Saskatoon

LGBTQ league in Saskatoon bowling for dollars

People who come out to the Queer Bowling League Tuesday nights at Eastview Bowl are raising money for LGBTQ youth initiative Pride Home.

OUTSaskatoon bowling night about more than just strikes and spares

Saskatoon's Queer Bowling League offers a lot more than an opportunity to wear cool shoes and retro shirts. It's also about giving back to the community. (Grant Linton / CBC News)

If the allure of retro shirts, cool shoes and the satisfying crash of hardwood pins aren't enough to get you bowling, then how about the opportunity to help out a local charity?.

Maybe a quick chat with Sean Ryan will win you over.

Bowling really started as a love of my life after as a child watching  Flintstones .- Sean Ryan 

"It's always crazy and fun, right? It's bowling," he said in an interview with CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.

Ryan is with OUTSaskatoon, a group that helps build the city's LGBTQ community and organizes a Queer Bowling League that raises money.

"Bowling really started as a love of my life after as a child watching Flintstones," Ryan said.

Sean Ryan said he's loved bowling since watching Fred and Barney do it on the cartoon series The Flintstones.

Strikes, spares and dollars 

People who come out to the Queer Bowling League Tuesday nights at Eastview Bowl are not just there to do their best Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble impression. They are also raising money for LGBTQ youth initiative Pride Home.

Ryan said that LGBTQ youth sometimes feel ostracized from their own families and peer groups and that Pride Home offers an alternative "so that they can be in a home where they can feel comfortable and safe within their own body."

Sean Ryan with OUTSaskatoon says the Queer Bowling League welcomes everyone. (CBC)

Added bonus to bowling 

As an added bonus, Ryan said he finds activities for the queer community are often centred on alcohol, but bowling night is not.

"I think that it is beneficial for our community to have different activities based around social interaction."

As with any activity that OUTSaskatoon offers, the Queer Bowling League is open to anyone. If you want to throw a few balls down the lane, have a few laughs, meet some people and help a worthy cause, you're welcome to join.

with files from Saskatoon Morning