We live in a changing world where sports, once the public domain of macho heterosexual men, is now a more inclusive world that welcomes participants of various persuasions and genders. Ignoring the pathetic minority of misogynistic, homophobic and racist fans that continue to live in the 18th century, more and more fans and sports people are welcoming female, gay, bi, trans, and other participants.
Hitting the headlines are our professional sportsmen and women but locally, there are a plethora of community clubs that are equally, if not more welcoming to our gender and sexuality-diverse population. Going one step further, there are also a number of sporting outlets for those who are not yet comfortable with participating in mixed clubs.
Established sporting groups have been around for a while, both specifically for LGBTIQ+ folk, and for those straight folks who are comfortable enough with their own sexuality to join in. They may or may not compete against other hetero-normative clubs, but they always offer a safe environment for participants to practice their sport of choice, regardless of sexuality.
Below is a list of Adelaide-based sporting and activity clubs that have been established primarily for gay and bi men but also welcome gay-friendly heterosexual guys who are comfortable enough in themselves to participate. It’s near impossible to provide a comprehensive list of any kind, so if you’re aware of a sporting club that’s not included here, please let us know.
Adelaide Happy Wanderers
A social walking/hiking group that meets on the first Sunday of most months, and also holds other events.
Adelaide Spikers Volleyball Club
Promotes and encourages participation in volleyball every Thursday from 7.00 pm to 8.30pm.
Adelaide University Sharks Rugby Union Football
Adelaide’s gay and inclusive rugby union club providing the LGTBIQ community and allies the opportunity to be part of rugby union. Everyone is welcome.
If you can breathe, you can do yoga. They specialise in yoga for different abilities and mobilities, mental health and wellbeing, and yoga through the lifespan.
Pride Tennis Adelaide Inc
Adelaide’s Gay Social Tennis Club for the entire LGBTQIA community. All levels welcomed. Every Tuesday evening and Sunday afternoon, we meet for a social hit.
A group for car enthusiasts. Q Car organizes regular vehicle-meets / outings for members and their friends who are passionate about their vehicles. Q Car aficionados enjoy driving and socializing with like-minded people.
Team Adelaide Tenpin Bowling League
The league’s emphasis is on enjoyment, with all levels catered for. A handicap system is used to enable a fair competition between experienced bowlers and beginners.
Wrestling for Fun
A collective for guys who enjoy wrestling just for the fun of it. They don’t compete with other clubs, so all levels of experience are welcome. Come and try it.
Photo credit: Cover image courtesy of Wrestling for Fun