Between the filthy bay water and sub-standard accommodations, it looks as if the Rio games are on par to rival the danger of disease or death from the conditions of the original Greek games over 2000 years ago. One must hope that the Gay Games officials considering international sites consider health concerns when deliberating.
I’m a fan of the Olympics: The spectacle of the opening ceremonies with the lighting of the Olympic Flame to hearing the national anthems played during medal ceremonies. I prefer summer over winter, because even watching the downhill skiers and bobsledders makes me cold.
This year the United States has seven LGBT — or, to be accurate, L athletes — competing in the Summer Olympic Games. The fact that not one gay male athlete has come out — and I assure you there is at least one going to Rio — could be in part due to the unfavorable LGBT climate in Brazil, though I doubt it could be worse than Russia’s.
There are 42 out athletes worldwide competing this summer; a record. And we all know at least one from Facebook, whether it is USA rugby player Kelly Griffin, Great Britain diver Tom Daley or Netherlands gymnast Jeffrey Wammes, It doesn’t take much to Google the others and it’s nice to have the names in the back of your mind when watching.
As the games proceed, find yourself an American hero and an LGBT hero or two. It’s always more fun when you know who’s on your team. And in between games, bouts, sets, rounds and routines, get out and play.
• Rugby 101 is being held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 6 at Pepper Middle School, 2901 S. 84th St. The after party is at 3 p.m. at MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St.
• The Philly Mayors Cup is Aug. 13. Several different races are part of the entire event and the Lez Running Club will be participating on behalf of Mazzoni Center.
Scott Drake has been on the PGN staff since February 2008, starting as a graphic and layout designer. He is now the newspaper’s photographer and art director, in charge of the publication's overall appearance. Scott has won more than 20 photography awards in the past eight years, including an NLGJA Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism Award, and more than a dozen others for graphics and writing. He is the recipient of two Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
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