International Federation

GLTA Association of Gay and Lesbian Tennis

‘There’s more to being gay than dancing and shopping … sometimes’ – David Sance, Dallas

The Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) is an international non-profit organization that manages and sanctions the gay tennis circuit around the world. The organization’s goal is to promote access to tennis and diversity and acceptance within the sport. The sanctioned GLTA tournaments offer LGBT players a safe space to have fun playing competitive tennis in an environment where everyone who shares the value of diversity is welcome. The first gay tennis groups emerged in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston as early as 1979. During the 1980s, an informal “circuit” for gays and lesbians began to form. In the late 1980s gay tennis organizations hosted tournaments that attracted players from all over the United States, and the idea of ​​a more formal gay tennis circuit was becoming popular around the 1990 Gay Games in Vancouver.

GLTA was founded in 1991 and now there are over 50 gay and lesbian member clubs worldwide. The first officers were elected to the San Diego Open in July 1991. The first commissioner of the GLTA was Scott Williford, who was also elected to the GLTA Hall of Fame in 1992 together with Les Balmain, who founded the San Francisco Gay Tennis Federation in 1981. More original members of the GLTA council were Norm Burgos, David Black, Chris Walker and Gary Sutton. The organization continued to grow rapidly in the 1990s and spread to Australia, Canada and Europe. Tournaments in Thailand, Ireland and Australia were added to the portfolio of events in 2010, increasing the number of tournaments to over 74 worldwide. It is estimated that 10,000 players take part in GLTA tournaments each year and the number of tournaments and players continues to grow. Individual tournaments range from less than 100 competitors to over 400. Depending on the location, tournaments take place on grass, clay or hard (hard) fields. Many tournaments encourage international participation by asking local competitors to host visiting players in their homes.

Players of all levels can compete within skill-driven divisions – the open division is the highest, followed by divisions A, B, C and D. Where possible, similar divisions are provided for players with more than 40 years. Each year, an international GLTA World Tour Championships invites the top 8 players in each of the 5 GLTA divisions to compete. Tournaments are generally organized locally by clubs and associations, while GLTA provides technical support, governance and direction. Each event raises funds for charitable causes chosen by that particular association, and each cause usually has a link with gay and lesbian issues such as HIV prevention or the mentoring of young gays.

GLTA is developing partnerships with national sports organizations such as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) that have identified diversity as a useful target. The organization began to formulate a strategy of financial and organizational support to bring events to communities in which the political, legal and cultural situation for gays and lesbians limits the opportunities to compete in sport without hiding their sexuality.

Everyone is welcome to play with us if they believe in the diversity and spirit of fair play in sport. We like to think about our tournaments as well as social sports events.

ESSDA – European Homosexual Dance Association

On Sunday, February 18, 2007 in London, over 50 founding members from 8 European countries launched the European Same-Sex Dance Association (ESSDA). After more than ten years of same-sex ballroom competitions, there is now an international umbrella organization for this discipline. Since 1995, the same-sex ballroom has been a major sport in EuroGames, Gay Games and World Outgames and a growing number of international competitions take place across Europe. The same-sex dance community (all male / female couples, judges, trainers and organizers of the competition) recognizes that now there is a need for a European association. ESSA’s goal is to encourage the promotion and development of a competitive sex club ball. In the spirit of tolerance and inclusion, ESSDA intends to create international communication and organization structures and to constantly ensure high standards of competence.

ESSDA focuses its efforts in Europe. However, the ESSDA supports other individuals and organizations with similar goals throughout the rest of the world. The ESSDA respects the differences between people, in relation to race, sex, sexual or political orientation, religion, nationality or language and disability. The ESSDA respects the differences between organizations, regarding nationality, language, political orientation establishing links with other sports organizations (dance) for LGBT emancipation. ESSDA recognizes that the roots and the basis of dance. ESSDA recognizes that the roots and basis of same-sex dance and same-sex sport are the expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities and relationships. This is considered as part of any decision, guidelines and developments for the future.

