Get Out and Play

The myth that being LGBT precludes one from being an athlete has been refuted over and over, and Get Out and Play further seeks to highlight the important role that LGBT people play in the sports world. Philadelphia has a vibrant LGBT sports community and, in Get Out and Play, PGN artistic director and photographer Scott Drake chronicles the match-ups and meets, tournaments and tryouts that stand out on the local LGBT sports calendar, as well as tackles issues like homophobia in sports and unity among local teams.

It’s great seeing athletes’ names on Out magazine’s Out 100 list again this year, but the most exciting to me, albeit a couple years late, is the inclusion of a pair of soccer players, Abby Wambach and Robbie Rogers. Both came out publicly in 2013. One would think they would have been recognized in 2013 or 2014 but better late …

Thom Duffy wrestled with the guys, wrestled with his available time and wrestled with his decision until ultimately deciding to return to Spartans Wrestling earlier this year. The once-former, now-current member is eager once again to increase the team’s visibility and membership over the winter months and next year.

Sometimes it’s a struggle to stay on top of everything-sports that goes on in this town and at other times there’s just nothing to tell everyone, except that the same groups are playing at the same places at the usual times. It’s weeks like this that I start to ponder the value of a sports column aside from someone, some team or some awardee getting his or her picture in the paper.

City of Brotherly Love Softball League has announced that a new award honoring the memory of Donna Mae Stemmer will be presented at its annual banquet, starting this fall on Oct. 28. The award will be called The Donna Mae Stemmer Spirit Award presented by Miller Lite and will be awarded to one team in each division that exemplifies the spirit of CBLSL. The awards will be determined by the commissioner.

It’s time for the annual Gay Community Night down at Citizens Bank Park and tickets are still (believably) available. Might be because the Phillies usually lose on Gay Night (their record is 2-10), with their second win being just last year. Or maybe it’s because there’s so much going on in the summer that people haven’t had a free minute to buy their tickets for the 7:04 p.m. July 30 game against the Colorado Rockies.

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