IN BRIEF: ‘Full Gallop,’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

The version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, onstage at the Winspear through Aug. 24, feels like a fresher, hipper version of a musical that’s — gasp! — nearly 30 years old. Old things don’t usually seem younger, but when you add a flavor of steampunk and sex appeal, plus erase a [...]

Putogate

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 7:20am

How gay activists responded to a Mexican taunt during the World Cup set the stage for more inclusiveness in sports Last month’s World Cup in Brazil had everything: Goals galore. Scintillating performances (including by the surprisingly non-inept United States team). Stunning upsets. Gay prostitutes. Que diabos?! “Gay prostitutes” refers to a very loud, very clear [...]

With strides by Collins, Sam and Griner, are the Gay Games still relevant?

Posted on 05 Aug 2014 at 12:25pm

The past year marked a watershed for LGBT sports. Athletes at every level — professional, college, high school and amateur — at first ventured, then flooded, out of the closet. Media attention no longer treats gay athletes as exotic creatures, all but unheard of in the real world; stories now focus on more nuanced aspects [...]

The Ultimate sport

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:30am

Gays with flying discs — don’t call them Frisbees — turn a beachside pastime into a serious competition   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer outfield@qsyndicate.com So how gay is Frisbee? Pretty gay. It’s a sport — which is actually called “Ultimate” and played with a “disc,” because “Frisbee” is a registered trademark — that has traditionally [...]

Refs are (gay) people, too

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:40am

Just as the World Cup gets underway, we look at the culture of  soccer from the point of view of closeted officials DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer outfield@qsyndicate.com As a young referee, Ryan Powell heard a coach yell at a youth soccer player: “Stop being a fairy! And play!” Powell red-carded the coach. The official’s supervisor [...]

Against the current

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 7:45am

At 64, Diana Nyad did the impossible. Now what? ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor When Diana Nyad was the first contestant bumped from the latest season of Dancing with the Stars last month, it was a rare defeat for a woman who seems destined to achieve all her goal. It’s OK, though. She can [...]

The Daley show

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 at 6:15am

Last month, the Twitterverse exploded in a furor when British Olympic diver Tom Daley formally came out of the closet. But have we learned anything?   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer outfield@qsyndicate.com Another day. Another Olympic diver. Another coming-out story. Tom Daley’s recent YouTube video, in which he announced he was dating a man, was [...]

Sochi solution?

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 7:55am

Should anti-gay laws affect the Winter Games?   In 1936 it was the Nazis. In 1980, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 1984 brought retaliation for ’80. This year, it’s treatment of gays. Another year, another Olympic boycott threat. As Russia criminalizes LGBT people — a new law threatens jail for anyone even acknowledging gay people [...]

Top o’ the world!

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:20am

20-year-old gay mountaineer Cason Crane turned a climb into a queer cause   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Writer outfield@qsynidcate.com The welcome page of Cason Crane’s website asks, “What’s your Everest?” He’s not being metaphorical. Crane — an adventurer, athlete and activist — has actually climbed Mt. Everest. He’s also traveled to over 70 countries on [...]

The other kind of gay camp

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 9:30am

Gay athletes show queer youth they can be out, proud — and participate in sports It was big news in April when Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay athlete still active in a major American professional sports league. There were fewer headlines last month, when Collins participated in a four-day sports and [...]