In case you didn’t realize, each Tuesday I’m featuring a different LGBTQ club or organization to encourage people to come together and interact. This week I wanted to feature a relative newcomer to the area, Stonewall Sports, which opened a Boston chapter last year and now runs Billiards and Dodgeball leagues that happen to be accepting registrations for their spring season.
Click Here For More Info & To Register
Registration for Billiards closes Monday, January 22nd
Registration for Dodgeball closes Tuesday, January 30th
Billiards teams meet each Monday at Scholars in Downtown Crossing from 7:30pm-10:30pm from February 12 – April 2, 2018.
Dodgeball games are on Saturday afternoons in the South End from 2:00pm-5:00pm, from March 3 – April 28, 2018.Many use the New Year as an opportunity to make resolutions. A common resolution is to be more active and meet people, but that can be difficult for gay men in Boston. Starting in 2018, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via FB messenger.
Hopefully the caption below inspires you to share a caption or two of your own. Bonus points to anyone who can make me laugh with their caption.
Hugs not drugs
Are you and your friends planning a Yankee Swap or Secret Santa? Do you have a friend who is tough to buy for and you can’t spend a lot of money? Why don’t you consider the Warwick Rowers 2018 calendar?
At just under £10 you really only have to worry about ordering it in time to get here before your holiday party or gift swap.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the male rowers at the University of Warwick Boat Club, these men have been creating & selling calendars since 2009. Proceeds raised from the sale of their calendars, videos etc go to
- Promote positive, inclusive and respectful attitudes towards people of all genders and sexualities through the content that they create
- Fund university rowing and particularly to make rowing more accessible to a wider number of students
- Ongoing development of Sport Allies, a registered charity with a mission to promote sport, and particularly team sport, as an inclusive and supportive route to personal growth for everyone
If none of that really matters, it doesn’t hurt that each year the young men are so damn good looking in that ‘guy-next-door’ sort of way. For their more revealing photos you’ll have to check them out online or better yet peruse their many products for sale, here.
I wanted to highlight an article about body image and feeling comfortable in your own skin after reading an article earlier this month on the OUT Sports blog which featured former Red Sox outfielder and the next manager of the professional baseball team, Philadelphia Phillies.
Gabe “The Babe” Kapler (as I often referred to him) was featured in the blog’s post, Why new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was important to gay male sports fans. While I don’t know if I agree with all their points, I do agree that Gabe has an amazing body and has always been happy to pose shirtless. In an age where athletes continue to train to build endurance and avoid injury, Kapler was the rare professional baseball player with a great physique who liked to show it off. While he is happily married with two teenage children, if my memory serves me correct he was a great advocate for his wife when she spoke out about domestic violence (something she had to contend with in a previous relationship) in addition to being socially accepting of LGBTQ issues.
I’m pleased to let you know yet another LGBTQ club / sports team has formed here in Boston. Stonewall Sports – Boston is a chapter of Stonewall Sports that created earlier this year in 2017. According to their website, “the group is partnering with local businesses and establishments to bring enrich the local LGBTQ community by providing social outlets through sports and activities.”
Stonewall Sports – Boston: Billiards Facebook Page
Bobby Fisher and Matt Busse who many of you may already know are the two local gay men working to make this newest league a success so if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to them. Alternatively, you can visit their website here: stonewallboston.leagueapps.com.
Stonewall Sports – Boston recently started a new billiards league. While registrations may have already closed at the time of this post, it is worth reaching out to the organizers.
For any of you planning to spend next weekend in Provincetown, I wanted to encourage you to stop by the Harbor Lounge on Saturday, October 28th from 12-3PM for the rugby football club’s annual “spookybear fundraiser”.
There is no cost to attend this very social event and it always attracts a fun and friendly crowd. Swing by and grab a drink. You’ll be happy you stopped by.
Boston Ironsides Spookybear fundraiser at Harbor Lounge
Head of the Charles regatta is Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22
Every city has their own traditions and events that are distinctly their own. I like to write about these events here in Boston because it is easy to take them for granted or overlook how they contribute to and enrich the city. One such unique tradition which I associate with the autumn is the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The annual event typically occurs while foliage is nearing its peak each year in Boston and it can make for a beautiful backdrop for the 11,000+ athletes who are expected come to compete in the world’s largest regatta this weekend.
The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into the world’s largest rowing competition that spans two days, drawing more than 400,000 spectators who line the banks of the Charles River on both the Cambridge and Boston sides. Be sure to check it out. I prefer to watch from the Cambridge side between the Harvard footbridge and the JFK bridge but there really isn’t a bad place to watch
For more information about this world class event visit hocr.org or check out this really interesting infographic Boston Magazine published last year (2016) about this historic and truly world class event.