LGBT sports

NHL & Burke family say "You Can Play" and lead charge to end homophobia in sports

The National Hockey League has joined the growing effort by professional sports and players campaigning to end homophobia, introducing a new series of public service announcements to encourage gay athletes to participate in sports.

The new PSAs — “You Can Play” — feature eight NHL players, including Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Daniel Alfredsson from the Ottawa Senators, reported The New York Times on Sunday.

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LGBT Sports Profile: Russ Fox -- king of the slopes

The subject of this week's LGBT Sports profile is Russ Fox. Russ grew up in "the Valley" near Los Angeles, but has called San Diego his home for 25 years. He lives in the Old Town / Mission Hills area of town with his partner. .

Predominate sports involved in:

Sailing, bicycling, Skiing/Snowboarding

What sports-related organization(s) do you play with or volunteer for, and why?

Saga San Diego Ski Club (SAGASD) Trip leader for over 15 years

Position(s) played:

I love to ski but I prefer snowboarding.

Telluride Gay Ski Week to celebrate repeal of DADT

TELLURIDE, Co -- The producers of Telluride Gay Ski Week are offering a special package deal to active military service members this year.

To help celebrate the repeal of the discriminatory policy Don't Ask Don't Tell, they are offering free VIP party passes (called "T-passes") for the entire week and producing a special military-themed dance party.

Celebrity host of this special event, aptly named "Do Ask, Do Tell," will be Reichen Lehmkuhl, former U.S. Air Force (USAF) captain, star of A List: New York and winner of The Amazing Race.

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SDAFFL 2012: They're baaack

With a recent pub crawl, rookie camp, and football clinics, one would never believe that the official start of the flag football season is still weeks away. But even though it is weeks away, one thing is certain, they’re baaaaaaaack!

By far, 2011 marked the most successful season that the SDAFFL has ever had.

Not only did they experience incredible growth in number of players and receive a Nicky award for Outstanding Sports Organization, the SDAFFL also took the national championship at Gay Bowl XI in Houston, Texas, in October.

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LGBT Sports Profile: Mishele Stead -- outrigger extraordinaire

The subject of this week's LGBT Sports profile is Mishele Stead. Although a native of South Bend, Indiana, she has called San Diego home for 25 years. Stead said she was "flattered and humbled" when asked to share about a sport she is so passionate about. She currently lives in Normal Heights and is in "a wonderful relationship with a beautiful woman."

Predominate sports involved in (identify if any are LGBT related and those that aren’t):

I grew up playing soccer, then was a catcher for women's softball in the early 90's.

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Dirty Cleats: Analysis and predictions for Super Bowl Sunday

One thing is for certain: this will not be a boring game.

Four years ago, in Glendale, Arizona, the New York Giants shocked the New England Patriots -- and a nation of football fans -- as what many have claimed to be the greatest Super Bowl of all time.

An improbable catch and final touchdown by the Giants ended the Patriots' road to perfection that year.

This Sunday, they will be at it again.

To say that revenge will be on the minds of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady is an understatement.

Will they get it?

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Pat Griffin's LGBT Sport Blog: Power, Penn State and Joe Paterno

Editor's Note: This commentary is being republished here with the permission of Dr. Griffin. San Diego Gay & Lesbian News will republish & highlight Dr. Griffin's blog posts from her LGBT Sport Blog on a recurring basis, because her insight, experience and wealth of knowledge on the subject of LGBT Sports and Academia is legendary and needs to be shared.

This week Joe Paterno, the former Penn State iconic football coach, was laid to rest.

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UPDATED: AFCSL announces Spring season clinic changes

SAN DIEGO -- America's Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) have announced changes to the dates and times of their Spring 2012 season softball clinics.

Clinics are a requirement for any new players to the AFCSL or someone who has not played with the league since 2010.

All clinics are free and will be held at the North Park Recreation Center's Ted Williams Field, located on Idaho between Lincoln Ave and Polk Street, just two blocks south of El Cajon Blvd, behind the infamous green water tower.

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LGBT Sports Profile: Ivan Solis Jr. - famed founder

Our profile this week is of Ivan Solis Jr., founder and still very active member of the San Diego American Flag Football League (SDAFFL).

Solis was recently inducted into the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) Hall of Fame, one of only three inductees chosen nationwide. It was only the second induction ceremony for the NGFFL.

Originally from San Francisco, Solis has been a resident of San Diego for 17 years.

He is currently single and makes his home in North Park.

Predominate sports involved in:

Flag Football & Golf

First openly gay pro athlete issues a challenge to all sports

When we put together our list of the 100 most important moments in LGBT sports history, we knew we’d probably overlook something.

Maybe an Austrian hurdler came out in the Eighties, or some Slovakian soccer player had said something horribly homophobic and damaging. And we may have missed something like that.