The Boston Gay Basketball League is an organization in the greater Boston area free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or sexual orientation, with special emphasis on the participation of the LGBTQ community. It is a recreational league founded on diversity, equal opportunity and respect, and prides itself on establishing and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all participants.


Historically, there has been decreased access to sports for women, members of the LGBTQ community and people of color. Not only does the league seek to alleviate those barriers, but we believe there is value in diversity – both for the league and for those who play in it. In the hopes of addressing historical inequities in sport, the WBGBL is a league that embraces all members of the LGBTQ community, whether one identifies as a woman or was born one. The league promotes sportsmanship and camaraderie and strives to eliminate negative stereotypes associated with LGBTQ athletics. Beginners are always welcome, as are players of all experience.  In conclusion, as an LGBTQ community organization not pursuing amateur or professional standards of play, our policy reflects a model of acceptance and inclusivity.

1.  When was the Gay Basketball League formed?
The league was formed in the fall of 1994.

2.  Where are games held? 
Games are held at the Boston University Fitness & Recreation Center, located on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. The nearest train is the St. Paul stop on the Green Line. 

3. When does the season begin? 
The season will begin the first week of January. New players will be asked to attend one of two new player nights in early December. 

4. How many games do you play?
We play 13 games during the regular season, followed by 3 rounds (8-4-2 format) of playoff games.  

5.  How many levels are there? 
There is one level of play.

6.  What days are games held? 
The majority of games are played on Sundays from 9 - 12 or Thursday from 7-10, with few exceptions. 

7.  Are there games on other nights? 
In the event of a weather cancellation or time conflict, we may play on a Thursday evening or Sunday afternoon, if necessary.

8.  I don't know that much about the game, can I still participate? 
Absolutely. Beginners are always welcome, as are players of all experience.

9.  How are the teams picked? 
Players are chosen through a draft system by the league captains before the league begins.

10.  Are there playoffs? 
Yes. At the conclusion of each season the teams battle it out in playoffs to win their division championship followed by an end of the year banquet with trophies and awards. 


11.  Are there practice sessions? 
Nope! Just weekly games. 

12.  How much does it cost to participate? 
Player fees for the 2017-2018 season are $190.25 per player. That includes up to 14 games and access one night of pick-up per week. 

13.  Do you have to be gay to play in the league? 

Absolutely not. The league fosters an athletic environment free of discrimination for members and friends of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. It also promotes positive values in our community and will fight to eliminate negative stereotypes associated with LGBTQ athletics.

14.  How does one become a sponsor of a team? 
We love league sponsors! Sponsorship includes your logo on our website, a team named after your business, access to our listserv to help promote your business and specialized events or offers to help


15. Can trans or genderqueer people play in the league?

Yes (see below).


Trans persons display a great deal of physical variation, just as there is a great deal of variation in physical size and ability among cisgender women and men. The range of skills within the league is what makes it so special, and therefore we ensure teams are made as equitable as possible via a drafting process. If any member of the team is deemed “dangerous,” or unsafe, we will address that behavior, regardless of that person’s gender identity.

The legitimate privacy interests of all participants should be protected and preserved – no one who identifies as a woman, or within the LGBTQ community, should be questioned regarding his/her/their gender or gender identity.


We look forward to another great season in 2019-20!