IGBO Southern Region
IGBO is rich and diverse, reflecting the organizations ideals of Unity, Fellowship and Communication. From it's original six member cities in 1980, to over 200 member leagues and tournaments worldwide, IGBO has grown into the largest International Gay and Lesbian sports organization in existence today. The amazing growth of Gay bowling is not surprising, as it is one sport that truly does not discriminate among its participants. Whether young or old, male or female, wheelchair bound or deaf, strong or weak, tall or short, bowling is a sport that virtually any living person can enjoy whether recreationally or as a member of a league. Gay and Lesbian leagues began emerging in the United States in the '70's, primarily as a social outlet for men and women who wished to fraternize with their "family" members in a non-bar atmosphere. IGBO was created out of a desire to unify all of the gay leagues, and open lines of communications between them, as well as promote the sport through league and tournament participation. Over the past 30 years, the organization has dealt with topical issues such as increasing participation by women, memorializing members who have succumbed to AIDS, raising funds for charitable organizations and the ongoing pursuit of increasing membership worldwide.
The Southern Region is comprised of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We have many leagues, tournaments, and members spread throughout the region and are home to some of the oldest tournaments in IGBO including DIXIE and FLIRT! As an active region we have tournaments happening in almost every month of the year and if you're located in or near the Southern Region you should make it a priority to get involved in a league and make your way to a tournament near you! You're guaranteed to have a great time and meet some great people!