Posts tagged ‘Sport’

August 31, 2011

Film: QUEENS & COWBOYS: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo Has Made It’s Financial Production Goal!

by Accidental Bear

“An honest to God rodeo with just a little more panache.”

“QUEENS & COWBOYS: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo” will chronicle the 2011 season of the International Gay Rodeo Association through the lens of a straight, city-raised filmmaker. Roping and riding in 15 rodeos across north America this year alone, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals in October. And along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book.

But it’s more than just cowboys and rodeos. The film will expose the world to the unsung LGBT community of both the old and new west.  Examining where our country currently stands on the issue of gay rights, this uniquely American subject will explore how far we’ve come, and what challenges we still have ahead.

Please remember that Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don’t reach our goal by August 31st at 9PM/pst, we don’t get any funds! So any help is appreciated – whether that’s $1, sending this Kickstarter link to one person or just pressing “Like” on Facebook. Regardless, thank you for taking the time to support this project!

UPDATE: Goal has been met. Yeee-haaw!

 For more information on the IGRA, visit www.igra.com

July 13, 2011

Straight Allies Ben Cohen & Michael Irvin Grace the Covers of Out Magazine

by Accidental Bear

 

  • OUT MAGAZINE AUGUST COVERS 560x (COURTESY) ADVOCATE.COMDallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin talks about what he learned by having a gay brother, and about being afraid “to even let anyone have the thought” that he might be gay too, in an interview with Out magazine.  READ MORE >
July 11, 2011

Feeding the Gays: Male Model Kiel Mannix for Dinner

by Accidental Bear
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April 17, 2011

Brazilian Volleyball Fans Show Outpouring of Support for Gay Player

by Accidental Bear

Brazilians are not just know for their skimpy man thongs, but starting to get a reputation for tolerance. In the sports arena machismo runs rampant. World, I am addressing you as a whole, lets look over Brazils shoulder and learn a thing or two about compassion.

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via www.afterelton.com

Last week we mentioned the story of a Brazilian volleyball player (volleyball is huge in Brazil) namedMichael who came out and was heaped with abuse by opposing fans when his team, Volei Futuro, played a match against Sada Cruzeiro. Much of the abuse included having fans yell “Bicha! Bicha!” which translates to “faggot.”

Afterward, Michael discussed being stunned by the chants and fearing it would happen again. Well, it turns out he need not have feared that as both his teammates and other fans are showing him tremendous support. First his teammates wore special pink jerseys during the warm up for a later match and then the team’s “libero” (pictured above with Michael) wore a special rainbow jersey during the match. The crowd also unfurled a huge banner reading “Vôlei Futuro Against Prejudice” and then waved pink “thundersticks” turning the entire stadium pink.

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April 3, 2011

Ride a Bike, Be Green and Risk Your Life

by Accidental Bear
Bike Column

Image via Wikipedia

All 12 reasons sound peachy on paper. Here in SF and most cities, getting on a bike you are taking a risk at getting mowed over by some idiot talking on her cell phone in  Lexus (yes, I am a little prejudice to rich folks and women drivers). I for one haven’t been on a bike in SF since my bike was stolen right out from under me while it was being watched by a Russian security guard at 24 Hr Fitness  at Market/ Church. Suspicious for sure.

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12 reasons to start using a bicycle for transportation

Economic instability and ever-increasing climate change are just two of the many reasons riding a bike is an excellent alternative to driving.

By Chris BaskindThu, Mar 18 2010 at 10:20 AM EST 107 Comments
Photo: Lighter Footstep
We’re continuing our look at smart ways to start saddling up and using bicycles for real transportation.
We’ve always taken the greenness of bike transport as a given. But if you’re just getting started — or perhaps trying to convince an employer that bicycle commuting is a good thing — we’ve rounded up a dozen reasons to leave that car in the driveway and start covering pavement on two wheels. Let’s ride!

CLICK FOR 12 Reasons Listed by Mother Nature Network

March 17, 2011

Man Down; Surfer Dies at Mavericks, Wicked Sad R.I.P. Sion

by Accidental Bear
Mavericks Surf Contest 2010.

Image via Wikipedia

Hawaiian man killed while surfing at Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY

Sion Milosky was always in search of the biggest waves to surf. The Hawaiian native found those waves on Wednesday at the Mavericks surf break north of Half Moon Bay, but the swells were just too overwhelming.

