UK Gay Aquatics Club Out to Swim, Cologne, Germany, 2010 | Unknown photographer | Gay Star News | 14414
Gay Star News have been speaking to Chris Morgan, Gay Games Ambassador who recently produced a timeline tracing the history of LGBT sport in the UK.
It was not until the 1970s that the first LGBT sports clubs began to form, with running, swimming and tennis among the first to establish dedicated gay and lesbian teams. The first Gay Games were held in San Francisco in 1982. Since the 1980s new clubs have continued to be established in every conceivable sport. Establishing an LGBT sports club is hard work, takes an enormous amount of energy and requires a number of passionate people to give the club focus and momentum. Making a club sustainable beyond that initial core group of people is equally challenging and it’s not uncommon for clubs to have a short lifespan if they have been unable to build a strong membership base or the infrastructure required for future growth.