This week marks the arrival of the second annual GLISA North America Outgames, hosted by the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association. This year's weeklong event, which is a cross between sporting competitions and a human rights conference, is being held in Vancouver, British Columbia. It began on Monday and will run until Sunday, July 31.
This year's event comes after a year full of movement and developments in LGBT inclusion in professional athletics. The New Civil Rights Movement has more:
The early part of 2011 was a watershed period for LGBT visibility in sports. In what seemed like a daily occurrence, more than 25 sports figures publicly came out before June. The San Francisco Giants team promoted an anti-?homophobia message when they agreed to make an "It Gets Better" anti-?bullying video, and since, the Boston Red Sox have followed suit. More recently, the San Diego Padres became the first pro team to sign the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's Team Respect Challenge. Straight "allies" like wrestler Hudson Taylor and rugger Ben Cohen have both mounted aggressive and effective anti-?homophobia campaigns.