Tag Archives: Sports

Skiing has never been more gay

how to survive a Boston winterIn years past I’ve written posts for newcomers to Boston who may not be familiar with New England winters. One of my suggestions is to try and learn to embrace what winter offers.  Never has that been more fun with gay ski weekends and weeks here locally and out West to tempt you.

Below are a few such events you may want to consider. The price of tickets out West varies widely by destination and carrier but you can use a locally developed app called Hopper to alert you to last minute airfares and price reductions.

Shown Above: Logo’s Ultimate Après Ski Party

Gay Aspen Ski Week (January 15 – 22, 2017) is the longest running and perhaps largest event of the season. It kicks off this Sunday but most of the fun is reserved for the second half of the week.  Shown above is last year’s Ultimate Après Ski Party sponsored by Logo. For more information gayskiweek.com.

Stowe Vermont, Stowe Mountain, gay ski

Winter Rendezvous (January 18 – 22, 2017) is one of the largest gay ski events happening in New England.  The party at Stowe Mountain in Vermont is also only a 3 hour drive making it logistically a lot easier and more affordable option. For more information winterrendezvous.com.

gay Canada, gay ski

Whistler Pride Ski Festival (January 22 – 29, 2017) turns 25 this year and the winter pride festival is filled with fun events including a visit from one of my favorite drag queens, Pam Ann.  For more information gaywhistler.com.

Sunday River Mountain, gay ski

White Out Weekend – WOW (February 3 – 5, 2017) is an annual event hosted by The Welcoming Committee (TWC) and is the perfect opportunity for those who do not want include the hassle or expense of airfare or take off time from work. TWC will even take care of transportation for you up to Sunday River in Maine. For more information thewelcomingcommittee.com.

gay Utah, gay ski Utah

Elevation Utah 2017 (February 23 – 26, 2017) is celebrating its seventh annual party at Park City, Utah.  For more information utahgayskiweek.com.

Telluride, gay ski

Telluride Gay Ski Week (February 25 – March 4, 2017) is the last big gay ski week of the 2017 winter season in North America, bringing the gay ski season full circle back to beautiful Colorado. For more information telluridegayski.com.

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Boston’s OutRyders Gay Ski Club
If getting away for one of these trips is not going to work, but you’d like to ski, consider joining Boston’s Gay ski / snowboarding club, OutRyders. The group has monthly socials and plans numerous day trips and overnights to mountains here in New England and out west. For more information outryders.org.

MBTA service takes skiers to Wachusett Mountain

mbta-commuter-rail-wachusett-mountain-serviceWachusett Mountain in Massachusetts just got a lot easier to get to from Boston. Wachusett Mountain has announced commuter rail service from Boston’s North Station to the Wachusett Station on weekends through March 12, 2017. The commuter rail trains include designated “ski” cars for easy storage of your ski / snowboard equipment and at $10.50 each way this is an affordable and convenient option.

TO WACHUSETT

  • Departs North Station: 8:35 a.m.
  • Arrives at Wachusett Station: 10:11 a.m.
  • Shuttle directly to the mountain, approximately 10 minutes away.

DEPARTING WACHUSETT

  • Depart Wachusett: 5:15 p.m. back to the Wachusett Station
  • Depart Wachusett Station back to Boston: 6:10 p.m.

Lebron James wears a safety pin in SI photo shoot

safety pin, sportsperson of the yearLast week the Lebron James cover for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year” came out and while this normally wouldn’t warrant attention on my part, my brother pointed out that Lebron wore an over sized safety pin for the shoot.

ESPN took notice of the accessory and as well and wrote, “No, James isn’t suffering some sort of wardrobe malfunction. Since last month’s presidential election, the safety pin has become a symbol of solidarity with those Americans who fear they’ll be disenfranchised by a Donald Trump presidency. The pin is intended to show that the wearer is a safe person to turn to.”

Bravo and thank you Lebron James.

Related Blog Post: Why Sergio and I are wearing a safety pin.

Boston’s gay sports clubs / teams

boston-gay-sports-leagueThis past September I shared a post featuring a variety of LGBT sports teams and clubs you could join as a way to get out and meet people. Thanks to some helpful comments in that post and help from my friend Marc Davino, I’ve updated that post to include all 18 LGBT sports leagues / teams.

Some of these clubs / teams are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out to these groups and best of luck to you.

Beantown Bowling League

Beantown Softball League

Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League

Boston Flag Football

Boston Gay Basketball League

Boston Gay Rowers

Boston Pride Hockey

Boston Strikers Soccer

Boston Ironsides Rugby

Boston Wet Sox (Water Polo)

Cambridge Boston Volleyball Association

GURL – Gay Urban Running League

Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)

Monday Night Bowling League

OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club

QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub

Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club

Tennis 4 All

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.

NCAA moves games from North Carolina citing anti-LGBT law HB-2

HB2, North Carolina anti LGBT billFollowing in the footsteps of the NBA which announced this summer that they would move their 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, the NCAA will pull seven championship events from North Carolina. The NCAA said it will relocate the men’s basketball first- and second-round games that were scheduled for March 17 and 19 in Greensboro as well as the following games listed below.

  • Division I women’s soccer championship, Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary
  • Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships,Dec. 2 and 3 in Greensboro
  • Division I women’s golf regional championships, May 8-10 in Greenville
  • Division III men’s and women’s tennis championships, May 22-27 in Cary
  • Division I women’s lacrosse championship, May 26 and 28 in Cary
  • Division II baseball championship from May 27 to June 3 in Cary

In response to the NCAA’s decision, citing that state’s anti-LGBT  law – HB2, the North Carolina Republican Party issued this bizarre statement.

“This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms.

“This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathroom and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

It is unclear how to respond to such a bizarre reaction. I’m starting to wonder how much of a financial burden North Carolina politicians are willing to assume before recognizing that they are not only being made a pariah but they are doing harm to their state’s economy and reputation that will linger long after HB2 is repealed.

Boston’s gay sports clubs / teams

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Sadly The Warwick Rowers (shown above) are not a LGBT gay sports club.

Last year at this time I shared a post featuring a variety of LGBT sports teams and clubs you could join as a way to get out and meet people. I wanted to share the links again to encourage anyone looking to make more friends, meet people or simply get out of the house and be more active. 

Some of these clubs / teams are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out to these groups and best of luck to you.  If you are new to Boston, let me be among the first to welcome you.

Beantown Softball League

Boston Flag Football

Boston Gay Basketball League

Boston Pride Hockey

Boston Strikers Soccer

Boston Ironsides Rugby

Monday Night Bowling League

Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)

OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club

QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub

Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club

Tennis 4 All

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.

Red Bull Flugtag Boston is Saturday, Aug. 20

xtreme sportsRed Bull Flugtag makes its first appearance in Boston this weekend.

What is the Red Bull Flugtag? It is a creative challenge to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 28-foot high flight deck that will be erected along the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston’s Back Bay.  Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. All will be challenged to beat the current record of 258 feet.

For more details about the event visit the official website, redbullflugtag.com/usa-Boston