Queer As Folks

Three Head to World Outgames in Copenhagen

The second annual World Outgames is a little more local with three community members competing in this year’s event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Doug Caldwell ran the 5K on July 26; Dr. Paul Mittelstadt will compete in the Olympic Distance Triathlon on August 1; and Terrell Brown is participating in five separate swimming events plus a RainBow Random Relay over four days. World Outgames is an international event for the body, mind, and spirit, celebrating the talents and contributions of homosexual, bisexual, and transgender men and women from every corner of the globe Though it is geared toward the GLBT community, heterosexual men and women are equally welcomed to participate. The 2009 Outgames, July 25 through August 2, encompasses 38 different sports.

Shades of Yellow (SOY) Organizes

Shades of Yellow is an organization that was formed based on the personal experiences of Phai Xiong and Xeng Lor, two gay men in the Hmong community. The duo felt that they, among other GLBT individuals in the Hmong community, were invisible, marginalized, and in need of support. SOY has taken on the role of confronting this isolation through services in education, cultural awareness, social gatherings, and advocacy. Executive Director Kevin Xiong said, “I’ve received so many criticisms from the community on the existence of SOY. This is the exact reason why I want to make SOY a strong and effective organization.” For more information, visit www.myspace.com/shadesofyellow_hmong, or call (651) 291-1811, ext. 201.

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