United Church of Christ to Sponsor Gay Games 9

Author: , June 28th, 2014

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The UCC is going to sponsor the Gay Games 9 this year in Cleveland.

Towleroad.com reports:

This year, the United Church of Christ is set to become the first religious denomination to serve as a major sponsor of the Gay Games, The New York Times reports: The denomination, the United Church of Christ, has its headquarters in Cleveland, which, along with Akron, is one of two cities that will play host to the more than 35 sporting and cultural events scheduled to be part of Gay Games 9. Geography, however, is only one reason the church agreed to become a major sponsor; ideology loomed larger.

The UCC has really stepped up on LGBT rights this year, including the lawsuit in North Carolina for marriage equality. My mom is a UCC member, So proud.

By Kyler Geoffrey – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Counting Down to the Gay Games

Author: , May 22nd, 2014

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When Todd Harvey was living in Austin, Texas, he was looking to get back into the sport of swimming but was unable to find a team that was a good match for him.

At the end of 2012, his job in public health administration at the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors moved him to Washington and he was still itching to get back in the water. “I didn’t know many people here,” says Harvey, 34.

“Besides wanting to get back into swimming, I wanted to expand my friendship base in a healthy way.” He joined the District of Columbia Aquatics Club within a few months of moving to D.C. and has already proven himself a valuable asset to the team winning nine medals at the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships in Seattle last August.

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Counting Down to the Cleveland Gay Games

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Gay Games 2014 LogoLeading up to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Gerard Burley was traveling through Europe working as a model and competing in a low-level professional basketball league.

Burley met up with his basketball teammates from the D.C. Sentinels in Cologne and together, they won a bronze medal. It was Burley’s first Gay Games and looking back on it, he says all his focus was on winning. The D.C. Sentinels just wrapped up season two of the Washington, D.C. Gay Basketball League and used that momentum to claim the tournament title at the Coady Roundball Classic in Chicago earlier this month.

A Baltimore native, Burley’s sports background includes football, baseball and basketball. After competing on his high school’s baseball and basketball teams, he went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he played on the scrimmage team against the varsity players.

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Headliners Announced for the Gay Games in Cleveland in August

Author: , April 25th, 2014

Gay Games 9The 2014 Gay Games announced the entertainers who will headline the Opening Ceremony on August 9, which include Lance Bass, Andrea McArdle and the Pointe Sisters.

The Opening Ceremony is in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena, where it will feature a cast of more than 400 performers and a Parade of Athletes who are participating in the 2014 Gay Games.

LANCE BASS

Best known for being a member of ‘N Sync, he is a well-known gay rights advocate for the LGBT community. He also was the winner of the Humans Rights Campaign Visibility Role award.

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As Gay Games Approach, Cleveland Rocks

Author: , November 20th, 2013

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Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, will be ready for Gay Games 9 next August.
That was the message delivered during a recent media trip to Cleveland that highlighted spots where Gay Games activities will take place–and that featured venues that show the cultural aspects of the city.

Seeing the sites

One of Cleveland’s cultural highlights is PlayhouseSquare ( 1501 Euclid Ave.; www.playhousesquare.org ). Annually, more than 1 million guests visit the opulent theaters at PlayhouseSquare for more than 1,000 annual events including Broadway’s best shows, international and national performing acts and musicians.

The eight theaters–five of which have been beautifully restored to their splendor of the 1920s–make PlayhouseSquare the largest performing arts center in the nation outside of New York City.

Next, the writers had lunch at The Greenhouse Tavern ( 2038 E. Fourth St.; www.thegreenhousetavern.com ). Chef Jonathon Sawyer, a Cleveland native, evokes the farm-to-plate movement in the eatery’s extensive menu. ( By the way, as the first LEED-certified restaurant in Ohio, nearly everything inside is made of recycled or repurposed materials. ) The decor is captivating in a quirky kind of way–with bicycles adorning the venue, and with a bookcase with, yes, VHS tapes. As for the food, I’m still dreaming about the corn and creste pasta dish.

Authored By Andrew Davis – See the Full Story at Windy City

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Wallace Manor B&B, Cleveland, Ohio

Author: , September 21st, 2013

Wallace Manor B&B - Cleveland, OhioPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

An Elegant and Comfortable Oasis in the City: This historic property has been restored over the past 18 years with a B&B as its destiny. Each unique guest room has been furnished with the ultimate comfort of our guests in mind. Located between the historic centers of Ohio City and Gordon Square Arts District offering great restaurants and entertainment nearby.

