Category Archives: gay club or team

Boston Sisters’ Community Grants

Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have extended their deadline for organizations to submit requests for their Spring Grant Ceremony which will take place later this year at a date and time to be determined due to the fucking ongoing pandemic.

The grants range from $250 – $1,000 and are designed to help smaller not-for-profits that are often overlooked. To date, Boston’s convent has distributed more than $25,000. Interested? Grab your grant form here at bottom of page.

Criteria For Consideration

To be considered for a grant, the not-for-profit’s mission and planned use of grant funds must be used to improve / benefit the Boston community and build cooperative, cordial and supportive relationships in our community in one or more ways as described below:

• Alleviating economic and/or social disadvantage to members of the community
• Providing for the health & welfare of the LGBT community
• Promoting awareness of personal health and healthy living
• Prevention & education of health issues impacting LGBT community
• Providing resources, support or care to those with disease / disability
• Supporting / advancing human rights equality and dignity for all
• Providing for the free expression of human sexuality, conditions, aspirations, and spirit through visual and/or performance arts
• Must be incorporated as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation
• Grant funds must be submitted correctly, in its entirety

For questions, clarification or to submit your form for consideration e-mail grants@thebostonsisters.org or send your grant request via snail mail to:

The Boston Sisters
Attn: Mistress of Grants
20 Daniels St Unit# 120
Malden, MA 02148

Here is the link to the web page with the grant form (scroll to the bottom of the page to download and fill out). The deadline has been extended to Monday, January 31, 2022 by 11:59pm.

2022 North American gay ski week calendar

After last year’s hiatus, I wanted to resume my tradition of sharing a calendar of ski weeks organized here in New England and North America. However, it goes without saying that you should continue to check ahead because of COVID.

Here is the 2022 calendar of gay ski celebrations as the circuit moves from beaches to slopes. I also want to give OutRyders – New England’s largest gay ski club a shout out to those in the area. If I’ve missed a ski week, please share in the comments.

Aspen Gay Ski Week: January 16-23, 2022  This week long celebration is the biggest and oldest of its kind starting back in 1977 and has grown significantly over the years.

Winter Rendezvous at Stowe, VT: January 19-23, 2022 This is New England’s largest (and longest running) gay ski week. Boston’s  gay ski club, OutRyders (mentioned above) will help members organize and logistics.

Whistler Pride & Ski Festival: January 23 – 30, 2022  This annual tradition started 30 years ago in 1992, and it offers plenty of activities. If you’re coming from the US enjoy the favorable exchange rate.

Pride “WOW” weekend at Sunday River, ME: February 4 6, 2022 Hosted by OutRyders this weekend is light on programming and heavy on getting outside to enjoy the snow. This is mostly attended by the New England LGBTQ community.

Elevation Utah Gay Ski Week at Park City: February 23 – 27, 2022 While Utah isn’t exactly “gay friendly”, this will be the 12th anniversary and each year the event grows in popularity.

Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week: March 16 – 20 2022 The Elevation Ski Week brand started 20 years ago at Mammoth Mountain and attracts mostly a west coast crowd.

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Elevation Tremblant Gay Ski Week takes place in late January in Quebec, but it will not occur this year. The website indicates this fun gay ski week will return in 2023.

Big Gay Jay Weekend at Jay’s Peak, VT no word on if this annual ski weekend run by The OutRyders at Jay’s Peak in southern Vermont will occur but it typically takes place in March.

Stonewall Boston Billiards registration open until December 24th

For all of you who may be contemplating New Year’s resolutions that push you to meet more people in 2022, Stonewall Sports Boston’s announcement that they are bringing back their billiards league in January might be the perfect way to do just that.

Team up with friends or register on your own as a “free agent”. Members of the league are there to have fun, meet people and make friends. All skill levels are welcome. Games will be played on Monday nights at Scholars in Downtown Crossing.

Billiards registration closes on December 24th! To register or for more details about the league which starts January 24th is available on Stonewall Boston’s website.

