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Larry’s Lounge wins the Summer of Freedom League championships. (Photo by Glenn Auve)

The competitive and club LGBT sports teams of Washington have had a successful summer season and are lined up for plenty of action in the coming fall months.

The Summer of Freedom Soccer League, hosted by the Federal Triangles Soccer Club, wrapped up in August with Larry’s Lounge winning the championship match. Also last month, the Triangles sent two teams to the 2015 IGLFA North American Championship II in Verona, Wis., and and won in the championship match.

On Sept. 19, the Triangles along with Team D.C., will host United Night OUT at RFK Stadium as D.C. United takes on Columbus Crew. Tickets are $25 and are available at teamdc.org.

Chesapeake and Potomac Softball sent four teams to the 2015 Gay Softball World Series in August and the D.C. Union took third place in the B Division. This month, the D.C. Party Animals are competing in the Gotham Softball Classic in New York and the D.C. Raptors are taking on the Midwest Invitational Softball Classic in Cleveland.

D.C. Pride Volleyball hosted the inaugural Rehoboth Beach Open Volleyball Tournament on the sands of Rehoboth Beach last month. Twenty teams from the Mid-Atlantic States competed in the event. This month they kicked off the second season of their competitive league.

Washington Wetskins water polo captured fifth place in the competitive division at the 2015 EuroGames in Stockholm last month. Also last month, its women’s team, the WCAPS, grabbed second place at the Midwest Open Water Polo Tournament in Chicago. On Oct. 10-11, they will host teams from the eastern seaboard at the 2015 Wetskins Columbus Classic at Takoma Aquatic Center.

Last month, the Capital Tennis Association won the 2015 Atlantic Cup in New York just nipping Boston in the final match. This month they kick off their fall league and on Sept. 12-14 they will host the Capital Classic XXIII at Rock Creek and East Potomac Park. The event will be broadcast live on the CCE Sports Network.

Washington Scandals RFC has just wrapped up its three summer rookie camps and will be begin the fall season with a home rugby match against the Charlotte Royals on Saturday, Sept.12.

D.C. Sentinels basketball will be sending two teams to Dallas in October to compete in the Dallas Showcase Classic 2015 tournament. Its Washington D.C. Gay Basketball League registration will also open in October and play will begin in January.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League is firing up its 11th season with 270 players on 20 teams. Play begins on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Carter Barron fields.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club had a successful trip to the 2015 Stockholm EuroGames in August winning 125 medals. On Oct. 10, they will host teams from the region at the 2015 Columbus Day Classic at the Wilson Aquatic Center.

Eighteen teams from the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club traveled to the U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships in Camden, N.J., last month and won a silver medal in the Men’s Open 8-plus. This fall they will continue to compete in the longer distance head races throughout the region.

Capital Area Rainbowlers Association began its fall season this month offering nine different leagues throughout the metro area.

Stonewall Kickball, Stonewall Darts and Stonewall Bocce all begin league action in September with Stonewall Dodgeball beginning its next season in January.

 

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Raiders player Carl Nassib comes out as gay, first active player in NFL history

Nassib also announced that he is donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project

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Carl Nassib. Courtesy of Instagram @carlnassib.

Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out today, making him the NFL’s only openly gay player.

“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video he posted on his Instagram account. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know I’m not doing this for attention, but I think representation matters.”

Nassib also announced that he is donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project.

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Vulgar anti-gay slur halts championship final soccer match

The league has written rules and guidelines that call for the referees on the field to halt game play if fans ignore warnings

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DENVER, CO. – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, (CONCACAF) league’s final match in the Mile-High City Sunday was halted after fans disrupted the game play by shouting a homophobic chant directed at players on the field.

ESPN reported the pause occurred during the final moments of the second half before the game went to extra time in the U.S. men’s national team’s 3-2 win. Referee John Pitti resumed the match after three minutes as players on both sides pleaded with the crowd to stop using the chant.

The league has written rules and guidelines that call for the referees on the field to halt game play if a warning to the spectators by the announcer over the stadium’s public address has already warned the crowd to cease and desist. Should the crowd not stop, then the referee has the authority to send the players to the locker rooms and can also call for the match to be abandoned.

ESPN also reported that this was the second tournament match to be halted due to anti-gay chants at Empower Field at Mile High. Mexico’s semifinal win over Costa Rica was also briefly paused. That match also saw several fans ejected from the stadium.

Outsports Webzine reported this past Spring that the disgraceful “puto” chant —a vulgar slur for male prostitute — is ubiquitous at Mexican soccer matches, and up until recently, Soccer’s governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA, has been ambivalent towards its eradication. The organization has punished Mexico at least 12 times for the chant since 2015, and yet, it hasn’t disappeared.

In March, FIFA opened an investigation into anti-gay chanting by Mexico supporters during an Olympic qualifier against the Dominican Republic ESPN noted.

WATCH: USA Beats Mexico FULL MATCH [CONCACAF Nations League Final] | from CBS Sports. Game play is halted at the 1 hour thirty seven minute mark on the YouTube video:

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Niners kick-off Pride with NFL’s 1st-ever gender-neutral gear

The team hopes to score another win for its diverse fanbase Thursday with a new retail line that isn’t limited by binary gender styles

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49ers Pride (Photo Credit: SF 49ers.com)

SANTA CLARA, CA. – The San Francisco 49ers have announced month-long plans for the organization’s annual celebration of June LGBTQ+ Pride month. Led by 49ers PRIDE, the official fan club of 49ers Faithful who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies, the 2021 celebration will be highlighted by the 2021 49ers PRIDE Collection.

Every fan can feel seen

49ers Pride (Photo Credit: SF 49ers.com)

The San Francisco 49ers call their new retail line of rainbow-logo’d tops, tees and jackets “genderless.” We think you’ll call them cool- two years after the San Francisco 49ers led the NFL with the first official community for LGBTQ fans and allies, back in May 2019, the team hopes to score another win for its diverse fanbase Thursday with a new retail line that isn’t limited by binary gender styles.

The new array of team-branded and Pride-themed clothing is the league’s first and only “genderless” collection, according to a news release from the Niners. The threads are by Fanatics and the team promises 100% of the proceeds from this collection will benefit the San Francisco LGBT Center, the Oakland LGBT Center and The LGBTQ Youth Space: San Jose.

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“Supporting the LGBTQ+ community in sports is a priority for the 49ers organization because sport has not always been inviting,” the 49ers’ Hannah Gordon told the Los Angeles Blade. Gordon is entering her tenth season with the 49ers and third as chief administrative officer and general counsel.

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“We created 49ers PRIDE to make space for all of our LGBTQ+ fans and allies and it quickly became an incredible community. This year, we designed the first genderless retail line by an NFL team because we don’t want there to be 49ers fan who wants gear but doesn’t feel seen. If you want to support the Niners, we have something for you.”

49ers Pride (Photo Credit: SF 49ers.com)

There will still be items available that fans who prefer a feminine cut can purchase at the team’s online store, but the 2021 Pride collection is specifically geared toward Niners fans who aren’t interested in reinforcing gender stereotypes when they support their team and fly their Pride colors.

49ers Pride (Photo Credit: SF 49ers.com)

“With this line, we have pieces that were designed so that however you identify, you can find a fit and any two people can express different styles with the same piece,” said Gordon. “I love seeing how our fans wear these pieces and express their style. Doing it your own way is faithful to the Bay.”

49ers Pride (Photo Credit: SF 49ers.com)

Click here to view the collection and find out more about 49ers Pride.

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