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WWW.GLISA-NA.ORG Vol 1 Issue 5
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From Greg Larocque, President GLISA-NA
In many parts of the world, this is a time of celebration and joy, and gratitude for the gifts we've been given. The gift to me from my parents is who I am - a gay man, not so young anymore but perhaps a bit wiser, still able to run a 10K even if it isn't very pretty to watch.
I am very thankful to be who I am, to know I must try to be the best I can be every day, to know I'm a good and valuable person, and to be able to show that to others by the way I treat people - and not let them treat me or my community in certain ways. Any day that I can do any of those things is a good day.
When you see teams struggling to have relevance to their communities, and individuals struggling with their own sense of self-value, you know people are trying to be the best they can be. When you see your local GLBT hockey team play a game, you know they're trying to be the best they can be. When you hear someone object to a homophobic comment or slur, you know someone is trying to be the best person they can be.
Being the best person you can be, that's the greatest gift you can give to those you love and who love you. At any time of year.
A brief update:
One of the fundamental principles of GLISA North America is that of legacy. For any organization, it's a singular challenge to assure that it remains true to its founding principles and values. So it's with particular satisfaction that the GLISA NA Board has worked to continue the successes of its short history.
One of the unheralded and successful programs of the Montreal World OutGames was the "travel scholarship" program that provided funding to dozens of GLBT individuals to attend the First World OutGames. GLISA North America adapted this program for the First North America OutGames in Calgary and applied it to GLBT youth to get several participants to Calgary in April.
The Board of GLISA North America has extended its Youth Outreach Program to Melbourne 's First AsiaPacific OutGames to be held in Melbourne January 30- February 4, 2008 . The first contribution was received from Raul Martinez of Houston , Texas , and donations have created a fund that presently is more than $2,000 ( US ). Any donations are welcome and will be wholly targeted to the Youth Outreach Program. Details of the Youth Outreach Program can be found at www.glisa-na.org, or inquiries@... .
GLISA North America has also completed the development of its Bidding Guidelines for hosting future Continental OutGames. The Guidelines are intended to provide a framework for groups interested in considering the possibility of hosting a North America OutGames. Though intended to be a more modest event than a World OutGames, each Continental OutGames must still have the three components - sports, celebration, and human rights. And, like the Calgary OutGames, each OutGames must be constructed on a premise of success at all levels of implementation. Because this is a proprietary document, individuals with a sincere interest in hosting the 2011 North America OutGames are invited to contact GLISA North America. inquiries@... .
The GLISA-NA Board is also working on additional applications to and connections through the GLISA-NA web site as well as membership initiatives for the local level. These will be announced, and published on the GLISA-NA web site as they are finalized.
Should any GLISA North America member(s) have suggestions on directions for the organization, they are welcome to make them to any member of the Board. And we ask that every member organization keep its contact information up-to-date so communication can continue throughout the organization.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Take care and stay well.
President - GLISA North America
With the growing popularity of Internet social networking GLISA-NA is extending its reach to get our message out to more and more people. The MySpace portal currently has 202,948,785 users at the time of this writing. MySpace and other networking sites will provide GLISA-NA the opportunity to reach many people of all ages regarding our members and the GLBT athletic movement. As you may know MySpace is a member's only site so sign up and be sure to leave your comments, pictures, videos etc.
Western Cup XXVI
March 20-22, 2008 Calgary, Alberta, Canada www.westerncup.com
Multisport: badminton, bowling, curling, ice hockey, running, swimming, volleyball
The 26th annual Western Cup presents seven sport tournaments and three social events. Early bird prices end February 24, 2008. Registration closes March 14, 2008. Please see web site for full details.
International Gay Lesbian Travel Association's 25th Annual Convention!
In May 2008, IGLTA will take Sin City by storm! From April 30 until May 4, 2008, Las Vegas will host the Annual Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.
This website is your one stop shop. Here is where you will find updates, registration information, hotel and air information as well as anything else you could possibly want to learn about this one of a kind event.
IGLTA, 915 Middle River Drive, Suite #306 , Fort Lauderdale , FL 33304 , USA
Phone: 1 954 630 1637 Email: IGLTA@...
SAVE THE DATE(S)
The 2nd Pride Track & Field Meet on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in San Francisco , California . Hosted by the San Francisco Track & Field Club, the Pride Meet provides athletes of all sexual orientations with an opportunity to compete together in a welcoming environment. The inaugural event welcomed 117 athletes from across the US and around the world, back to the site of the very first LGBT track meet--at Gay Games I in 1982. So for personal bests, friendship, and new traditions and old--before you go to Copenhagen in 2009--come to San Francisco in 2008!