Stonewall Boston Billiards League

Boston Pride Hockey Winter/Spring season

Photo from Boston Pride Hockey Instagram

The BPH Inclusive Hockey League (IHL) was formed this past fall and it has been a tremendous success thus far. The first season of this new league will begin next month on January 2, 2022. For those who would like to learn more or to sign up, be sure to check the link below and share with friends who may also be interested. Sign up deadline is Sunday, Dec. 19th.

IHL 2022 Winter/Spring Season
January 2nd – April 3rd
$150 or monthly payment plan
(sign up deadline is December 19th)



The Frozen Unicorn

Boston Pride Hockey (BPH) has announced they would host their first pond hockey tournament in January. The outdoor tournament will be held January 28-30, 2022 on Chalk Pond in Newbury, NH. Registration is now open.

Team draft and kick off party will take place on Friday, January 28th and the games will begin Saturday, January 29th in the morning concluding in the afternoon on Sunday, January 30th. BPH is limiting registration to current BPH members only. If you would like to join BPH, check out one of our Thursday night scrimmages here.

Mr. Boston Bear / Cub applications due Oct 4

Mr. Boston Bear / Cub competition: October 15 – 17, 2021

This year both the winner and runner-up for the titles of Mr. Boston Bear and Mr. Boston Cub will earn cash prizes ($500 and $250 respectively). The competition weekend is a friendly, fun annual event that begins on Friday, October 15th with a meet and greet at the Alley. The competition is held the following evening and victory celebrations on Sunday include brunch and the Bear Tea Dance at Club Cafe to close out the weekend of celebrations.

If you’d like to learn more about the competition and contestant requirements, visit the online application site. You can also learn more about the Mass Bears & Cubs – one of Boston’s friendliest group of guys you’ll meet by visiting, facebook.com/MassBearsAndCubs.

Dudes-N-Drag is Thursday, Sept 23

Tomorrow, FLAG Flag Football hosts their FUNdraiser, Dudes-n-Drag. This year’s theme is Kings & Queens of the Desert and the event will take place in Boston’s Theater District at Venu starting at 7PM. Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased online. For more information about this year’s event or to purchase tickets, click the button below.

Sunday tea dances in Boston: Jocks-n-Bears

No plans for the day? Stop by dbar or Club Cafe for their tea dances today.

dbar’s tea dance is co-presented by FLAG Flag Football and begins at 4PM. Feel free to wear your favorite sports jersey and join DJ Joe Bermudez who will be playing music all afternoon. DUDES N DRAG Drag Show tickets will be available for purchase. 

Easily the most friendly and body-positive group of men in Boston are the Bear Community. This week’s Bear Tea Dance at Club Cafe will have great music by DJ Brian Derrick starting at 5PM and the event will host a raffle to help fund raise for the Boston AIDS Walk & Run that will take place Sunday, September 26th.

Pride Sports Boston grass volleyball season begins next week and will run through October 20th with playoffs the week of October 27th with teams playing one game each week.

Tomorrow, Pride Sports Boston will be holding open play for anyone interested. Details are included below and there is more information on the Facebook event page.

Grass Volleyball Open Play
(All Welcome – No Cost)

Wednesday, Sept. 15th || 7:30 – 10:00 PM
Doherty Playground at 1545 Dorchester Ave.

Ptown Classic XXIV returns

Boston Strikers return to Ptown October 8 – 11, 2021

Boston’s gay soccer league, The Boston Strikers, will return to host the Ptown Classic October 8 – 11, 2021. However, the friendly tournament is only part of the fun with plenty of activities taking place off the field including: opening parties, Wigs & Heels Tea Dance, Soccer Ball Dance Party as well as a dinner and awards ceremony.

Early bird registration ($90) will close on Wednesday, September 8th and after that registration will cost $110. Guest Passes are available and cost $60; they include access to all the parties and a seat at the Soccer Banquet and PTown Classic paraphernalia. Players, 18 and older of all skill levels, genders and sexual orientations are welcome and encouraged to register.

