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Annual Out-Fit Challenge Mud Run New York Massive Success

mud run new york

LGBT focused 5k mud run, Out-Fit Challenge (http://out-fitchallenge.com), recently thrived in bringing New Yorkers together in support of family equality. The sporting event featured over 15 military style obstacles which included various elements such as mud, water and ice throughout the course. The event drew more than 650 participants who were ready and willing to get muddy for a good cause, including reality star and recording artist Sara Stokes. Sara Stokes is known for her roles in 2006’s “YaDaDa Movie” and the 2002 ABC/MTV music reality series by P. Diddy, “Making the Band”. The Michigan born songstress participated in the mud run to join the fight for LGBT family equality and took pictures with fans.

This year’s event took place on June 21st, 2014 at the Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, 581 Route 17A West, Tuxedo, New York 10987 from 9 am to 5 pm with race waves beginning every 20 minutes. The LGBT sporting event is now officially sponsored by Jack’d, a top gay men’s chat and dating app available for free on the App Store and Google Play, as well as a NYC Pride Partner for 2014.  Other sponsors include Kind Healthy Snacks, Kellogg School of Management, Equality Florida, Miami Beach Gay Pride and NYC Pride. This year’s New York event charity of choice was the Family Equality Council, which connects supports and represents the LGBT community across the US.

“Our success with Out-Fit Challenge this year surely surpassed our expectations,” begins Founder & CEO of Out-Fit Challenge, Tory Fitzgerald. “We were able to accomplish our mission by uniting our community through fun and competitive means. It’s amazing to watch people who don’t know each other cheering and providing extreme encouragement to one another while completing the 5K course.”

The sporting event featured obstacles such as the “Cherry Picker,” “Is that Mud in Your Pants “and” Hello Sailor”. Once participants reach the finish line they were then welcomed by a lively end of race after party. Out-Fit Challenge premiered with two very successful mud runs in Miami and New York in 2013. For 2014 they expanded their 5K cross-country trails to four cites chosen through a public online voting contest. The next cities on the list for Out-Fit Challenge include Reno, Nevada on September 20, 2014 followed by events in Boston, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. Apart from putting on mud run sporting events, the organization aims to aid national and local charities that are making a significant difference in the lives of LGBT individuals across the United States such as the Family Equality Council.

For more information on Out-Fit Challenge please visit http://out-fitchallenge.com/. For information on Sponsorship for the other events email info@beautifulplanning.com or call 877-841-7244.

About Out-Fit Challenge

Out-Fit Challenge is designed by and for members and friends of the LGBT community who aspire to compete, make new connections, and celebrate community via outdoor endurance sports. The company provides proceeds from every event to a national and local organization that strives to make a difference for LGBT individuals. 

9th Annual New York Gay Football League Bachelor Auction November 21


 

On
Thursday, November 21, the New York Gay Football League will host its Ninth Annual Bachelor Auction at XL Nightclub (512 W. 42nd St) at 7pm.  Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit the GLSEN Sports Project.   

 
About the New York
Gay Football League
The
New York Gay Football League seeks to promote the positive social and
athletic enjoyment of flag football. Through our league, our events and
most importantly our players, we also seek to foster and augment the
self-respect and to engender respect and understanding from the gay
community. While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals,
it is a fundamental principle of the NYGFL that all activities, social
and athletic, are conducted to be inclusive in nature and that no
individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual
orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin,
political beliefs, athletic ability or physical challenge.
 

About the GLSEN Sports Project

Changing
the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is an education and advocacy program
focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and
physical education programs. The Sport Project’s mission is to assist
K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical
education climate that is based on the core principles of respect,
safety and equal access for all students, teachers and coaches
regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression and
integrating these efforts into overall school plans to ensure a safe,
respectful school climate and culture. For more information, go to: sports.glsen.org

New York City Gay Hockey Games Coming Up

The New York City Gay Hockey Association (NYCGHA) is New York’s first official gay hockey organization.

The NYCGHA is a member of the Gay
Hockey International
and is a Nonprofit Organization under IRS code 501(c)(3).

Developmental teams:

The Hotshots and
Polar Bears
consist of new skaters, beginning players, and a few intermediate players. The
teams are coed and compete in Sky Rink’s Developmental Division.

Novice and beginner players may try out to join a team at
season breaks. Games are always free to spectators, and everyone is welcome to
cheer them on and meet the players after the games.

Recreational teams:

The Boxers,
Westies, and
Wizards
are coed teams consisting of intermediate players competing in Sky Rink’s
Divisions Seven and Eight. The teams play most Saturday nights and all are
welcomed to cheer on the teams and meet the players after the games.
It’s free!

Competitive team:

The NY Lions play a more
intense game than our developmental or recreational teams. The competitive
teams are coed and consist of intermediate and advanced players. Playing most
Friday nights, the NY Lions compete in Sky Rink’s Division Six. Skilled players
are welcome to try out and join the team. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the
team and meet the players after the games. It’s free.

Tournaments:

Players from our competitive and recreational teams compete in international LGBT
tournaments in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and
Washington. Schedule
of Upcoming Tournaments
. Additionally, we host NYC’s annual Chelsea
Challenge
tournament the weekend before Gay Pride. The NYCGHA generally fields one
to three teams at most tournaments. The level of play at the tournaments ranges from
competitive (including former Division 1 and Junior Pro players) to recreational and
novice divisions. Recreational, skilled and highly-skilled players are encouraged
to try out and join a travel team.

More info online NYC Gay Hockey

New York Attorney General says NFL Must Act on Gay Sexual Orientation Concerns

Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the NFL scouting combine (AP photo)

New York’s attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman sent a letter today to the NFL seeking a clarification of the league’s response to the incident in which a player said he was asked about his sexual orientation during the team-by-team interviewing process at last month’s scouting combine.

The NFL announced late last month that it would conduct an investigation after Color ado tight end Nick Kasa said during a radio interview, without identifying the team or teams involved, that he was asked whether he was married, has a girlfriend or likes girls. Um, you can like girls, and still be gay!

Schneiderman wrote in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dated Thursday that it is illegal in the state for an employer to make any inquiry expressing “limitation, specification or discrimination as to … sexual orientation” to a prospective employee.

“It is our understanding that at least 20 of the League’s 32 teams are located in jurisdictions that similarly prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment based on sexual orientation,” Schneiderman wrote to Goodell.

The very sexy Nick Kasa said during an interview with a Denver radio station: “They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”

Read more at Washington Post