We’ve got you covered with these LGBTQI-friendly sports clubs and communities 🎾⚽️🏀⚾️
BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE
Autumn’s underrated as a season to pick up a new sport and/or get outdoors, don’t you think?
It’s usually still sunny here and there, the outside world is wonderfully colourful (thanks trees) and, in that light, autumn breeze, you’re not quite as likely to find yourself sweating profusely after three whole minutes of moderate exercise.
And thus, as that very time of the year rolls around, we’ve cobbled together just a handful of LGBTQI sports clubs and communities to get you moving. #kickthoseleaves
Find ’em: tinyurl.com/DIVArainbowrollers
A new social group for lez/bi women around the globe, Rainbow Rollers are all about building community, getting active and offering peer support – while on wheels (both quad and inline, FYI). Created in May 2019, the group welcomes members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and runs social skating events once or twice monthly. Get rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…
Find ’em: tinyurl.com/DIVAfrontrunners
Starting life in San Francisco in 1974, International Frontrunners is an affiliation of LGBTQI running (and walking) clubs based in cities around the world. With over 100 clubs internationally – from Glasgow to Newcastle and Liverpool to London to name just a few in the UK – Frontrunners clubs are a space for LGBTQI folk of all gender identities to come together, and run together.
Where? London, Royal Docks
Find ’em: londonotters.org
The London Otters are an LGBTQI-inclusive rowing club based at the Royal Docks in east London. Welcoming folk of all genders and abilities, though it might take a few weeks to get the hang of your rowing technique, once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. Plus, they’re a bloody lovely bunch (as you can read in the August 2019 issue of DIVA) and, after an hour or two spent on the Thames, you’ll find them in their local having a team beer and lunch. Perfec’. #rowrowrowyerboat
Where? London, city-wide
Find ’em: londonraiders.co.uk
An amateur softball club with seven teams, a large development squad – “kind of like a softball school” – and an even bigger social diary, the London Raiders have teams of all abilities in all divisions in the Greater London Mixed Softball League (yes, there’s a league)! As well as having one of the most convincing sports-shaped sales pitches ever (“If we don’t win on the pitch, we win in the pub.”) London Raiders really do have something for people of all fitness levels. Get swingin’.
What else, DIVA?
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list – there are plenty of bloody incredible queer women and non-binary folk out there who’ve created spaces for LGBTQI people who want to get into (or back into) sport.
If you want to be added onto this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pop you on!
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