San Francisco Spikes -- Hot gay men in shorts

by Guy Welton

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday September 15, 2010

Every month interviews groups and individuals making a difference in the community. As part of our focus on athletics and sports teams, EDGE met up with Alan Trinh of the San Francisco Spikes soccer team.

If you want to see Alan and the team and are in San Francisco soon, come out to The Lookout in the Castro during Chris Hastings and Lord Martine's infamous JOCK Sundays to talk about gay sports and the difference their team is making in the community.

Team diversity

EDGE: Talk to me about diversity in sports, racism in the gay community has been a hot topic lately, do you see it in sports? On your team?

Alan Trinh: Diversity is such an important aspect in team sports, because players from different backgrounds bring a wealth of knowledge and skills that contribute to the team's growth and success. From personal experience, the Spikes team is a very multi-cultural group, and the reason why we get along so well is because we are all very open-minded and always willing to try new things.

As far as racism is concerned within the gay sports community, I've never been exposed to it, but I'm sure that it exists. It just doesn't make sense for a group - like the gay community - to discriminate against others when the group is fighting for equal rights and acceptance. It's R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S.

EDGE: As someone who has always been an athlete do you think there is a need for gay sports - meaning separate teams for gay only players?

Alan Trinh: Absolutely. Gay teams provide players with a comfortable environment where they can be themselves, and not have the fear of being rejected or taunted by other players, because of their sexual preference. I believe that gay teams help promote healthy life styles, pride within the community, and it boosts your confidence as an individual and as an athlete. Plus, for soccer, there's just something incredible sexy about a bunch of hot gay men in short shorts getting down and dirty on the field.

@ the Gay Games

EDGE: Your team went to the 2010 Gay Games, tell me what it was like, must have been amazing?

Alan Trinh: Amazing is an understatement - I would say that the gay games was lip biting good. The 2010 gay games was held in Cologne (Koln), Germany, and being that this was my first time to the gay games, I had a truly life changing experience. Aside from the fact that it was "hottie-central", it was astonishing to see hundreds of athletes compete from around the world, but at the same time, share the common factor that we are all gay.

EDGE: Has your team ever witnessed any name calling or gay bashing because of being gay when playing or traveling?

Alan Trinh: My teammates, who have been on the team for +10 years, have shared stories about when the Spikes first started playing in the straight leagues (25 years ago); the original Spikes had to endure a lot of gay bashing. Times have obviously changed since then, and I feel that we play in various leagues that are generally gay-friendly. It's inevitable that a gay person will run into someone who is not so gay-friendly, but why waste your energy on these people who are not even worth it? Who cares what others think? Just be proud, be happy, and do your thing!

EDGE: Why do guys who play soccer have such great legs?

Alan Trinh: We go hard for 90 minutes and use our legs in 11 different positions - that's hot ;)

But, if you want the technical definition: The forceful and explosive movements in soccer, such as: tackling, jumping, kicking, turning, and changing pace contribute to gains in muscle size, strength and power, which explains why soccer players have "nice legs".

On a separate note, tan lines are whole different story... You know you're a soccer player when you go to the beach and your legs have three different shades of color.

EDGE: Some people say gay teams are easier to join? Is this true?

Alan Trinh: I don't believe that it is necessarily "easier" to join a gay team as oppose to a "straight" team, but I can tell you that from experience, gay teams are more inviting and friendly with new players (especially if you're cute J). When I first joined the Spikes, I felt so comfortable, because for the very first time, I could combine two important aspects of my life: being gay and being a competitive soccer player.

For more about the San Francisco Spikes visit their website For more on JOCK at the Lookout, visit the Lookout's website.