The objectives of the ESSDA are:

  • Encourage sport for the same sex and the sport of Latin dance
  • Develop and maintain a level of quality and attractiveness of competitions for dancers and the public and encourage the use of guidelines for same-sex dance competitions
  • Encourage the use of these guidelines as a standard, in particular to, but not limited to, ballroom dancing and Latin dance events at EuroGames
  • Provide a forum for communication, support, coordination and development of our members and other people and organizations interested in the sport of homosexual dance
  • Work towards a climate in dance and dance sports where people can express what they are, regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnic origins, religion, gender and disability

IGLA – International Association of Water Sports and Lesbians

IGLA is the leading international organization in the world dedicated to the development and promotion of gay and lesbian swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming. IGLA is one of the leading organizations involved in the management of Gay Games, which are held every four years. In the years when the Gay Games are not held, IGLA organizes an international competition open to its member clubs. The organization is part of the broader movement of a niche travel industry, LGBTQ sports tourism

The IGLA name was chosen in 1987 to maintain the spirit of community competition that went from the Gay Olympics that had recently been held in San Francisco by Tom Waddell. To further the international aspect of the LGBT aquatic community, the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics has been nominated to hold an annual international championship event.

Our mission is to promote participation in water sports among lesbians and gays in our community, and to ensure the maintenance of the highest standards for aquatic competitions and international standards for all the Gay and IGLA Games. Come in, the water is fantastic !!!

IGLFA – International Gay Soccer Association

The International Gay & Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) was founded in 1992 to help promote and promote the growth of LGTBQ football worldwide. While the IGLFA was formed in 1992, the LGBT football teams competed against each other in the first Gay Games of 1982 and an independent event of the international championship was held every year since 1987. Starting in 1992, the IGLFA held a European competition, although it is separate from the currently recognized European championship, started in 2011; a North American championship also began in 2011. The IGLFA world championships were held every year from 1992 to 2010, but now take place only in the even years; the odd years are currently used for continental championships and other competitions. The association is affiliated with the Federation of Gay Games and assigns the annual Tom Waddell Memorial Trophy (created in 1988) to the winner of its men’s tournament (held as part of the Gay Games in the years in which the event is held).

Since the creation of IGLFA, more than 100 teams / clubs representing over 30 countries have joined and participated in IGLFA competitions. Each of these teams / clubs has played a key role in helping IGLFA achieve its goals and maintain its mission. The IGLFA is the governing body of LGBT football and regulates the football part of the Association of Gay Games, World Outgames and various other tournaments all over the world. In recent years the IGLFA has shifted its focus from organizing an annual IGLFA world championship to one that provides assistance in organizing tournament forums and national and international events.

While working with the organizers of these events, the IGLFA provides support and help to maintain the highest level of competition for our members. IGLFA works with tournament and event coordinators to provide assistance to the best experience for our members in every tournament and event.

IGLFA has always been committed to supporting, strengthening and improving all LGBTQ football organizations around the world.


IGLFA is the leading international organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the development and promotion of LGBTQ football. Our mission is to promote a safe space for participation in football between LGBTQ, people and friends of our community, while ensuring the physical and tactical understanding of the highest standards for football competitions and establish international standards for sanctioned tournaments from IGLFA, events and Gay Games.

Objectives of the mission

  • The IGLFA is committed to promoting equality in the international football community, while supporting LGBTQ football around the world.
  • IGLFA works to support, encourage and promote the growth of LGBTQ football clubs around the world, promoting fair play and a positive football experience.
  • IGLFA promotes physical and tactical understanding of football.
  • The IGLFA offers opportunities for LGBTQ football players and our allies to meet in social and competitive areas.
  • IGLFA is also actively involved with numerous sports organizations and coalition groups whose goals are to free homophobia in sport.
  • The IGLFA has established an “Awareness Program” to assist teams and individuals with participation in sanctioned tournaments that may not have been able to otherwise participate through.

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