European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation


stimulate integration in sport and emancipation of athletes regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation


exchange information and enable co-ordination between European sport groups and tournaments tournamentstournaments


liaison with and support athletes who are thinking about coming out



support the founding of new sport groups inclusive of all athletes



fight against discrimination in sport based on gender identity & sexual orientation tournamentstournaments

EuroGames Roma 2019

Once a year the EGLSF celebrates a huge European gay sport event: EuroGames. Besides offering a high-quality sport event to the LGBTIQ sports community, EGLSF wishes to promote the following goals, also through the EuroGames:

  • fight against discrimination in sport regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • stimulate integration in sport and emancipation of LGBTIQ athletes

  • enable and support the coming out of LGBTIQ athletes

  • support the founding of new LGBTIQ groups
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Win a signed copy of “We’re Queer and we should be here”

Friday, September 8th, 2017 @ 11:15|0 Comments

We’re Queer and we should be here: the perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan

On the cusp of a football season where players’ sexuality will once again be […]

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A Smashing Time in Amsterdam!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 @ 15:30|0 Comments

Last June was a month full of celebrations for our member club Smashing Pink.
For the 25th time the annual international Pinkster Tournament was organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. […]

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EGLSF launch first ever Euro Pride House for the UEFA Women’s Euro, Utrecht 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 @ 14:58|0 Comments

Sunday 16th July, saw the historic moment when the EGLSF organised the first ever Euro Pride House for a women’s European football championships. This project initiative is under the “Erasmus+ […]

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Freedom Bike Ride 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 @ 16:04|0 Comments

A friend of mine and me, we got off on the Vyborg Station. About 240 km lied ahead of us. Four days of hard cycling and unpredictable weather. At that […]

The EuroGames Photo Competition Winners Are…

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 @ 13:53|0 Comments

During the EuroGames in Helsinki this year, the EGLSF ran a photo competition called the “Spirit of EuroGames”. We invited everyone to submit a photo that they felt captured the […]

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Inspirational Additions to the “Against the Rules” Exhibition.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 @ 11:18|0 Comments

The EGLSF is proud to unveil 2 new additions to the “Against the Rules” Exhibition. Over the past number of months the federation has been looking for inspirational athletes to […]


Erasmus + “Heroes of Football” Danish Parliament Hearing

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Copenhagen, May 3rd, 2017

EGLSF project partners from the Erasmus+ “Heroes of Football” project, will give a presentation to the Danish Parliament during a hearing arranged by the Cultural and Gender […]


Freedom Bike Ride 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 @ 16:04|0 Comments

A friend of mine and me, we got off on the Vyborg Station. About 240 km lied ahead of us. Four days of hard cycling and unpredictable weather. At that […]


Field of tainted dreams

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 @ 13:05|0 Comments

Homophobia is rife in Australian sport. Whether playing at the local park or representing their country, gay and lesbian athletes routinely hide their sexuality to avoid abuse while pursuing the […]