If you cannot join the Ptown Classic this year but would like to learn more about the Boston Strikers you can visit them online at bostonstrikers.com. Free Ball this Fall returns with Sunday practices that include fun games and scrimmaging. All skill levels are welcome and you are encouraged to bring a friend or two. The sessions are fun and free of charge each Sunday from 3PM – 5PM Sept. 12 – Oct. 31 at the Carter Playground (Northeastern Campus) 709 Columbus Ave.

Making friends: Boston LGBTQ social groups

With the influx  of so many new residents at the start of each academic year, I like to update and share this post each September. If you are new to the area or looking to meet more people outside of a bar setting the groups listed below might be a good first step.  Note that some groups may currently be inactive due to the constraints resulting from COVID-19.

If you don’t see relevant or up-to-date information in the links shared below, contact me directly, and I can help find you the name and email of a contact for that group to learn more. 

BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs and policies for gay youth (volunteers are always welcome).

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses.  Auditions will be held January 19 and 23, 2022.

Boston Gay Men’s Books Club is monthly book club on MeetUp that focuses on literature by and about gay men. This month’s book is The Street Kids by Pier Paolo Pasolini and they will next meet on Sunday, September 19 at 5PM at the Public Garden.

Boston Gaymers is a thriving gaymer community, that holds various in-person and virtual events each month to bring together members and to have fun.

Boston Lesbigay Urban Foundation aims to create safe spaces for events to help build lasting relationships by breaking the cycle of disfunction in marginalized communities and helping to make medical and mental health awareness a priority to help lift up the black / brown / latino LGBTQ+ inner city community. 

Boston Prime Timers is a social organization of mature gay and bisexual men and their friends who join together for educational, support, and social activities.

Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an areligious Order of Queer, Clown Nuns who pledge ourselves to promulgate Universal Joy and to eliminate Stigmatic Guilt. They are active in the community, engaging in volunteering, activism, entertaining and educating people.

Boston Sober Gay Sundays is a private FB group that organizes fun social events for people who identify as sober in the LGBTQIA+ community. Learn more about the group, its members, and the activities they organize by requesting to join the group.

Dignity Boston is a progressive, inclusive community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their allies.

Fenway Health has been serving the local LGBT community for more than 40 years; the Fenway and AAC are always looking for volunteers.

Gay Beer Club is a Boston based organization that produces events and gatherings for members of the gay community. This group was very active pre-pandemic but their website is no longer active and their future is unclear at the moment.

Gay For Good mobilizes the LGBT community to interact with the greater community by volunteering their time with different monthly activities.

Gays Against Guns this group of civic-minded individuals meet and plan social programs aimed at raising awareness about gun violence and advocating for sensible regulations.

Gays for Patsy is a country western dancing club that holds events each month. Beginners are encouraged to join. According to their website they will begin dancing again, starting September 18th but bookmark their webpage to get the latest updates.

History Project is a volunteer-driven organization established in 1980 that focuses on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community to make it accessible to future generations. Next week they will be partnering with LGBT Elders of Color to host Stories of Our Inheritance, in Nubian Square.

Keshet works to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families. The group also create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and work to advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.

LGBT Elders of Color is a local group that conducts outreach to isolated LGBT older adults of color. They help build community through social engagement events, creative programs, and provide necessary resources for health care and aging services.

Mass Asian & Pacific Islanders (MAP) is a group that provide health counseling & support, referral & screening services, as well as general health promotion and advocacy for APIs in the Boston metro area and beyond. MAP is always looking for those interested in getting more involved. You can learn more about how to do that here.

Mass Bears & Cubs is a non-profit corporation, organized to provide and promote an inclusive LGBT+ community through charitable fund raising and other community events.

Men of Melanin Magic is an active social group in the Boston metropolitan area for those who identify as queer men of color. They host an annual Men of Color Weekend in Provincetown each summer and currently co-host Bussdown Fridays with Gay Mafia Boston at Legacy each Friday night.

