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.


About 700 players, 42 teams and 120 games played over three days made Gay Bowl XIV here in Philadelphia the largest and gayest Gay Bowl to date. OutFest weekend got a helluva lot bigger with the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League hosting this bowl over the past weekend, and it surely helped boost the local street festival attendance and bar crawling. Next year’s host group from San Diego is already boasting that it will be even bigger.

Not an uncommon pairing, but this time it isn’t about what you might think. Out former NFL player Wade Davis will be the featured speaker at the annual FIGHT gala Dec. 5 at the Union League. Davis came out in 2012, talking about what it was like to be gay and closeted.

The Philadelphia Gryphons RFC have returned from Sydney, Australia, with a brand-new piece of hardware for the trophy case. In its inaugural year at the biannual Bingham Cup, the Hoagland Cup was brought back to the states from down under by a group of very happy, very tired ruggers.

The biggest little sports story right now is a small group of big players from Philadelphia who are competing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport. This is the first team from the city that made it to the WS — not bad, considering the program only started in 2012.

The first rugby match featuring a gay team versus a professional team, on July 6, came out as we had hoped and cheered for, with the Sydney Convicts beating the Macquarie University Warriors 30-12.

There are still a couple of weeks left in the FIFA World Cup, and I admit I am enjoying watching it even though I’m not that savvy about soccer.

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