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"This past weekend, Minneapolis played host to the fifth biannual international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rugby tournament, otherwise known as the Bingham Cup. The Bingham Cup brings together 50 teams from Europe, Australia, South and Central America, and all over the United States and Canada. This year, the Minneapolis Mayhem hosted the tournament.

I had the good fortune of quickly locating and befriending the most excellent team of the bunch, the Ottawa Wolves. So much fun, we sang “Hungry Like the Wolf” during half-time. The Wolves had almost as many players on the disabled list as they did on the field. They also had three straight guys–one married, one finding Twin Cities girls to be very welcoming–but they also proudly wore little rainbow flags on the right leg of their uniform shorts..."

I'm extremely proud of this piece, which goes into the background about gay rugby, and why the cup is named for 9/11 hero Mark Bingham--you won't believe what he did for this country, and yet our nation and his home state would still have him be a second class citizen. What are your thoughts?


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