the advent of warm weather it’s time to get out of the house and
into your favorite sporting activity. Gays and lesbians across the Carolinas
team up for all sorts of activities — from running and swimming
to rugby, volleyball and more.
For those who like to get wet in Charlotte, there’s the gay swim
team known as the H2Os.
Since March of 2002 founder Tim Snider and an ever-expanding core group
of swimmers have been hitting the pool for their weekly workout at the
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center,
“Several years ago I attended Atlanta’s gargantuan Pride celebration,” recalls
Snider. “One of the many floats in the parade carried a group of
men and women dancing in Speedos. This was the float for the “Rainbow
Trout,” Atlanta’s gay and lesbian swim team, which boasts 150
members and numerous awards from swim competitions. I said to myself, “We
need something like that in Charlotte!
“I had been swimming for exercise on my own but was beginning to feel
that my workouts needed more rigor, more structure and the helpful hints of
an experienced coach. A gay swim team would provide all of that, plus a
positive opportunity for recreation and fellowship in our community.”
If you’re interested in swimming with the H2Os, email Tim at email@example.com.
For landlubbers who like to stretch their limbs while in the company of
family, the Frontrunners gay and lesbian running and walking organization
has provided just such an opportunity to queer communities in big cities
“We’ve had a chapter in Charlotte for six years,” says Frontrunners
representative Steve Thomas. “We have about 60 members who come once
a month or so and 10-12 people who run every time.”
Thomas admits the group is comprised predominantly of men, but wishes there
were more women involved. “We’d really like to have more women,
but they come and see only two or no women and they usually don’t
come back. It’s very disapointing.”
Another aspect Thomas points out about Frontrunners goes beyond the fact
that exercize is good for you. “Of course it’s for exercize
and staying in shape, but there’s a strong social aspect to it. Afterwards
we’ll go out for a meal. The run may take 45 minutes but then we’ll
spend an hour and a half chatting and having bagels.”
For more information on Frontrunners, visit their website at www.frontrunners.org or contact Steve Thomas at 704-277-4196.
If you’re gay with a penchant for tennis then the Queen City Tennis
Club might be the place for you. A private, non-profit club, participation
is encouraged regardless of skill level by any adult (18 and older) desiring
to play tennis with the GLBT community.
In addition to social activities and community service initiatives, members
participate in Sunday tennis programs, a QCTC tennis league, USTA competition,
GLTA events and the Carolina Cup. Two skills clinics are offered each
year, but beginners are encouraged to obtain private lessons before joining.
If you’re interested in joining, just show up for one of the Sunday
programs at the Park Road Park Tennis Complex. They begin at 10 a.m., but
you’ll want to arrive by 9:40 a.m. for warm-up and court assignment
The founder of Charlotte’s gay rugby Club, The Charlotte Royals,
describes the game as a mix of “soccer and football.” Like
other members of gay sporting groups, he’s adamant about the virtues
of the game. “Most of the guys would say the bonding with other men
when you get together on a Sunday afternoon is the best part,” says
Jason Cash. “You know — you’re with a bunch of guys and
it’s a lot of fun. We usually go to the Eagle afterwards for a beer.
Great workout, too.”
Membership to the Charlotte Royals is open to all men ages 18 and up. The
one requirement is that you be open-minded. Gay, straight or bisexual,
it doesn’t matter as long as you understand that rugby is at the
heart of it and that discrimination is not found on the team.
For more details, go to www.charlotteroyals.org or call Jason Cash at 704-
In Columbia, S.C., many gays and lesbians get together every Sunday at
2 p.m. in Earlwood Park to play volleyball. “Since the summer of
1999, on most Sundays year-round, a group of volleyball enthusiasts has
gotten together in one of Columbia’s neighborhood parks for an afternoon
of friendly volleyball games,” says Kevin Bing. “We do it because
we’re a little bit crazy for volleyball, but most of our players
will tell you they come back for the fellowship. During the beautiful days
in the summer, there may be up to five rotating six-person teams playing
on two nets.
“Volleyball in the park can be a real breath of fresh air,” Bing
for people new to the community and for those who might have been out in
Columbia for awhile. Those who play believe it’s good to get outside
and meet your friends and neighbors, enjoy the green of the park, work
up a sweat and be able to have a relaxed conversation before the next game.
There is no real organization, just a group of friendly people who like
to get together. Anyone who knows the basics of volleyball and enjoys a
little friendly competition is welcome to come out and play.”
For more details, email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Frontrunners & Walkers
Monday night at 6:30 p.m., Dowd YMCA back porch, dinner afterward.
Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Caribou Coffee/Brueggers Bagels parking lot.
Breakfast afterward at Brueggers Bagels.
A social group that walks and runs together, meets for food and drink afterward.
All abilities welcome.
Charlotte H2O Gay Swim Group
Our mission is to promote physical fitness and provide a positive social
outlet for gay and gay-friendly Charlotteans. We are all-inclusive regarding
gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc. We are looking for swimmers who
are comfortable with the basic strokes and who hope to improve and become
physically fit, while meeting fun people along the way. For more information,
2801 E. Independence Blvd.
Our mission is to promote the sport of bowling within the GLBT community.
We are also members of IGBO (International Gay Bowling Organization)
and promote its motto of Unity, Fellowship and Communication. We
meet every Monday starting Sept. 8 for 28 weeks, at AMF Coliseum Lanes.
is $12/week. Practice begins at 7:50 p.m. and league play starts at
8 p.m. We are sanctioned by ABC/WIBC and members of IGBO. Several members
league have placed in numerous gay bowling tournaments across the nation
Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club
The Charlotte Royals RFC is a rugby club for gay and diverse individuals
in and around the Charlotte, N.C. area. We practice on Sunday and Tuesday.
Check the website for times and locations. Age, size and experience are
not important. Commitment and willingness are.
Queen City Rollers Bowling League
316 East 19th St.
Come join the fun at Carolina Lanes, 704-841-7606, in Matthews
for the 2004-2005 bowling league. Our first meeting will be Sept. 13 at 7:30
p.m. If you are looking for a way to meet people or just new to the
area, this is a great way to establish some new friends. We have
raffles, games and cash prizes. The league season is 24 weeks. If
interested, then come join our league for fellowship and fun. Contact
Clark White at 704-699-1278 or at email@example.com.
Queen City Tennis Club
P.O. Box 480642
Queen City Tennis Club is an all-inclusive (LGBT-focused) club
for individuals to come together and enjoy the game of tennis
in an open,
The club is mainly recreational/social in nature, but there are
opportunities for competitive play as well. All skill levels
are welcome. Open
play every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Park Road Park during the warm
we now also
play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights at Hornet’s Nest Park as well.
The time on Sundays during the cold season is 12 p.m. Singles tennis
ladder is available — matches are scheduled by individuals
at their convenience.
Southern Country Charlotte
PO Box 668690
Supporting local charities and LGBT events while promoting
country and western music and dance. Our activities include:
every Wednesday evening at The Charlotte Eagle from 9-10:30
p.m., with open dancing following. First Saturday and Third
of every month
are our monthly club nights at The Charlotte Eagle. Country
music and dancing from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Queen City Outlaws, SCC’s
exhibition dance team, practice every Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30
a specified location.
Call more for details.