Category Archives: gay club or team

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.

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.

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.

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 the 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

FLAG flag football Beach Bowl 2021

This weekend head up to Ogunquit, Maine for FLAG flag football’s annual Beach Bowl on Saturday, August 7th. Flag football pick-up games will once again be held on Ogunquit beach, starting at 1:00 PM.

Bring your best beach wear, and the league will supply the football and flags. If you’d like to come up to watch and cheer on your friends, you’re more than welcome as well. The beach is beautiful and the forecast in Ogunquit for Saturday is partly cloudy skies and a high of 78F degrees.

Following the games on the beach, everyone is invited to join for food, drinks, and fun. For more details about this year’s Beach Bowl email, info@flagflagfootball.com.

Stonewall Sports Boston: fall kickball

Photo of Bruce Kynoch is from Stonewall Sports Boston Instagram

Registration for Stonewall Sports Boston fall kickball season will close on Sunday, July 11th so hurry up and register before this weekend’s deadline.

For those not familiar with the league, the fall season has two divisions, “Just for Kicks”, and the more competitive, “Time to Slay”. Both divisions play games at Roberto Clemente Field in the Fens Park (Fenway / Kenmore). The season runs from August 8th to October 17th and registration is only $50 per person.

2021 Fall Kickball schedule

August 8 – Week 1
August 15 – Week 2
August 22 – Week 3
August 29 – Week 4
September 6 – NO GAMES, Labor Day Weekend
September 12 – Week 5
September 19 – NO GAMES, Stonewall Sports Nat’l Tournament
September 26 – Week 6
October 3 – Week 7
October 10 – NO GAMES – Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend
October 17 – End-of-Season Kickball PLAYOFFS

For more information about Stonewall Sports Boston visit their website and to register as a team or individual player visit the, Stonewall Sports Boston fall kickball registration page.

Mass Bears and Cubs coat drive: Share the warmth

gay bostonOne of my favorite LGBTQ social groups, Mass Bears and Cubs, is hosting their annual coat drive. You may have noticed that despite a healthy economy and low unemployment, there still are a number of people who are struggling. This is a fairly easy way you can help someone who may be down on their luck and in need of a winter coat to help them stay warm.

Both new and used coats can be donated by dropping off your coat(s) at either The Alley Bar in Downtown Crossing or Club Cafe in the South End. You have until next week so don’t delay. Your generosity won’t go unappreciated.

Mass Bears and Cubs Coat Drive ends Saturday, February 15th

Gay Dodgeball pick up game Nov. 29th

boston gay dodgeball league, gay bostonLooking to be more active or meet people outside of an app or bar? Perhaps you should join Boston’s Gay Dodgeball league on Thursday, November 29th for their $5 welcome to all pick up game. After the pick up game you can sign up for league play. More information about Thursday’s pick up game is available here.

THURSDAY NIGHT LEAGUE
Season Starts Dec 6th, 2018
@ Holland Community Center

Boston’s Gay Dodgeball League is comprised of 12 Teams and runs for 8 weeks. Each team has 13-20 players (13 players on the court at one time, but all play) with games lasting 50 minutes.  For more information visit their Facebook page.

GAY DODGEBALL FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Helping gay men meet and connect in Boston

Starting this January, each Tuesday I have featured a different gay group, team or club that regularly meets in the Boston area. I want to show people that there are ways to meet people if you are willing to put yourself out there. Unfortunately, Boston will never win any congeniality awards so I’m mindful of how hard it can be (especially for a newcomer to Boston) to meet people.

With the summer season officially starting this past Memorial Day Weekend, I’m temporarily pausing this weekly post. Below I have listed the groups, teams, clubs that I featured this spring. If one or more of these sound interesting, check them out and see if you can get involved.

America’s Finest Kickball League: Boston Chapter

Beantown Softball League

Boston Gay Dodgeball League

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus 

Boston Ironsides Gay Rugby Team

FLAG flag football

Frontrunners Boston

Gay for Good Boston

Gays for Patsy Boston Chapter

HBS LGBT Student Association

LANES Boston’s LGBTQ Swim Club

Mass Bears and Cubs

OUTryders – Gay Ski Club 

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Boston Covenant

Stonewall Billiards and Dodgeball Leagues

Toys for Joys

Yankee Cruising Club

The Welcoming Committee

In the fall I will once again feature LGBTQ groups and organizations that help people connect and enrich Boston’s gay life. If you’d like to have your club / team featured, please email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Boston Meetup: Gay Men Camping

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UPDATE: It appears this group has suddenly (and sadly) folded. 

Each Tuesday I feature a different LGBTQ club or organization to help connect gay men living in the Boston area. One such group you may not know about is Boston’s Gay Men’s Camping Meetup Group. With more temperate weather in our future, I thought the time was right to give a shout out to this group.

Boston’s Gay Men Camping is an outdoor adventure group for men only. A social network for all fit and active gay men of all ages. Including singles, couples and friends who appreciate nature, love hiking, enjoy backpacking and have a passion for exploring the outdoors. The group regularly schedules weekend camping trips throughout New England, and although I’ve never joined them, they come across as quite friendly and recommend you check them out.

gay boston, gay campingIf this sounds like a group you’d enjoy, I encourage you to reach out to them by joining their Meetup group online at GayMenCamping.com and to like their Facebook page, facebook.com/GayMenCamping.

I want to feature the LGBTQ groups and organizations that help people connect and enrich Boston’s gay life. If you’d like to have your club / team featured, please email me at bosguymail@gmail.com or via FB messenger.

Yankee Cruising Club

gay bostonDid you know that the Yankee Cruising Club was founded in 1983 with the intention to bring LGBTQ boaters together to meet, make friends and most importantly get out on the water?

Yankee Cruising Club’s next event is this Sunday, May 19th at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Newport, Rhode Island. If this sounds interesting, click here to visit their event page to learn more.

The social group plans events year round but now that the weather is finally warming up, look for more social programming designed to get out on the water. You can learn more about the group by checking them out online at meetup.com/Yankee-Cruising-Club or on Facebook at Yankee Cruising Club

I want to feature the LGBTQ groups and organizations that help people connect and enrich Boston’s gay life. If you’d like to have your club / team featured, please email me at bosguymail@gmail.com or via FB messenger.

Boston’s LGBTQ swim club: LANES

SwimmerEach Tuesday I feature a different LGBTQ club or organization to help connect gay men living in the Boston area. One such group you may not know about is Boston’s great swimming club, LANES – Liquid Assets New England Swimming.

LANES swims year round so you can join at anytime and with five practices scheduled each week (three during the week and two on the weekends) you are sure to find a time that will work for you. Everyone is welcome to join. LANES has everyone from former collegiate swimmers to those who are swimming to stay in shape – and of course the social aspect, which you can learn more about by visiting them online and joining them at one of their upcoming practices.Brian Moynihan, William Lawson, LANES, Liquid Assets New England Swimming, gay boston

For more information visit LANES online at swim-lanes.org or on Facebook at Liquid Assets New England Swimming.

I want to feature the LGBTQ groups and organizations that help people connect and enrich Boston’s gay life. If you’d like to have your club / team featured, please email me at bosguymail@gmail.com or via FB messenger.