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.


Summer sports are frequently conditional. In most cases, if it rains, they stop. Alternately, if it rains too much prior to field sports, it can be a nice day but games can still be cancelled on account of mud. The only two exceptions that come to mind are rugby and swimming. For the latter it doesn’t really matter if it rains for clear-cut reasons and the former, well, they’re rugby players.

Eric Blevins is gay and wants to go to Russia.

It’s fortunate that his driving force isn’t for gay rights over there. As he puts it, he prefers not to make any statement about his sexuality because he doesn’t want to get shot. But he does want to go and compete in the 2015 FINA World Diving Championships in Kazan, Russia, this August.

I bike. A lot. When the weather cooperates, it is my singular mode of transportation. I arrive and depart events via bicycle, run errands, peddle to sporting events and travel hither and yon on my two-wheeler. No parking charges, no additional insurance, low maintenance.

We’ve barely crawled out from under another six-month winter followed by a colder-than-usual spring and here it is Memorial Day Weekend already. That means it’s full throttle for the sports train in Philadelphia, with enough tournaments to keep us busy almost every weekend. One of the best things about most tournaments is you don’t have to be prepared in advance to play and, in some cases, you don’t even need to be a current member of the hosting organization.

Several years ago, my curiosity was piqued by a treasure-hunting game that made use of increasingly prevalent GPS technology. I didn’t follow through to any great extent then, and let it slide out of my mind. Earlier this month, I rediscovered it as the game celebrated 15 years. It’s called geocaching (geocaching.com) and it’s a relatively simple concept with extraordinary and unlimited possibilities.

The Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club has been traveling everywhere from Washington, D.C., to Sydney, Australia, to play in tournaments for the last dozen years, and now it’s their turn to play host. The Colonial Cup is the newest International Gay Rugby (IGR) – East Coast region tournament.

 

The milder days of spring and some (occasional) sunny Sundays mean that softball season is upon us, as well as soccer, rugby, dodgeball and a host of other sports. But our Philadelphia softball group is by far and away the largest collection of LGBTs and allies taking a swing at athleticism. Or at least at recreation.

The astronomical first day of spring was just a week ago, which means sports will soon be starting up (or going back) outside, now that a non-polar season is here. We have a few big things coming in April with the usual suspects.

ABC just announced the lineup for season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars” and one of our favorite pro football players, Michael Sam, is on tap to samba and rhumba with dancer Peta Murgatroyd. Sam is in good company. The show has a history of twinkle-toe football players, including Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith.

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