Mountain Tops if you like to get out and hike, check out this gay hiking group in Boston that organizes trips and hikes regularly.

Naked Yoga for Men Naked Yoga For Men has been meeting since January 2000. For most of its history it has met twice per week. Our purpose is to improve our health and also to make friends.

Non-Scene Gay Friends of Greater Boston is a place for the LGBTQ+ community to hang out, make friends, explore Boston, and have fun doing a wide variety of activities typically separate from the gay bar “scene.”

Opus Affair is probably best known for their monthly cocktail party hosted at local restaurants and bars that are also used to help raise money for local arts organizations.

OUTbreath offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community.

Queer Boston Board Gamers is a friendly LGBTQ meet up group that connects regularly to play board games. The group has been on hiatus during the pandemic but their remains posts on their Facebook page that indicates they may be getting ready to come back again.

Yankee Cruising Club was founded over 25 years ago to bring LGBT boaters together to meet, make friends and most importantly get out on the water. You don’t need to have a boat to join – just a passion for boating.

Apologies if I have overlooked any gay organizations in the area. Add information in the comments section or reach out to me, and I’ll be happy to add your group to this list.

Boston gay sports clubs / teams

At the start of each academic year, tens of thousands of people move to Boston for the first time.  Whether you are new to Boston or just looking for an excuse to be more active and make friends, joining one of the many LGBT sports teams and clubs can help you do both.

Some of the larger leagues have two divisions; one competitive and the other more social. While not all clubs / teams are open to everyone and all skill levels nearly all are open to anyone and often will help you learn the fundamentals. Keep in mind that some of these teams / leagues are seasonal.

If you don’t see relevant or up-to-date information on the league’s / team’s Facebook page, feel free to contact me directly and I can provide you the name and email of the contact for that group for you to learn more. Alternatively, another great resource is the Facebook group, B.A.G.S. (Boston Alliance of Gay Sports) – check’em out.

Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay clubs or sports leagues.  Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog

Pride Sports volleyball registration is open

Pride Sports Boston has just opened registration for their fall volleyball season. Early bird registration runs through Tuesday, August 31st and costs only $45. After early bird registration closes, you can still register up through Thursday, September 16th for $55.

Pride Sports Boston will host an “Open Play” on September 15th and the season will start the following week, continuing on through October 27th. Games will be played Wednesday evenings at the Doherty Playground in Dorchester – near the Fields Corner T station.

Boston Gay Basketball League fall registration opens August 16th

The Boston Gay Basketball League (BGBL) fall registration opens on Monday, August 16th at 7:00 PM. The eight week season starts the week of September 6th and concludes October 28th for both divisions. Games will be played at the Marshall Community Center in Dorchester.

All are welcome to register and join, but teams will fill quickly so be sure to visit www.bgbl.com to register on Monday, August 16th at 7:00 PM. Availability is based on a first come basis for both divisions. If you have more questions you can email BGBLBOSTON@GMAIL.COM.

Mass Bears and Cubs: Boston Harbor Cruise

Tickets for the Mass Bears and Cubs annual Boston harbor cruise on Sunday, September 12th are now on sale.

DJ Stevie Psyclone will be playing your favorite music on the Provincetown II. The three hour cruise includes he cruise includes a pants optional dance party with a free pants check for those who choose to dance in their underwear on the lower deck. Tickets this year are $45 if purchased ahead of time online, and $50 on-site at the Boston World Trade Center dock (if available).

Make plans with your friends, purchase your tickets and plan to have a great night. If you’re new to Boston or looking to make some new friends, the Mass Bears & Cubs club is a very friendly, body-positive, social organization that plans many fun, social gatherings. You can learn more about this great group of guys by visiting their Facebook Page or their website, massbearsandcubs.com.

Bears and Cubs Harbor Cruise
Sunday September 12th, 6PM – 9PM (boarding starts at 5:30PM)
Bay State Cruise Company at 200 Seaport Boulevard