Alice Hoagland, mother of Mark Bingham, spoke at the “Day of Decision” protest rally in San Francisco on the evening after the Prop 8 decision was given by the California Supreme Court. The following is a video of her speech.
The San Francisco Fog RFC is part of the Outsports Local Groups Challenge to determine the Gay Sports Group of the Year for 2008. The Fog is currently in the second round and faces off against the New York Cheer.
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The San Francisco Fog today is cheering the entrance of the Ottawa Wolves RFC into the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union.
The Wolves are a newly formed gay rugby team in French-speaking Canada. The club’s president, Carl Pilon (Angry Carl Jr.), played with us over the past few years when he was living in San Francisco. He credits that experience as the inspiration for founding the Wolves.
In their first season the Wolves will play seven exhibition games against other teams in their union. We cheer their entrance into the EORU and wish them continued success.
Fog Rugby congratulates the Minneapolis Mayhem RFC on its successful bid to host The Bingham Cup® in 2010.
Despite strong competition in the bidding process from Las Vegas’s Sin City Irish RFC, the Mayhem prevailed in a vote by the membership of IGRAB, which comprises representatives of every gay-identifying men’s rugby union club worldwide.
The Bingham Cup® was first hosted by the San Francisco Fog in 2002, and is held every two years. Other cities that have hosted the event are London (2004), New York City (2006), and Dublin (2008).
Read the official announcement at IGRAB.net.
The San Francisco Fog RFC strongly supports the Minneapolis Mayhem RFC’s bid for The Bingham Cup® in 2010.
IGRAB’s mission is to establish and nurture member clubs whose goals align with its own. The Mayhem was founded as an IGRAB club, with IGRAB’s help, and since its inception has been a model for what IGRAB hopes to accomplish as an organizing body.
We believe IGRAB’s Bid Evaluation Committee erred in its interpretation of the IGRAB constitution when it allowed a non-member club to submit a bid. Fog Rugby feels very strongly that only member clubs who embody and actively pursue IGRAB’s stated goals should benefit from the worldwide attention and increased public profile that results from hosting The Bingham Cup®.
IGRAB has only a handful of tools available to pursue its mission of developing and deepening the organizational capacity of its member clubs. We would be misguided if we used that power to benefit a non-member club when a superb bid from a fellow IGRAB club exists.
Minneapolis has done the hard work it takes to establish and grow an IGRAB club. They have submitted a terrific bid and that is why we enthusiastically support them as hosts of The Bingham Cup® in 2010.