International Gay Rugby Association and Board
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International Gay Rugby (Association and Board) (IGR) is the umbrella organization for the world's gay rugby clubs. It is dedicated to encouraging lesbians and gay men everywhere to play rugby. IGR is based in London, UK.
The Goals of IGR are to:
- Supervise a gay rugby world cup, known as the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament or Bingham Cup for short.
- Encourage the creation of more lesbian and gay friendly teams
IGR seeks to ensure its activities and rugby generally are inclusive in nature. IGR will strive to ensure that no individual shall be excluded from participating in IGR or rugby on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic ability, age, physical challenge, mental challenge, or health status.
The 2012-2016 IGR officers are Jeff Wilson, Chairman; Andrew Purchas, Vice-Chairman; Matthew Whiteley, Vice-Chairman; Duane Ward-Voerman, Treasurer; and Jon Glassmeyer, Secretary.
In 2002 a coordinating group of gay & bisexual rugby teams based around the globe got together to create IGR as the body to promote rugby as an all-inclusive non-discriminatory sport which everyone can play, regardless of sexuality. The formation of this body led to the inauguration of a new international rugby competition—a gay rugby world's cup—which in a unanimous decision by all the members of IGR became known as the Bingham Cup. Since then the Bingham Cup has been won by:
- 2002 - San Francisco Fog (tournament hosts)
- 2004 - San Francisco Fog (tournament hosted by London Kings Cross Steelers)
- 2006 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by New York Gotham Knights)
- 2008 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by Dublin Emerald Warriors)
- 2010 - Gotham Knights (tournament hosted by Minneapolis Mayhem RFC)
- 2012 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by Manchester Village Spartans RFC)
- 2014 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by Sydney Convicts RFC)
- 2016 - TBD (tournament hosted by Nashville Grizzlies RFC)
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