The tide is starting to turn as athletes and others in the sports world come out

Will Sheridan in his playing days

As you may have heard, there has been some extremely exciting news in the intersecting worlds of gay people and sports lately.

On Monday, Rick Welts, the chief executive and president of the Phoenix Suns, came out in a very public way (you can’t get much more public than the front page of the New York Times, can you?). In coming out, Welts aims to break the silence surrounding homosexuality in sports. The reaction to his news has been very encouraging. David Stern, the commissioner of the NBA, has been nothing but supportive. Before coming out to the world at large, Welts came out to Bill Russell, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and to Steve Nash, the Suns point guard and two-time NBA MVP, both of whom offered their full support and respect.

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Are you ready for some derby?!

Rose CIty Rollers

Portland has a good number of rec leagues, where anyone with interest and desire can join a team. We also have our pro teams, the Blazers and the Timbers (despite their complete lack of acknowledgment of the queer community, but, hey, that’s a topic for another post).

Finally, we are lucky to have a league that incorporates recreational play for complete beginners as well as awesome spectating opportunities — the Rose City Rollers. RCR has been kicking around Portland since 2004, and in that time they’ve created an infrastructure that should be the envy of any upstart league.

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Queer Sports in Portland

Portland gay volleyball

Here in Portland, we’re lucky to have queer teams, groups, and leagues in a variety of sports. If you’re looking for a specifically-inclusive athletic outlet, check out one (or more!) of these options.

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Kaia Wilson’s ‘Journey to the Gay Games’ part two

Kaia Wilson returns to your computer screen with part two of her comedy documentary showcasing her drive toward the Gay Games 2010 where the rock star attempts to take ping pong to the next level.

In this video, the Spin Slayer introduces you to the world of table tennis club play.

Kaia Wilson is sponsored by: Daemon Records & Brandi Carlile

Video & Graphics by: Kristina Davies ©2010


Kaia Wilson’s ‘Journey to the Gay Games 2010’ video

Kristina Davies’ Moist Productions is starting a series featuring Team Dresch and Butchies superstar Kaia Wilson following her training for the Gay Games 2010 in Cologne, Germany. Can the rock star make the transition to ping pong master? Stay tuned…

Beefcake photos of Lance Bass as a boxer

Hint of black eye and bicep make Lance Bass as boxer a perfect tease. Photos by VGL's Braden Summers.

Today brings you just another sexy celebrity photoshoot for no other reason than prurient interest and a tangentially gay theme. Today’s hero is former boy band member Lance Bass as a badass boxer looking way hotter than he ever did as a spritely twink. I mean look at […]