Queen City Pigs representing Cincinnati in National Gay Flag Football League's Pride Bowl

Takes place in Chicago during Pride Weekend
Posted at 7:50 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 08:11:06-04

CINCINNATI — As Cincinnati’s Pride weekend prepares to kick off, one LGBT organization has hit the road and won’t be taking part in local events.

Instead, they’re in Chicago, representing the entire Queen City, gay or straight.

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To some, the NFL is known as the “No Fun League” — a bottom-line business where living on the edge is the lifestyle.

Then there’s the NGFFL — that's the National Gay Flag Football League.

Think of them as the anti-No Fun League.

When people talk about how sports is more than just about the game on the field, they’re talking about teams like Cincinnati’s NGFFL team, the Queen City Pigs, a collection of mostly gay men here in Cincinnati that play for more than just points.

They also play for pride.

Athletics, some of the Pigs say, is still not an even playing field for many in their community.

“We have a long way to go, and athletics is one of those realms,” said Vinny Sathe, the Paul Brown of gay flag football here in Cincinnati. He’s also the team’s quarterback.

He and J.P. Carter — the team’s Bill Walsh, if you will — cooked up the idea to be the first gay flag football team in the city.

The Pigs make their national debut this weekend at the Pride Bowl, a Chicago event that boasts some 500 participants.