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THE SHOT: 2 Gold Medals for D.C.’s Gay Dragon Boat Team


THE SHOT — Members of Washington D.C.’s AQUA (Asian and Pacific Islanders Queers United for Action), competing under the team name Out 2 Paddle, taking part in Dragon Boat D.C.’s annual Potomac River race over the weekend, where they won two gold medals in the Festival Open. Says team member Reginald Reyes: “Proving not only to ourselves but to others that doubt our abilities in this field being we are not your typical dragon boat rowers. We march to our own drummer. As our team captain Lawrence Magali said it, our goal was first to have fun, second is visibility in our community and promoting a positive image of LGBT in DC and winning two gold medals is just the cherry on top!”

On:           May 18, 2009
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    • Duke

      Thanks, Queerty, for giving this coverage. Had I known about it ahead of time, I would have probably gone to the race.

      Too bad the Washington Blade didn’t have any mention of this. I imagine Out 2 Paddle would have appreciated our support. The Blade “missed the boat” on this one.

      May 18, 2009 at 10:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark M

      How cool is that!

      May 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dgz

      this is made of win.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay

      DC’s MetroWeekly magazine published a fun and inspiring cover story on this team:

      When they returned for their second year, Reyes says the team was ready for sneers and snickers. They decided that in this sink or swim arena, they were going to swim — fabulously.

      ”We thought they were going to make fun of us anyway, so I wore a tiara,” Reyes says playfully. ”That was when we won.”


      May 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlwaysGay

      Great! But make sure most members are gay otherwise there is no point in proving a gay team can win.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wei Lian

      @AlwaysGay: we’re all gay (with the exception of our fabulous lady drummer) and if you’re cute enough, maybe we’ll prove it to you

      May 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tommyb

      that’s awesome good for them!

      May 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tran

      It’s nice to see gays representing!

      May 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlwaysGay

      @Wei Lian: Excellent.

      May 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Yay, Gay!

      Good job OUT 2 Paddle! You guys ROCK! Free BJs for the whole team. Oops, did I say that out loud? Oh lighten up! it was in jest. Unless, they want to take me up on the offer(?) Hey, I am just saying a couple of them are really cute and I could rock their boat (rim shot, please).

      May 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ty

      I like the tiara, nice touch guys!

      May 18, 2009 at 11:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • luisito

      Go Gaysians!

      May 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jj

      They look familiar, esp the one next to the girl.

      May 21, 2009 at 7:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam

      Shouldn’t the girl wear the tiara?

      May 21, 2009 at 8:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KK

      Great Job Bois!

      May 26, 2009 at 7:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • E

      Great representing our people!

      Jun 11, 2009 at 11:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mojojojo

      How come this was never featured in the DC papers?

      Jun 19, 2009 at 7:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      Is the girl a big lez too?

      Jun 19, 2009 at 7:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 54

      I saw them during the race, they were amazing!
      It almost seemed effortless for them.
      Any of you boys can ride my boat anytime!

      Jun 19, 2009 at 7:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eric p

      Great JOb Out 2 Paddle!
      I like the name!

      Jun 19, 2009 at 7:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shawn

      It’s good to hear good news about gay activities and not just gay harassments and bashing! Keep up the good work boys!

      Jun 19, 2009 at 8:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Low Batt

      Why do asians all look alike?

      Jun 19, 2009 at 8:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt

      Be nice, no need to be mean.
      They are doing a great job representing a minority within the minority community. Thanks Jay for that informative link.
      I found their official site. http://www.aquadc.org/

      Jun 19, 2009 at 8:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • syn

      damn why the hater low batt?

      thanks for the link matt

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dan

      Nice very nice

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Victor

      How can I be part of the team?
      I’m gay but not asian.

      Jul 29, 2009 at 7:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stan

      Asian hotties!!!!

      Jul 29, 2009 at 7:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Edgar

      This is a good example of minority gays showing visibility in our community. Great Job!

      Apr 7, 2010 at 7:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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