LGBT sports leagues invade Atlanta this spring

You now officially have no excuse to be bored this spring. You have been warned. Atlanta is packed with sports for every gender identity, sexual orientation, body type and skill level out there in the LGBT c...
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LGBT sports leagues challenge perceptions

Atlanta LGBT sports leagues

It’s hard to deny LGBT acceptance in sports is growing right alongside acceptance in society at large.

Professional basketball player Jason Collins recently came out as a gay man. Former professional soccer player Robbie Rogers came out in April. Straight allies in sports, like NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo, are paving the way for other gay athletes to come out, as well.

When basketball player Britney Griner came out earlier this month following her selection as number one overall in the WNBA draft, it was welcome, albeit not earth-shattering, news.

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Softball leagues kick off fall registration

Softball

Three gay-inclusive Atlanta-area softball leagues will soon kick off their fall seasons and all are currently pre-registering players.

The Decatur Women’s Sports League will play on two fields on Fridays this fall due to league expansion. Twelve teams will each compete at two different fields, Blackburn Park and Kelly Cofer Park, Friday evenings from Sept. 3 through Oct. 26.

Teams will be selected based on skill level and distance from the two playing fields.

Coaches from the DWSL will be on-hand at Savage Pizza (115 Laredo Drive, Avondale Estates, Ga. 30002) for registration Friday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. To register, visit  www.decaturwomensports.com