The International Gay Figure Skating Union

This association was started in the early 1990s, when figure skating was being added to the New York Gay Games roster. After being dormant for a number of years, it was revived at the time of the 1998 Amsterdam Gay Games. In August 2001, the IGFSU became an administrative member of the Ice Skating Institute. This means the IGFSU can hold competitions under ISI rules, including the category called "Couples," which allows two people to skate together without gender restrictions.

June 20, 2000

Dear New York area skaters,

Sunday, June 25th, we will be marching with other GLBT athletes in the Gay Pride March. Team NY will lead the athletic contingent, followed by individual sports groups. We will be there with the IGFSU flag. We are part of the last group to march this year so meet at 1:30 p.m. on 54th St between Madison & 5th Ave or join in somewhere along the route if you like to watch.

If you are planning to join us for the March you are encouraged to march in either skating costume or skating related tee shirt. Free IGFSU or Team NY Figure Skating Tee shirts to anyone who joins in for the whole march. RSVP to with size and tee-shirt preference. Shirts will be waiting for you in the Team NY vehicle at 54th between Madison and 5th. Rollerblades encouraged.

Team NY invites you to ENCORE TO PRIDE: An Evening With Team NY on Thursday, June 29th from 7 - 11 p.m. at Stepping Out Studios (1780 Broadway @ 57th St). In addition to an LGBT art exhibit where 20% of each sold art piece will benefit Team NY, there will be cabaret & comedy (including performances by Nora Burns, Fabulosa Linguine & Deian McBryde and hosted by comedian, Bob Montgomery), a Poetry Slam competition, as well as Ballroom, Latin & Disco Dancing. You will also be able to watch some dance exhibitions (I'm not talking about Saturday Night Fever stuff, however) and also receive some partnered dance lessons courtesy of OUTdancing, the gay & lesbian dance group. Heritage of Pride & Front Runners NY will be presented with the 1st annual Team NY "Team Spirit" Awards. And, you can also enjoy complimentary beer, wine, soda, bottled water and a light meal for only $15 ($10 TNY members!). Let me know how many tickets you need. I can get them to you at SkyRink or leave them w/ my doorman at 410 W 24th St. Capacity is limited and tickets at the door, if available, will be $20.

Team NY is attempting to raise funds to produce & promote local athletic & cultural events and competitions as well as to provide uniforms for our members and offset some travel expenses to attend Gay Games VI Sports & Cultural Festival held in Sydney Australia from Oct 25 - Nov 9 of 2002.

Currently, Team NY is helping to promote several sporting events as part of the Team New York Sports & Cultural Festival 2000 as well. Please come out to cheer on your favorite jocks and jockettes on Saturday, June 24th at the following events:

Front Runners New York (FRNY) will host its 19th Annual Lesbian & Gay Pride Run (5-mile race) and Team NY Community Challenge (2-mile Fun Run) in Central Park at 97th St & 5th Ave. The fun run begins at 9 a.m. and is immediately followed by the 5-mile race. Over 1,000 runners are expected (just think of all those sexy people with great legs & rear-ends!!) Proceeds from the 2-mile run benefit the FRNY Charitable Fdtn which distibutes funds to members and others in our community who are in financial need. For more info, contact FRNY at 212-724-9700 or

Team NY Aquatics (TNYA) is hosting "NY Swimillennium 2000", a U.S. Masters Swimming sanctioned event where any world records broken will be recognized. The event will take place at the Apex Pool of Lehman College in the Bronx beginning at 9 a.m. For more info, contact TNYA at or

Metro Gay Wrestling Alliance (MGWA) wil host its 2nd annual Pride Tournament and Open Mat Clinic from 10a.m. - 3 p.m. at the McBurney YMCA at 122 W 17th St (#741-9272). A $10 spectator fee will be requested. To participate or for more info, contact MGWA at or

Also, from July 1 - 4, Metropolitan Tennis Group (MTG) will produce its annual tennis tournament, "Liberty Open 2000", at the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens. Players can compete in singles, doubles & mixed doubles and 5 skill-level divisions. Proceeds from Liberty Open 2000 will be donated to God's Love We Deliver. For more info, contact MTG at or

FYI, Team New York - hotline #212-439-8179 or for more info

If you are planning to skate in Sydney in 2002, you should join Team NY.

Happy Pride!

I hope to see you at the march.


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