The Twin Cities Jacks, aka Lumberjacks, head to Cologne, Germany next August to compete in the men’s division at the 2010 Gay Games. The Jacks are the only LGBT soccer team from Minnesota that compete in national or international play. A fundraiser on Saturday at the Minneapolis Eagle will help the team raise funds for the trip.

The Twin Cities Jacks are a newly formed team, borne from the former Minneapolis-St. Paul Crush which competed at the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association Tournament last June in Washington, D.C. The Crush teamed up with the Dublin, Ireland Devils, and the “MinneDubs” racked up a winning record by beating the Philadelphia Falcons and tying the Toronto Titans and London Titans. The MinneDubs would go on to lose on the last day of play.

This year, the Jacks are fielding a full team and we are selling calendars to help raise funds for the trip to Germany. Full disclosure: I have a financial stake in the fundraiser, as I’m in the calendar and on the team!

Saturday, 23 January 2010 at 8 pm
Minneapolis Eagle / Bolt
515 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

From the invite:

Come help support your local GLBT soccer club. We will be having a silent auction with products and gift certificates supplied by local GLBT businesses including The Minneapolis Eagle, Wilde Roast Cafe, Smitten Kitten, Cockpit Project, Rainbow Road, Tickles Bar, Barbers on Bryant, UV Vodka and round trip air line tickets supplied by Sun Country and

With every sale of a calendar, you will automatically be entered for second chance drawing for a pair of round trip airline tickets.

Sales from the Beer Bust, Silent Auction and the Calendars will help theTC Jacks with expenses associated the the 2010 Gay Olympics in Cologne, Germany. Come Help support a great cause.

To see a preview or to purchase a calendar visit

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.