The silly season has drawn to a grimy close and dirty familial laundry is dry and put into the closet for another year.

Leaping from the closet in its stead will be the most gregarious, glittering gays and the butchest dykes pushing political wheelbarrows the length of Oxford St.

Behind the provocative, perverse and popular sequins of the year’s night of Sydney royalty, with more queens and kings than the European court, the Team Sydney Sports Festival is about to be unleashed with the fervour of a gladiatorial spectacle in the Colosseum.

Same-sex dancers will strike poses larger than life in an all-star event before highly credentialled judges and a sell-out crowd.

Bentstix hockey will be a little more bent in the Pink Cup event which follows a fundraising Viking Cruise to take a team to the World Outgames.

Still waters will no longer be safe as Stingers water polo dress down to ensure minimum drag in the water. The Surf Lifesavers strip off just because they can, the sun is shining, and what the hell; why not? But watch out below as SUBS conduct an annual Mardi Gras event. Sailors take to the water, cruising the swell of Rushcutters Gay.

Spokes body art ride must be seen to be believed. The growing men’s and women’s soccer clubs provide the opportunity to play with balls out in the field. Sydney Snake’s Carnivalesque provides an opportunity for you to learn the rules and join in to find out why this is Australia’s favourite sport.

Freezone challenges all to join in their volleyball tournament, the bowlers will fill lanes and greens to welcome newcomers and interstate or international guests.

If you are looking for a new racquet, why not try tennis with Tennis Sydney or Amazon Tennis? GSquash play the indoor version, and for those who like it small, there’s table tennis.

And let’s not forget the great job the Frontrunners did on Saturday at the Little Black Dress Run, supporting children living with HIV.

Surely this is the way to visit Sydney. View it from below, in and above the water. A warm, friendly environment welcomes you!

Visit the home of gay and lesbian sport. Team Sydney wants you to Get Out and Play: www.teamsydney.org.au

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