Sports Complex, my athletics column, focused on the LGBT sports community, from 1996 to 2006. Some of my favorite columns and features are archived on my (somewhat antiquated) website www.sportscomplex.org
Sporting Life, GLBT Athletics and Cultural Change From the 1960s to Today,
the expansive exhibit I designed and curated, attracted 1000s of visitors, local and visiting teams during its two-year run. I received a Certificate of Recognition from then-Senator Mark Leno.
It is the emotional impact of actually seeing the physical evidence, the personal sports memorabilia of our community so proudly displayed, which will connect with a much wider audience and secure this exhibit's place in GLBT history.
The rich and colorful exhibit... documents the thriving gay athletic scene that includes such organizations as the San Francisco Gay Softball League, the Frontrunners running club, the Spikes soccer club and the San Francisco Track and Field Club. The exhibit is filled with rare items, gleaming under lights and organized by sport from track and field to bowling. In one case are original medals from the first Gay Games that had to have the word "Olympics" removed because of an injunction filed by the United States Olympic Committee.
–Sean Webby, San Jose Mercury News
Provenzano, the guest curator and designer of the exhibit, and (Don) Romesburg, the exhibit director, have done a first-rate job in helping capture the underappreciated role gays and lesbians have had in helping shape sports.
–Dwight Chapin, Senior Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Sports columnist Jim Provenzano has fashioned an Emerald City version of a school gym's trophy cabinet, illustrating the community's inclusive reputation, and surpassing straight sports culture.
– Bay Area Reporter
Selected photos 1998 to 2018
from a tiny plane ride to St. Croix (1990), and a door decoration in Florence (1995). c. Jim Provenzano
Diver at Gay Games VI in Sydney, 2002; hockey at GGVI, softball in SF, water polo in Palo Alto. c. Jim Provenzano
The Baptist church behind demolition of the overpass. c. Jim Provenzano
Male nude statue in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, 2015. c. Jim Provenzano
Peggy L'Eggs rocks out with her band at a Pink Saturday pre-Pride concert in 2003. c. Jim Provenzano
Transformer costume assembly in the lobby of the Moscone Center, San Francisco, 2010. c. Jim Provenzano
Day of the Dead parade in San Francisco. c. Jim Provenzano
Cycling and wind-sailing at Burning Man, 2001. c. Jim Provenzano
The former musican with his beloved dog, for a Bay Area Reporter interview. c. Jim Provenzano