Welcome

FLAG (Friends, Lesbians, and Gays) Flag Football is Boston’s premiere flag football league for the LGBTQ community and one of the largest gay sports league in Boston. Founded in 1998, we are a recreational football club playing on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, and we are committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable setting for those who want to play football and foster community. Since inception, we have grown from just 20 players in our first year to over 20 teams of 13 players in the fall of 2014.

Here are some great ways to get involved with our league:

Read more about us and playing flag football with our organization.

 

News + Events

Boston Living Center

Monday, May 18, 2015

FLAG Flag Football players are always willing to land a helping hand. When the Boston Living Center was short volunteers tonight, JJ Woods and Duane Gosley were happy to help out. Thank you for volunteering with this great organization tonight!

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Avon Breast Cancer Walk

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Thank you to our awesome group of volunteers at the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer. We appreciate your dedication to league volunteerism.

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Youth Pride and BAGLY Youth Prom

Saturday, May 16, 2015

What a day for volunteerism! During the day, players from Kiss My Ash as well as Brody Stara and Ryan Shannon volunteered at the Massachusetts Youth Pride Festival and Parade. In the evening, Robert Dunham and Steven Thornhill, were at the BAGLY Youth Prom volunteering as chaperones on our behalf. Despite missing registration this spring, they were thrilled to volunteer as an introduction to the league.

Everyone’s participation in volunteerism efforts is greatly appreciated. Thank you, and well done!

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Community Servings

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thank you to our fantastic group of volunteers for supporting Community Servings tonight. We appreciate your dedication!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Rosie Bowl Champions, Come On Eileens!

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The Rosie Bowl, named after the roses we hand out to all the maternal figures in our lives, also serves as our spring season FRIENDS + FAMILY DAY.

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Invite everyone you love and let’s fill up the sidelines! They’ll be there to cheer you on during your games and console you when/if you’re eliminated.

When you’re done playing, stick around and watch the remaining games to see who will become the
2015 Spring Season Champions…and the fun doesn’t stop there….

Come to the Blarney Stone at Saturday night 7pm for our SEASON-END PARTY!

We will celebrate the end of another successful season. The Blarney Stone is closing off the restaurant for us for the night, so we’ll have the place to ourselves. We encourage you to invite friends and family to join the festivities.

 


Boston Living Center

Monday, May 4, 2015

We had yet another amazing group of volunteers at the Boston Living Center tonight. Many players were from the Frank Underwoods. Great job to all!

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Community Servings’ LifeSavor

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thank you to players from Pinky Brewsters for volunteering at the Community Servings LifeSavor event tonight. You all did an amazing job as trolley hosts!

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Victory Programs’ Dinnerfest RED Party & Auction

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thank you to our players who volunteered at the Victory Programs Dinnerfest yesterday. Great job to you all!

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2015 FLAG Flag Football Scholarship Recipient – Joseph Piemonte

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Boston’s FLAG (Friends, Lesbians and Gays) Flag Football League is thrilled to award its third-annual $2,500 youth scholarship to Joseph Piemonte from East Longmeadow (MA) High School.

Joe is an openly gay student-athlete, perhaps the first to participate on his school’s cross country, swim, and track and field teams. He faced his share of obstacles on the way to becoming captain of his swim team and making it to States each of the last three years, including one indelible incident shortly after he came out his freshman year. As he walked onstage during his school’s pep rally, in front of his entire school community, two classmates yelled out, “Faggot!” Joe describes the experience as the worst in his life, but he refused to let that stop him from being an openly gay student and athlete. Throughout his years at East Longmeadow, Joe encouraged other LGBT students to join sports teams, and he is no longer the only openly gay athlete at his school. As Joe says, “I had the courage to join a sports team and be proud of who I was, showing other students it was okay to be yourself and that there was no reason to be scared.”

Recognizing that change needed to occur at his school, Joe created a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) during his sophomore year and has been president ever since. Under his leadership, the GSA has grown to over 50 members, held a Parent Information Night, and students have observed the Day of Silence, a Compliment Day, Anti-Bullying Week, and No Name-Calling Week. The GSA marched in the Pride parade in Northampton, and the GSA created a video to explain gender identity to the East Longmeadow student body. Additionally, Joe presented a workshop at the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Massachusetts conference titled Running a Successful GSA. His GSA advisor, Jennifer Faulkner, credits Joe with personally convincing more than 90% of the school’s faculty to put up “Safe Space” stickers in their classrooms and getting an impressive number of local businesses to contribute to the GSA’s fundraising efforts.

According to his principal, Dr. Gina Flanagan, “Joseph was instrumental in the development and leadership of our school’s Gay Straight Alliance. This organization has been instrumental in helping us create a safe and positive school environment for all students. Joseph has initiated many activities that have brought awareness to a wide variety of LGBTQ issues. As a result, our school is much more accepting and supportive of our LGBTQ students.” She goes on to praise him for his leadership in coordinating several school-wide initiatives and for his willingness to always step forward to serve his school community.

The achievement of which Joe is most proud is a professional development presentation he made this year for the teachers and staff at his school. He taught his teachers how to handle anti-gay name-calling and include LGBT voices in their classrooms and curricula.

Joe explains that while he has not yet determined where he will be attending college this fall, his goal for the future is “to help LGBT people, especially teens. I would like to come into schools and create a better environment for students to come to learn. I believe we can create a world where LGBT students will want to go to school, and play sports, because they feel accepted and comfortable in their own skin. In order to create this world, we must start one step at a time.”

