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Bingham Cup madness takes over Sydney

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10597298 1473147416273663 2006279091 nThe world cup of Gay Rugby has kicked off in Sydney and the city is awash with burly, sexy, sporty and fabulous people - all vying to take home the cup, or take home a Rugby player.

Over 400 participants participated in a 'pub crawl' on Wednesday night, hosted by drag superstar, and longtime Sydney Convicts "Mascot" - Maxi Shield. The crowd was made up of visitors, players and officials - all having a fantastic time checking out Sydney's limited gay club and pub scene - but many venues do sponsor and support the clubs and the tournament.

The players and visitors to Sydney have been given the 5 star treatment by event organisers, from events at the iconic Opera House, the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) to nightclubs and even the rugby fields.

Slight rain hasnt dampened spirits, with Sydney's iconic Ocford street pumping with visitors, all clammering to catch a glimpse of world famous drag stars, gogo boys and DJs.

The competition continues over the weekend - so if you want to head out and be a part of the action, now is the time.

For all you Sydney siders - why not take part in the #GOCONVICTS campaign, change your social media profile shot or cover image to show your support for your local boys.

The first day of the Bingham Cup also coincides with Wear it Purple Day, when people around Australia will wear purple to support young people in being proud of who they are, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Many people at the grounds will be wearing purple to show their support.

The Bingham Cup is a gruelling tournament of intense rugby with 24 teams playing 6 games over three days.

Almost 1000 players and supporters representing 30 gay and inclusive rugby clubs from 15 countries have arrived in Australia for the Biennial event named after 9/11 terrorism hero Mark Bingham. 

Like Bingham, players at the tournament will smash misconceptions about gay people that often underpin the homophobia, which remains common in Australian sport.

A recent study found 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual and 75% of straight Australians said they had witnessed or experienced homophobia either as a player or spectator.

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