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Spring Preview: Lots of balls to fly this Spring

Softball

Several gay Atlanta sports leagues will kick off their Spring seasons in the coming weeks, including three softball leagues, a flag football league and a soccer league.

The Decatur Women’s Softball League, an all-women’s league, returns to the diamond March 16 for its sixth annual Spring season. This season, the action will take place at a new field, the fields at Blackburn Park off of Ashford Dunwoody Road. The league previously played at Kelly Cofer Park but has moved locations for the season due to field repairs.

Games will be held at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. from March 16 through the end of May. The League will take Friday, April 6 off to mark Good Friday.

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GLAAD accuses CNN contributor of inciting violence against gay men

CNN's Roland MartinThe Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling for the firing of CNN contributor Roland Martin for a series of apparent anti-gay messages posted to the social networking site Twitter during last night's Super Bowl.

Martin, sounding off on the H&M ad featuring soccer star David Beckham, wrote:

If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl

Martin has already apologized, via Twitter, of course, for the remarks, but not before posting more than a dozen explanations and replies saying he was “ripping on soccer,” not insulting gay men.

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LGBT sports leagues offer multiple options for fitness, friendship

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Best Bets 1.06 – 1.19

Friday, Jan. 6 Kitty Le Claw’s Meow Mix gets catty at 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com Stripped is a burlesque-style review starring Destiny Broo...
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Gay softball, flag football, rugby and bowling warming up for new seasons

Hey, sports fans. Fall seasons in the Atlanta gay sports world are underway with softball, flag football, bowling, rugby teams and more. Here’s a handy score card for those who want to know what gay sports leagues have to offer this fall.

Atlanta Bucks Rugby (www.atlantabucksrugby.org)

The Bucks season began on Sept. 10; with the next match set for Saturday, Sept. 17, in an away match against Georgia Tech at the school’s pitch. The team plays three home matches on Oct. 8 against St. Louis, Nov. 12 against Georgia State University and on Nov. 19 against Macon Love.

Home games are played at Coan Middle School, 1550 Hosea Williams Drive N, Atlanta, GA 30317.

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Guest editorial: Basketball and bi-phobia

To some in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, Sheryl Swoopes is a “lie-sexual.”

Swoopes — the three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time MVP of the Women’s National Basketball Association — is just another sister-girl on the “down low” announcing the incredulous news that she’s now engaged to marry a man.

To incurable homophobes, especially of the fundamentalist Christian variety who pedal their rhetoric that homosexuality is curable with reparative theories, Swoopes is the prodigal daughter who has finally found her way away from homosexuality and home to Jesus.

To many of my heterosexual African -merican brothers, Chris Unclesho, the man Swoopes is engaged to marry, is the man! A bona fide “dyke whisperer” who has turned Swoopes out to the sexual joys of what it is to be with a man.

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[Video] Streaker in wedding dress gay marries Braves security

Atlanta Braves streaker

Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves were in the midst of a heated divisional game against the Washington Nationals when a man wearing a white wedding dress, a baseball glove and a Braves hat stormed the field. He was quickly, and violently, tackled by several security personnel and escorted off the field.

The man — who has not been identified publicly — was all smiles as he was escorted off the field by an Atlanta police officer.

Professional sporting leagues understandably discourage dissemination of such antics. Though it's not uncommon for ballpark attendees to run onto the field, television viewers rarely see them. The cameras generally pan away, instead focusing on crowd reactions and the players on the field rather than the intruders.

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San Francisco Giants players say ‘It Gets Better’ for LGBT youth

The San Francisco Giants record a video for the 'It Gets Better' project

Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have put together the first video from a professional sports team for the “It Gets Better” project. Released today, the video features the team's Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Sergio Romo and Andres Torres acknowledging the struggle many LGBT youth face because of their sexuality.

The video went up earlier this afternoon, but already has several hundred views and dozens of comments.

“It Gets Better” aims to offer hope to LGBT youth who often feel isolated and alone in coming to terms with their sexuality. Formed by radio personality and author Dan Savage, the project has compiled thousands of videos featuring celebrities, politicians and every day people who understand the personal struggle in the wake of a series of high-profile LGBT youth suicides.

The Giants' video will encourage Sam Maden, a 12-year-old Boston Red Sox fan who is asking people to sign a petition to encourage his team to also make an "It Gets Better" video for the campaign.

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NBA’s Joakim Noah fined for anti-gay outburst, apologizes

Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah

Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for his use of an anti-gay slur during a playoff game on May 22, according to the Associated Press.

Noah, who was responding to fan heckling, appeared to use the same slur that cost Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant $100,000 in fines less than a month ago.

Noah apologized immediately after the game:

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Homophobia still accepted in pro sports?

International rugby superstar Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen is a ruggedly handsome man who is not afraid to pose shirtless — thrilling many gay men around the world who may not know anything about rugby, but do admire a beautiful body.

Cohen, a U.K. rugby champion who is straight, married and has twin daughters, said he has no qualms with being a “gay icon.”

“That’s fine by me,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Northamptonshire, England.

But Cohen wants to use his notoriety in a way other professional athletes have not. His main cause off the pitch is helping LGBT youth, as well as eliminating homophobia from athletics.

“I’ve never seen a straight athlete do this before. I’m really passionate about this,” he said.