For more information including the schedule of events and registration, visit the meet website at www.pridemeet.org.
Team Pilipinas ( Philippines ).
Bruce Portugal Amoroto, Coordinator, Team Pilipinas
A. Team Pilipinas Participates in the 2007 Manila Pride March
Last Saturday, 8 December, was the 9th Manila LGBT Pride March organized by Task Force Pride Philippines . It was a great day and we're all glad the weather cooperated unlike in the past marches where it usually "rained on our parade". Mobilizing a delegation for Team Pilipinas was a challenge since many have already signified interest in being part of their respective organizations. There were about 2,000 participants this year and more than a dozen organizations marched including Team Pilipinas. The march assembled and ended with a programme at the Rajah Sulayman Park in front of Malate Church in Manila . While the Pride 9 video (where Team Pilipinas' very own Noel Sumingwa is part of) was being screened, yours truly and friends were busy handing flyers and entertaining questions about Team Pilipinas, Melbourne OutGames, and other upcoming international LGBT sporting, cultural and human rights events. Already there are expressions of interest in participating in Copenhagen 2009 World OutGames. Attached here are the route of the march and a link to the photos of the march.
B. Team Pilipinas Joins the Task Force Pride Post-Pride Party (PPP)
As part of the Manila Pride Season, Team Pilipinas (TP) will be joining Task Force Pride Philippines ' official Post-Pride Party (PPP) this Saturday, 15 December 2007, 10pm at Government Club in Makati. This will be another opportunity for TP to promote the Melbourne 2008 1st Asia Pacific OutGames and to encourage more members for its human rights, sexual diversity and equality campaign. Attached is a map for directions to Government.
C. LGBT Bowlers Prepare for Melbourne OutGames
On Sunday, 16 December 2007, TLF SHARE will be holding the fifth year of Ms. U Bowling Pageant, the organization's popular community sporting event and contribution to the celebration of December LGBT Pride. The bowling tournament will be held at Bowling Inn, along Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila . Registration starts at 05.00PM. Team Pilipinas members will individually compete for the coveted titles, Ms. Photogenic, Ms. Congeniality, Best in Costume, Ms. Talent and of course, Ms. U 2007. Noel Contreras who reigns as current Ms. U Bowlibini aims to defend his title and to compete in next year's Melbourne OutGames.
D. Team Pilipinas Send-off Party forMelbourne
On 12 January 2008, Team Pilipinas will be holding its Send-off and last Registration Party for Melbourne 2008 1st Asia Pacific OutGames. This will be happening at Bed Club in Malate where Great Ancheta, one of its co-owners, will be welcoming everyone.
To your health
Cinnamon is exceedingly healthy. It has a number of benefits, according to The Healthy Snacks Blog, including these top five:
- Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. This means it can help fight yeast infections, lice and ulcers.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. It can reduce your chances of strokes and heart disease.
- Cinnamon can help lower bad cholesterol and it can help manage blood sugar levels and diabetes.
- Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium.
- Smelling Cinnamon can improve your memory.
So enjoy cinnamon, but make sure you do it in moderation -- it can be toxic in large doses. And please note that large, doughy cinnamon buns are not an ideal source of cinnamon -- but they're a great source of fat and calories.
The Sounds of Happy New Year
With the holiday season upon us, here's a list that's sure to be a tongue twister. See how Happy New Year is pronounced around the world.
Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means "Good Parties and Happy New Year"
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo or Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan
Regardless of how you say it, be the best you can be!
The following event information is a selection of upcoming events you will find on the GLISA-NA web site calendar. Always verify dates/times/etc. If you would like to have your organizations event(s) posted in upcoming newsletters and on the GLISA-NA web calendar please contact: webmaster@... .
Asia Pacific OutGamesMelbourne 2008 January 30th thru February 3rd.
The Asia Pacific OutGames will take place during the Midsumma Festival -Melbourne 's annual gay and lesbian cultural festival. The closing celebration of the OutGames is likely to be part of Pride March which culminates in an outdoor concert and celebration in St Kilda's beautiful Catani Gardens right by the beach. To be kept up to date with all the latest Melbourne 2008 news, join Club Melbourne 2008
One of the very central things that have fallen into place is the dates for the various events. WorldOutgames will take place from 25 July to 2 August 2009. The event will start with an innovative and spectacular opening ceremony and will end with a nice party. The two days in between will offer the opportunity to participate in about 30 branches of sports at the city's various sizeable sports centres. The human rights conference will take place from 27 to 29 July, which will, among others, focus on LGBT-people in relation to families, culture and media and education. Asides from this, Copenhagen will offer numerous cultural activities around in the streets and in the cultural institutions of the city. So there will be plenty to see and do.
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