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all-day BANG: Budapest All Nations Games
BANG: Budapest All Nations Games
Sep 22 – Sep 24 all-day
BANG: Badminton Tournament : 22-24  September Registration opens on 1 May, 2017
all-day Mamma Mia Volleyball Tournament ...
Mamma Mia Volleyball Tournament ...
Sep 22 – Sep 24 all-day
Mamma Mia Volleyball Tournament 2017 @ Milan | Lombardy | Italy
16° international Tournament Mamma Fashion Week September 2017 22nd-23rd As usual Gate Volley invites you join the event that will take place in september: MammaMia tournament 2017! The tournament, in its sixteenth edition, will host many Italian and foreign teams belonging and non to LGBT clubs. Levels of play: levels of play will be A, B and C. Inscriptions: registration for the tournament will be completed by September 15th 2017. The tournament will take place as follows: • Friday September 22nd in the evening: welcome party with registration and free drink • Saturday September 23rd in the morning: guided tour[...]
09:00 Open International Shorties
Open International Shorties
Sep 23 @ 09:00 – Sep 24 @ 00:30
Open International Shorties
In September this year, LGBTIQ swimming club Nat Utrecht celebrates its 20th anniversary and organises a spectacular short-distance swimming competition (Shorties), followed by a dinner buffet and splashing party. Join us all, and meet old and new swimming friends from Utrecht, other Dutch cities and abroad! The program of our Shorties swimming competition enables you to save enough energy to dance your heart out at the Roaring Twenties dinner and disco party at night, organized at Ottone – a very scenic venue in the historic city center of Utrecht. Tired afterwards? You can sleep in one of the many hotels[...]
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day
GERMAN-RAINBOW-OPEN @ Vorbeck | Mecklenburg-Vorpommern | Germany
The German-Rainbow-Open has become an established tournament in international gay golf sport. When 5 of our group of organizers gave birth to this event in 2005, our plan, to arrange a huge, international golf tournament on a championship course, played over 2 days, 18 holes each, was just a dream. Our vision was to create something like the EURO- or GAYgames, which easily encourage an international crowd of players to join this competition. And the idea to make it an event that attracts lesbians and gays at the same time to play golf and party together was then and still[...]
all-day LIVE 2017 – Volleyball Tournament
LIVE 2017 – Volleyball Tournament
Oct 13 – Oct 14 all-day
LIVE 2017 - Volleyball Tournament @ London | England | United Kingdom
The time has come for LIVE 2017 !!! London Spikers Knights Volleyball Club (LSKVC) invites you to the exciting Volleyball Tournament, LIVE – London International Volleyball Extravaganza. Help us making the 13th edition of our international volleyball tournament a success as last year’s. Promote the event with friends and register your team on Let the EXTRAVAGANZA begin…. Please come and join us, whether you want to play volleyball or simply get this excuse to visit London. … We wish you have much fun and a good time during our tournament.
all-day LAT41° Tournament
LAT41° Tournament
Oct 20 – Oct 22 all-day
LAT41° Tournament @ Rome | Lazio | Italy
  LAT41 ° is the European LGTB masters and LGBT-friendly swimming tournament first launched by the A.S.D. Gruppo Pesce Roma and by Halegatos C.D. (Spain) in 2012. The tournament takes place in alternate years between Rome and Madrid thus taking the place of the previous “AquaRomae” and “Sungames” competitions organized by each respective group. Now in its sixth year, LAT41 ° is one of the most eagerly awaited LGBT swimming events in Southern Europe, as well as a great all-inclusive sports festival. We are Mediterranean and the spirit of where we live is manifested in what we do. In addition[...]
all-day Antwerp Brilliant Games
Antwerp Brilliant Games
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day
Antwerp Brilliant Games @ Antwerp | Flanders | Belgium
We from Active Company invite everyone to participate in the first edition of our new multi-sports tournament. The following sports are on offer: badminton, squash, swimming, tennis, volleyball and water polo. Our happening is flanked by a lot of fun social activities including dinners, party, brunch, guided city tour, gay choir concert … From 2 to 5 November 2017 we would like to welcome everyone in the beautiful, a-typical Antwerp to participate in a sporty and brilliant ;-) tournament.
all-day BrilliANT Games International Te...
BrilliANT Games International Te...
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day
Active Company, the gay sport club of Antwerp (Belgium), will organize from 2nd until 5th of November 2017 the BrilliANT Games, an international tournament as part of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) circuit. GLTA is the official international tennis LGBT organization. The purpose of GLTA is to provide an open, safe, inclusive space and community that is committed to promoting and developing amateur tennis in the LGBT Community.  
all-day Matryoshka Cup
Matryoshka Cup
Nov 25 – Nov 26 all-day
Matryoshka Cup @ Moscow | Russia
5th volleyball tournament in Moscow. There are 2 levels (B and C) for men and mixed teams and 1 level for women teams. Registration will be available soon. Moscow calling! To register for the event : click here  

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