All kinds of worlds collide when a bunch of gay guys get together to play flag football.
For Randy Snight, in his sixth year (12th season) and newly appointed director of community with the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, it’s a place to enjoy beauty and competition with folks from all walks of life. Although the vast majority of its about 280 players are gay men, there are women, straight men and a few trans folks in the league, founded in 1994.
“I like the physicality of the game, seeing the beautiful catches or dives,” says the 30-year-old, fifth-generation native Washingtonian. “Comes from the dancing and liking to see the human body pushed to the limits. … I’m no great athlete but I’m … snarky … and the (league) was the perfect place for me.”
The league has its Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 4 from 6-10 p.m. at the 18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) where members will watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Search for the league on Facebook for details or visit dcgffl.org for details.
Snight says generally league members who watch football on TV prefer college over NFL. He’s not particularly invested in any NFL franchise and says the only team he’s rooting for Sunday night is the league.
“I’m so into the league here because I have connections with the players,” Snight says. “The NFL is too far removed.”
Snight works as a dancer/aerialist and is active in the Maryland Renaissance Festival. He moved back to Washington six years ago after going to school in South Carolina. He’s single and lives in a row house in Logan Circle. He enjoys board games, fantasy/sci-fi literature, his gay book club and planning “gaytherings” with friends in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Junior year of high school. My coming-out process was a dream. Great support from loving parents and strong social group in school and theater. It’s super lame but the hardest person to tell was myself, the whole I’m-different-and-don’t-have-the-words-for-it-yet thing.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
I’m torn between David Sedaris and Ellen.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
I’ve never been disappointed at Town and Country. Always a fun atmosphere, people actually interacting in gay nightlife.
Describe your dream wedding.
Beach lover so probably doing the destination thing. Have known what I’m going to wear since undergrad and I need a light breeze or some industrial fans to get the photos right.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Children having access to high-quality performing arts programs. Every time you are involved in putting on a production, no matter your role, you become a better human. It opens up so many avenues for kids.
What historical outcome would you change?
The decline of reason, intellect, science and material wealth that brought us into the Dark Ages. I’m so curious where humanity would be if we’d used those 400 years differently.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Taking a bow onstage at the Kennedy Center. Once in a 40-pound bear suit and again after sharing the stage with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Oh, and I got to be a crossdressing flying valkyrie. Art opens doors kids.
On what do you insist?
If you make plans, keep them. I’m not deep cleaning my house so you can decide to do something else at the last minute.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
I announced that registration is now open for season 16 of the D.C. Gay Flag Football League.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Your First Mistake Was Inviting Me”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Ask everyone to give it a 30-day trial period.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I think magic exists but it’s small things like the yellow light lasting just a bit longer or your battery staying at one percent for 10 minutes, bartenders giving you a drink because they’re in a great mood that night.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Identify and promote all aspects of the LGBT spectrum. Working with kids, I know it’s the most wonderful thing to see parts of yourself celebrated and acknowledged. I need my out and proud NASCAR driver.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
Let’s be honest — I’d do it for attention.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That we label everything. Everyone’s an animal this and a hashtag that. And then the specific groups don’t get along.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Can we stop linking our private Instagram galleries on Grindr? That’d be great thanks.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
The Sportsmanship Award I won the first season I captained in the league.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Don’t use other people’s accomplishments as a measure of your own success.
There’s no place like home.