The Lezlympics: For the Discerning Lesbian Oil Wrestler

What started as an event founder Morgan Faye created in 2012 to watch lesbians do push ups for her birthday has taken on a life of its own. Now called the lezathlon, there are six events for participating teams to get down and dirty: the obstacle course, wheelbarrow racing, trivia, oil wrestling, balloon popping, and tug of war. Also, it benefits AIDS/LifeCycle so it’s all-around good.

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Let me start off by saying that it was hot.

The squad, melting.

The squad, melting.

The energy in the air was super reminiscent of a sporty lesbian summer camp. Or how I assume a sporty lesbian summer camp would be.

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Pusse Possy

Pusse Possy

Lick It or Ticket and a ref

Lick It or Ticket and a ref

Gay for Hillary team members

Gay for Hillary team members

Trivia

Trivia

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Me taking a break because I don’t do well in heat or sun or light or daytime.

Me taking a break because I don’t do well in heat or sun or light or daytime.

Oil wrestling was by far the most intense event. It got serious. Like, an ambulance was called.

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Lickalotapuss team members

Lickalotapuss team members

The trivia scoreboard made for a fun list of team names

The trivia scoreboard made for a fun list of team names

Goodboy and BounceHouse repping Milk Milk Lemonade on the tables

Goodboy and BounceHouse repping Milk Milk Lemonade on the tables

And then the nipples were freed.

Goodboy and BounceHouse repping Milk Milk Lemonade on the tables

This particular freeing of the nipple happened not because shirts suck and boobs are great but because of a more personal protest. Last Sunday (pride Sunday in LA), a member of this crowd was arrested for swimming topless in her apartment pool. She was not doing anything reckless, loud, crazy, belligerent, just swimming, with bottoms on. Without warning or a simple request to cover her chest her landlord called the cops and she was cuffed and taken into custody for 6 hours.

This happened in West Hollywood, during pride.

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But anyways. Back to the Lezlympics.

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Members of Lick It or Ticket

Members of Lick It or Ticket

Members of Clam Jam

Members of Clam Jam

Members of United Gaytions

Members of United Gaytions

Guys, I made a friend.

Guys, I made a friend.

Pusse Possy tugging

Pusse Possy tugging

Pusse Possy’s anchor had the right idea.

Pusse Possy’s anchor had the right idea.

There’s a pun in here somewhere about Lesbians and U-Hauls.

There’s a pun in here somewhere about Lesbians and U-Hauls.

Members of Butch Please

Members of Butch Please

The Lesbros taking 2nd Place

The Lesbros taking 2nd Place

And the champs were….

Lick It or Ticket

Lick It or Ticket

But don’t forget guys, we’re all winners.

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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

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23 Comments

  1. I’m surprised by the number of women I know in those pictures.

    Oil wrestling gets more and more intense every year – I don’t think there’s been a year without an injury. What happened to cause the ambulance this year?

  2. Cannot express my need for a Lickalotapus tee enough! I wish we had something like this in the UK…does anyone know if we do? Can we arrange it? And who can provide the weather because seriously.

  3. I really wish I was here !

    Last Sunday (pride Sunday in LA), a member of this crowd was arrested for swimming topless in her apartment pool. She was not doing anything reckless, loud, crazy, belligerent, just swimming, with bottoms on. Without warning or a simple request to cover her chest her landlord called the cops and she was cuffed and taken into custody for 6 hours.” WTF ?? I heard that it was forbidden to be topless in beach, is that true ? I have never wear the top of a bathing suit at the beach…

    My gf have the dream to do a competition of disabled sport for LGBTQIA+ people. Sadly, I think it is impossible in my country because there are not a lot of opportunity for disabled sport, so disabled sport for LGBTQIA+ people… But it would be so cool *-*

  4. My god, all this hotness together in one place it’s a bit much for my heart.

    In a more serious note, I loved how athletic the women with the smokes looked like. Is that an event in the competition? Like “Holding-Your-Cig-with-Panache”? Because I can go for that.

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