Tag Archives: Gay

Southern Maine Tea@Sea this Saturday

Come OUT travelTea@Sea is back again and this year it is bigger and better with a much larger boat to dance the night away in Portland, ME.  Once aboard you can enjoy a wide variety of Hors D’Oeuvres or grab a drink and enjoy music by the hottest DJ’s around.

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Random mancandy post

hairy chest, hunk, mancandyRealized my blog had been frightfully low on mancandy posts and wanted to offer you this visual simulation.  Good news about my mancandy posts is that they have zero calories.  This particular post is courtesy of San Francisco bloggah, DanNation.

Gay Games IX in Cleveland

Gay Games flag footballThis is a guest blog post from Marc D. a competitor in the Gay Games IX hosted in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this summer.

Gay Games IX was held in Cleveland and Akron, OH August 9-16.  The city was selected in 2009 by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG), winning out over Boston and Washington, DC. I was part of the group from Boston that worked to create our bid and when Cleveland was selected many of us were extremely disappointed, since there were numerous examples of their bid process not following the established guidelines.  However, I don’t want to go into that – it’s water under the bridge at this point – but I did want to share my experiences as a competitor at Gay Games IX.

I was fortunate to be part of the gold-medal winning flag football team – the MassMutual Blue – but that competition was an example of why I would believe Cleveland was a poor choice as a host city.  The term ‘destination city’ was heard a lot but the problem is Cleveland is not a destination city.  As a result, fewer people attended these games; flag football and softball only had 3 teams each in the A/B division; 4 in C; 10 in D; and 2 in the women’s division, etc.  By contrast, Boston hosted a softball tournament over the 4th of July weekend that included nearly 40 teams in 2 divisions – twice as many as participated in Cleveland.

I don’t have official numbers but heard that approximately 6,000 participants were on hand; compared to approximately 10,000 from the two prior Gay Games I attended (2002 in Sydney and 2006 in Chicago).  Regardless of the actual number, I had expected to see people everywhere we went – this is supposed to be the largest LGBT sporting event in the world – yet downtown Cleveland, where I stayed, was very quiet.  So while winning a gold medal was very rewarding, especially since the team we beat hadn’t lost any of its 4 prior games, the fact remains that it was a very small flag football tournament.  The same can be said for many of the other sports; it was a poorly attended Games and that’s disappointing.  I wanted to feel that we were making an impact and that just did not happen.

Fortunately it looks like the Federation of Gay Games has learned their lesson and have picked Paris has the host city for Gay Games 10 in 2018.  I’m already making my plans already and hope to see you there.

Gay Games IX

About the author:  Marc D. is a non-profit development professional who lives in Boston and has a passion for sports. 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend

happy labor day wkd.This marks the final weekend of the 2014 summer season in the United States and while millions of Americans flock to the coast for one last long weekend, Sergio and I will be here in Boston.  However you are spending the weekend – and wherever you might be – make the most of it.

Thomas Knight’s RED HOT 2015 calendar

Ginger Men, handsome, hunkGinger fans hold on to your hats and check out the RED HOT 2015 anti-bullying calendar video now on YouTube.  The RED HOT website also sells a revealing coffee table book among other items here.

 

Ms Coco Peru in Ogunquit this weekend

Drag performersI love Ms. Coco Peru.  She is witty, crass and a guaranteed hoot. No plans? Check out her show. She is performing all weekend at Maine Street in Ogunquit, Maine this weekend.

The ESPN / Michael Sam shower controversy

gay football playerI’m not much of a football fan so I’m a few days behind on the ESPN Michael Sam controversy.  If you are wondering what I’m talking about, I’m referring to ESPN journalist, Josina Anderson, who reported responses on Sports Center, after she inquired how Michael Sam’s teammates are reacting to having a gay player in their locker room and even more disconcerting – the shower!

This so called ‘controversy’ is reminiscent the dumb comments made by those who were opposed to letting female journalists in team locker rooms after games. Everyone quickly figured out this wasn’t a big deal, and I’m hopeful we’ve now come to the same conclusion about gay athletes in the locker room.

Chris LongHaving athletes like Michael Sam come out at the start of their career rather than after they’ve retired is a significant milestone for the LGBT community. Without a doubt there will be future controversies regarding gay athletes but one expects inane comments from athletes, coaches, owners, etc… who may be uncomfortable with the idea of having a gay teammate – not ESPN or the media.

Blogger, Viv Bernstein, writes a bit more about this controversy and the recent history of the media’s obsession with gay men showering in locker rooms in her post, Michael Sam, The Media and That Shower Question.