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Gay Games Coming to Cleveland in 2014 – Better Than the Russian Olympics

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Gay Games 9 ClevelandThe two quadrennial international sports competitions taking place in 2014 — the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the Gay Games in Cleveland — couldn’t be setting more dissimilar tones.

Though it hasn’t been without its own controversies, next August, organizers of the Cleveland Gay Games are prepared to welcome the LGBT athletes that Russia vows to muzzle.

Rob Smitherman, sports and operations director for Cleveland’s Gay Games 9, said that, even as much of the western world begins to embrace LGBT rights, the continued need for the Gay Games couldn’t be more obvious since Russia and the IOC have begun warning athletes not to attempt to test the nation’s new anti-gay “propaganda” law.

“People need a place to come to feel that they are safe and to express themselves fully,” Smitherman said. “To be who they are, not feel like they have to hide in any way. And it’s still important.”

Authored By Phil Reese – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Marriott Hotels Supports the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio

Author: , August 18th, 2013

Marriott HotelsMarriott International is stepping up to the plate as a platinum sponsor and exclusive hotel partner for the world’s largest and most popular LGBT sport and cultural event, the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to have Marriott as our official hotel partner. Marriott is a corporate leader in diversity and inclusion and it is great that they are supporting the Gay Games,” says 2014 Gay Games Co-Chair Steve Sokany. “We look forward to a strong partnership that will help make the ninth Gay Games one of the best ever.”

The 2014 Gay Games run August 9-16, 2014, in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. The Games encompass 35-plus sports and cultural events. Built on the principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best(TM), the Games are open to all adults of any athletic ability.

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Cleveland – Art, Culture, Dining and More

Author: , July 18th, 2013

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I grew up with a chip on my shoulder about Cleveland. Tired of defending my hometown from nomenclatures such as “the mistake on the lake,” I eventually gave up and rolled my eyes as if to say ‘It’s not that bad.’ Well the underdog of the Rust Belt has reinvented itself once again, this time poised to be an international destination for culture, dining, and innovation. Watch out world, Cleveland is back on the map.

Of course, ask any Clevelander and they will probably rattle off one of the city’s various claims to fame. Perhaps it is the prized collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which opened in 1916, or the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Maybe it is Playhouse Square, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, or the Cleveland Indians, Browns, or Cavaliers–who no matter how much they win or lose, attract record-breaking crowds to sporting events year round.

What seems to be breaking the mold is not any singular institution or event, but rather a wide-eyed revelation–by locals and visitors alike–acknowledging that there is a hell of a lot happening in this town of less than 400,000 residents. For the LGBT community, the Gay Games next year is another feather in the cap of a city whose rainbow plumage is also gaining international recognition.

Authored By Joseph Pedro – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Insider’s Guide to Cleveland

Author: , April 22nd, 2013

Hollie Ksiezyk - Passport MagazinePassport Magazine gets the inside scoop on gay Cleveland from caterer Hollie Ksiezyk. Matthew Wexler reports:

Cleveland rocks, according to Hollie Ksiezyk who has been the catering sales manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland (1515 West 3rd St. Tel: 216-623-1300. www.ritzcarlton.com/cleveland) for the past five years. Her career in the hospitality industry began during college when she worked in a country club. A few years later, a friend started a concierge company, which she joined before moving on to work in catering and special events.

What Hollie loves about her current position is the Ritz-Carlton’s work culture and commitment to their guests. “We put our guests first,” says Ksiezyk, “Our guests are our bosses. It’s the ultimate form of pampering.” And what’s not to love? The property is the city’s only four-star, four-diamond hotel and offers great city views, easy access to attractions such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and one of the best Sunday brunches in town. Ksiezyk has also developed LGBT packages for guests and works with Positively Cleveland (the city’s visitor’s bureau) to cultivate gay tourism to the region.

Where are the coolest places to go for cocktails in Cleveland?

Cleveland is fortunate to have world-renowned chefs that welcome visitors to their hot spots for cool cocktails. Michael Symon’s Lola (2058 East 4th St. Tel: 216-621-5652. www.lolabistro.com) has an unbelievable wine selection. The rooftop of Jonathon Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern (2038 East 4th St. Tel: 216-443-0511. www.thegreenhousetavern.com) is one of the coolest places to hang out in Cleveland. The Tremont neighborhood (one of the city’s oldest areas) features Rocco Whalen’s Fahrenheit (2417 Professor Ave. Tel: 216-781-8858. www.fahrenheittremont.com) where you can get the best martini in town. And then there’s LUXE (6605 Detroit Ave. Tel: 216-920-0600. www.luxecleveland. com) in the Gordon Square Theater District, showcasing a salvaged Art Deco bar and rescued panels from the Terminal Tower.

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