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.


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.

Cupid’s Undie Run returns Feb. 14 and XFINITY Live! is ground zero again this year. The doors open at noon and the party starts immediately, with the run scheduled for 2 p.m. The official closing is 4 p.m., but expect it to go on a while. If you raise $250 or more, you’re considered a VIP and you get open bar the entire four hours, so start passing the hat. There are lots of other perks and giveaways.

The Philadelphia 76ers host Pride Night Dec. 13 at Wells Fargo Center. Use the code PRIDE when ordering tickets and you can get upper-level seats for $15 or $40 for the lower level. Half of the 50-50 raffle monies collected that night will go to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. For more information, go to phillygaydays.com.

The Philadelphia Falcons soccer club won the second-annual Albany Blizzard Cup championship with a tournament run of 6-0. Congrats to you all!

The Philadelphia Gryphons RFC held their final 2014 team social Dec. 6 at Tavern on Camac. Rugby fans (and rugby player fans) are welcome to join them at their First Saturday party of 2015, 9-11 p.m. Jan. 3 at U Bar.

Having a holiday party or fundraiser for your team or league? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for coverage.

I spoke to Wade Davis a few weeks ago and, last column, I wrote about the work he has been doing with youth since retiring from football and coming out as gay. He works with LGBTQ youth who face challenges at home and at school and even on the streets, through sports programs and other initiatives.

Davis makes no bones about why he immerses himself in helping LGBTQ youth. Whether it’s about bullying, homophobia or sports inclusion, his passion stays strong.

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