place in various European cities such as Paris, London, and Cologne.
      In honor of the 15th anniversary of the founding club, Pink Power is returning to Munich this year from 16-18 September 2011. As always it will offer a broad selection of performances and workshops held by international renowned masters from different Martial Arts and styles. Take the chance and meet other Martial Artists practicing Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo and many more. But don’t worry, you don’t have to know all these styles – everyone is warmly welcome, no matter of their style or skill!
      As a plus, those of you who like to party can enjoy the big gay & lesbian event in the “Bräurosl” beer tent at the Munich Oktoberfest on Sunday evening.
      We are looking forward to seeing you in Munich 2011!
      Petition against religious-based homophobia in Nigerian national football team
      This Sunday 26 June, Nigeria will take the field against France in Sinsheim, Germany for the opening game of the World Cup. The players on this team, and the players excluded from this team, are victims of religious-based homophobia, a witch hunt reported this week in the New York Times, aimed as kicking women off the national team, “not because they were bad players, but because they were lesbians.”
      This petition, supported by the Federation of Gay Games and the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association, among others, urges FIFA, football's international governing body, to publicly condemn this kind of systematic discrimination and to sanction the Nigerian Football Federation in order to bring an end to this discrimination and abuse.
      Emy Ritt of Paris, co-president of the Federation of Gay Games, stated that the FGG would be wholeheartedly supporting the petition, and asking its member organizations and friends of the Gay Games to sign: “The truest values of sport are those of sport for all. This means sport in which everyone is welcome and everyone is safe, whatever their sexual identity and sexual orientation. The actions of the Nigerian team are contrary to our values of participation, inclusion and personal best for all, which should be the values of FIFA and sportspeople everywhere.”
      More info here
      Sign the petition at http://www.allout.org/fifa
      Gay Games Links & Resources
      FGG website: gaygames.org
      Shop for Amazon general merchandise: amazon.com/fedofgaygam
      Shop for FGG-specific mechandise: shop.gaygames.org
      Gay Games IX Cleveland website: 2014gaygamescleveland.com
      Gay Games IX Cleveland Facebook: facebook.com/gaygamescleveland
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      Cleveland Twitter: @GayGamesClev

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