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USA Water Polo highlights LGBTQ team in Washington DC

The Washington Wetskins have been welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer athletes to water polo.

The Washington Wetskins have brought together LGBTQ athletes in water polo for decades. They are now the subject of a USA Water Polo diversity campaign.

USA Water Polo has put together four videos celebrating diversity in the sport, and one of those videos features an LGBTQ water polo team.

The Washington Wetskins started years ago when some gay Washington, D.C., residents wanted to compete with one another in the Gay Games. The organization has grown to about 80 members today with people of different races, genders and sexual orientations. No, you don’t have to be LGBTQ to participate.

In the video, members talk about the importance of the Wetskins, including other non-LGBTQ clubs refusing to play against them in the 1990s.

Check out the video USA Water Polo put together here:

There are at least 16 LGBTQ water polo organizations around the world. You can find the list of these water polo organizations on the Web site for the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics.

The other diversity videos feature athletes and teams with mental disabilities, others with Latino roots, and another with physical disabilities.

Also, I gotta say, the Washington Wetskins is an inspired name for D.C.’s water polo team. It reminds me of another of my NFL-derivative favorites, the former LGBTQ flag football team in the Bay Area: The San Francisco 69ers.

Oh those silly gays.