Milosky, 35, was killed at about 6 p.m., said a fellow surfer who witnessed the incident.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/17/BADN1IDO44.DTL#ixzz1GsOfTPvW


January 23, 2011

In Search of Gay Surfers

by Accidental Bear

HA! First let me say LOL. When I started  my research via the inter-web for gay surfers I was bombarded with Gay Surfer Porn ( Gays pretending to be surfers doing porn) Im on the lookout for actual real live SURFERS who happen to be amongst many other things GAY.

 

http://www.gaysurfers.net/

 

In Search of Gay Surfers

Writer Dennis Hensley explores why gay women who surf abound — they even have their own reality show — and yet finding blokes who are out, proud, and surf isn’t easy.

By Dennis Hensley

Though no openly gay male surfers compete on the professional tour, several out lesbians do, including former world champion Lynne Boyer. Gay gals who surf are also the focus of the Logo reality show Curl Girls. All of which makes one wonder, Is there such a thing as a “curl guy,” and if so, where is he? “I know they’re in the water,” says L.A.-based Curl Girls star Michelle Fleury. “I look for them, but I haven’t spotted or spoken with anyone admitting to being gay.”

Maybe they’re in San Francisco, a gay mecca where the surfing scene has exploded over the last decade. “If there was going to be a place where there would be openly gay surfers, this would be it,” says Matt Warshaw, the San Francisco–based author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing, “but you just don’t see it.” Warshaw is straight, but he’s been writing about demographic trends in surfing for years and the ongoing invisibility of gay men confounds him. “I’m baffled as to whether it’s a sport that has happily or unhappily closeted surfers,” he admits, “or if it’s so staunchly hetero that it’s like a force-field to keep gays out.”

If the latter is true, it’s for good reason. Despite its easygoing, enlightened vibe, surfing has a long history of homophobia. When a 1988 magazine article implied that Aussie surf star Cheyne Horan was gay, he lost endorsement deals and friends. A decade later, former top-5 pro Robbins Thompson left the sport in disgust after his sexuality became known and he started hearing taunts in the water and having the word “fag” painted on his car. In 1996, teen surfer Shane Dorian listed “dykes and fags” along with “diseases, the Devil, and flat spells” as things he’d like to rid the world of in Surfer magazine. And just last year, when a statue of a surfer went up in Cardiff near San Diego, surfers criticized it for not looking butch enough and dubbed it “Fairy Mary.” So what’s the deal?

“The gay guys I know who surf tend to try and keep their sexuality and their surfing separate,” says Leslie Smith, a part-time surf enthusiast who works for a nonprofit organization in Manhattan. “They’re not closeted, but they’re not going to necessarily wear freedom rings on the beach.” Smith adds that he has encountered homophobia on the beach, but like most surf-related altercations, it was all about turf. “I pulled up to this little cove in Hawaii a couple years ago,” he recalls, “and a couple of a guys came over like, ‘What are you doing here? Locals only.’ They started calling me gay and making effeminate gestures and it became clear that I was going to leave or I was going to get beaten.”

Via http://www.advocate.com/Society/Coming_Out/In_Search_of_Gay_Surfers/
January 23, 2011

Surfer seriously injured at Mavericks surfing spot

by Accidental Bear

COWABUNGA!

(YEAH, I SAID IT, WHAT OF IT?)

By: Bay City News 01/22/11 2:44 PM
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A surfer was seriously injured Sunday morning at the spot where the Jay at Maverick’s surf contest is held. (AP file photo)

A surfer was seriously injured at the Mavericks surfing spot in Half Moon Bay this morning, a Coastside Fire Protection District battalion chief said.

Firefighters responded shortly before 10 a.m. to a report of a man who was injured at the famous surfing spot, located about a half-mile from Pillar Point Harbor, Battalion Chief Ari Delay said.

The surfer, who is about 30 years old, apparently wiped out on a wave and was found face down in the water by someone who was nearby and took him to shore, Delay said.

The man was not breathing and was unresponsive, but Good Samaritans helped turn him on his side to drain water from his airway. Shortly afterward, emergency responders arrived and performed CPR to revive him, Delay said.

The man was taken by medical helicopter to Stanford where he was reportedly in serious condition this afternoon, Delay said.

Read more at the San Francisco Examinerhttp://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/01/surfer-seriously-injured-mavericks-surfing-spot#ixzz1BsgzCedU