Joseph Piemonte is a leader and role model who has dedicated himself to making high school sports, and high school itself, safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ youth. We honor him with this award and all of the attributes that led his GSA advisor and Latin teacher to say he “is one of the most amazing young people I have had the pleasure of working with in 13 years of teaching.” She went on to say, “I have personally witnessed other LGBT students coming to him for support, which he gives unstintingly…The legacy he’s left for our school is truly amazing, and I know generations of students will have cause to be grateful to his efforts to make our school more accepting.”
The FLAG Flag Football scholarship was established to recognize and honor a Massachusetts graduating high school senior who has made high school and/or community sports programs safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with our mission, students of all athletic skill levels, contributions, and achievement were encouraged to apply.

If you know a deserving student who will be a high school senior next year, please let her or him know about our scholarship! There are some amazing young people out there we would love to recognize.

 


Team Trivia Night

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 7:00pm
Cathedral Station | 1222 Washington Street, Boston

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

If after opening weekend concludes, you fear that you may not be the most talented team on the field… that sure as hell doesn’t mean you aren’t the most intelligent team off of the field (when it comes to largely random, useless facts)! Well, we have arranged a time and a place for you to prove it!

Cathedral Station has graciously agreed to block off the entire back dining area for the league to play trivia on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015! Come ready to compete for the ultimate grand prize: a free tour of the Harpoon Brewery for the winning team!

Even if you don’t know off of the top of your head that the capital city of Malaysia and its federal administrative centre are not the same, we are pretty sure that you can make yourself useful when it comes to such categories as Foods that End in “AMBURGER” and Colors that End in “URPLE.”

After two extremely well-attended events this past week, we hope to keep the trend going and have an awesome showing at Cathedral for a fun-filled night of STUMP trivia!

 


Boston Living Center

Monday, April 20, 2015

FLAG Flag Football players were happy to lend a helping hand when the BLC was short of volunteers this evening. Thank you to you all for a great night of volunteerism.

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Community Servings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thank you to players from the Red Hot Fireballerz for volunteering at Community Servings tonight. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

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Boston Living Center

Monday, April 6, 2015

Thank you to another fantastic group of FLAG Flag Football volunteers for a great night at the Boston Living Center. Great job!

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Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thank you to the 160+ players who came out today for the 1st ever FLAG Flag Football Scavenger Hunt! The fields weren’t ready for us but we made the most of it – when life gives you lemons…add vodka!! Thank you to Cathedral Station for their hospitality and congratulations to Jon Richardson and his Blue Job’s for their 1st place win!! Love this league!

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Victory Programs’ 2015 Manny Jefferson Award was presented to FLAG Flag Football

The Manny Jefferson Award is awarded to special individuals or organizations that have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism, shown a commitment to helping those in the care of Victory Programs, and helped improve Victory Programs’ programs and services.

On Tuesday, March 24th, FLAG Flag Football was honored at Victory Programs’ 40th Annual Gratitude Dinner in recognition of the league’s continued commitment to Victory Programs — including serving Monday night dinners at the Boston Living Center, raising funds as TIPS servers at the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner, and co-hosting the annual Summer Tea Dance.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have participated at these events over the years. We would also like to give a special thanks to Patrick Santos for his dedication, hard work, and commitment to all of our volunteerism efforts.

To learn more about Victory Programs, please visit http://www.vpi.org/.

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FLAG Flag Football Scholarship

Do you know a Massachusetts high school senior who has made high school and/or community sports safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally? If so, please encourage her or him to apply for our third annual $2,500 FLAG Flag Football scholarship!

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 10, 2015 and mailed to:

FLAG Flag Football
c/o Marc Lewis
519 Harrison Ave. #D412
Boston, MA 02118

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Boston Living Center

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thank you to Michael Chmielewski and Dave Connelly for volunteering at the Boston Living Center tonight. Well done!

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Registration for the 2015 Spring Season is now closed.

If you have any questions about registration or would like your name added to the wait list, please contact us at flagflagboston@gmail.com.

 


Community Servings

Monday, March 10, 2015

We had a great group of volunteers represent the league at Community Servings tonight. It was a busy but fun evening. Thank you to all of tonight’s volunteers for your dedication.

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Boston Living Center

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thank you to Michael Clisham for helping out at the BLC a last night on behalf of the league. You did a fantastic job!

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Boston Living Center

Monday, March 2, 2015

FLAG Flag Football volunteers were excited to return to the Boston Living Center this evening. Thank you to our amazing group of volunteers tonight, many who joined us from the 2014 Royal Blue Team. Great work everyone!

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13th Annual Snow Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and participated in our annual Snow Bowl competition today. After many, many years of the “experienced players” taking home the championship, the younger, scrappier players took home the victory. Congratulations, Red Rockets!

 


Community Servings

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you to players from Fuchsiarama for representing the league at Community Servings tonight. Way to go all!

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Boston Living Center

Monday, January 5, 2015

FLAG Flag Football players were excited to kick off 2015 with a great night of volunteerism at the Boston Living Center. Thank you to tonight’s participants for your dedication and enthusiasm.

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Community Servings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

We had yet another great volunteer group represent the league at Community Servings tonight. Thank you to players from light blue for your dedication.

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Community Servings

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thank you to players from You Go Glenn Cocoas for a great night at the BLC. You did an amazing job!

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Boston Living Center

Monday, December 1, 2014

Players from After Maroon Delight did a great job at Community Servings tonight. Thank you all for your volunteer service and for representing the league this evening!

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Victory Programs’ Celebration of Life Dinner

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FLAG Flag Football had a tremendous showing of support at The Boston Living Center Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner tonight. Our players and supporters were there both as volunteers and fundraising TIPS Servers for this great organization and event. Thank you to all of you for your dedication to volunteerism.

 


Congratulations to our 2014 Super Fabulous Bowl Champions, Royal Blue!

Saturday, November 15, 2015

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