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Rome Hosts AquaRomae, 1st International GLBT Swim Tournament


AquaRomae 2007, the first international GLBT swimming tournament, took place in Rome over the weekend. Here are some shots of the event, which took place in the Foro Italico, the site of the 1960 Olympic Games.

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Gay Italy's answer to Esther Williams, the synchronized swim team "SyncDifferent" gave a splashy performance.

The event was not without its cheeky political statements. Italy's government is considering a measure that would give gays and lesbians a broad range of new rights and has recently seen a number of protests.


A few more shots after the jump...







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  1. with all those manly frescos, the only gayer venue they could've held it in would be Bruce Weber's cabin. Unless there's a pool at Ted Haggard's megachurch...

    Posted by: | Apr 16, 2007 10:16:03 AM

  2. This was not the the first international GLBT swimming tournament as that would be IGLA, International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics. Gruppo Pesce Roma hosted "it's first international GLBT swimming tournament". Check out IGLA online at

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 16, 2007 10:58:05 AM

  3. Was there actually any competitive swimming at this event, or were people just walking around in bikinis or doing some show sync routines?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Apr 16, 2007 12:14:05 PM

  4. This is a MAJOR step forward for such a parochial culture. Most unmarried men still live with their mothers in Italy! Nice to see some cultural evolution --- some growth in Italy beyond paralyzing, guilt driven and deprecating Catholic dogma. I'm impressed --- we should understand that these guys are taking a courageous stand in a very hostile cultural environment.

    Posted by: Richard | Apr 16, 2007 12:51:04 PM

  5. Foro Italico is a wonderful place. In its entrance, there are great Fascist sculptures of male athletes, done by different Italian provinces in the 1930's, when it house some of the '36 Olympic competitions. It's well worth visiting, and getting access to its pool.

    Posted by: fabio | Apr 16, 2007 5:05:25 PM

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