Why the Lack of Female Athletes in Vancouver’s Outgames
(Blogger Keph Senett attended this past summer's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) North America Cup, a continental soccer tournament that was part of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) Outgames. Later, she asked why so few of the soccer players at the Vancouver Outgames were women – and why it matters.
Just over one percent of the players at the Cup this year were women – a disappointingly low number. For the week of the games, Vancouver hosted cruises, parties, and sporting events, all of which culminated in the grandest celebration of all: Vancouver Pride. But in between the beer gardens and the DJ sets, where were the day cares, the kid’s play areas, and the family-friendly spaces? Where were the big-name lesbian entertainers? Where were the sponsorships for female players? Read more in Keph's recent post published on Matador Sports. ~js)
Just weeks before the Cup kick-off, organizers had cancelled the women’s division. Though the remaining competitions were technically open to players of all genders, the web site showed “Men’s Division I and II”.
“What’s the skinny on women’s participation this year?” I asked, as I joined a group of spectators at the goal-side fence. IGLFA tournaments are open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) and allied adults (18 and older), with no specific qualification other than the desire to participate, and organizers work hard to make play possible.