Paris Gay Games – Summer 2018

Author: , January 18th, 2018

Paris Gay Games 2018

The world’s LGBTQ communities will come together this August in beautiful Paris, for the 10th iteration of the Gay Games. Already, Paris has 5,000 athletes registered—a higher amount than previous hosts have reported this early in the process. Athletics and aquatics are the most popular sports, and golf is already sold out.

Organizers say they have more than 800 volunteers and a large number of organizational partners helping with Gay Games 10. They are confident in attracting more participants than previous hosts. The maximum capacity is 15,000 participants, and Paris officials say they expect 40,000 visitors—and some 300,000 spectators.

We spoke with Manuel Picaud, the co-président of Paris 2018, to get the scoop on the event.

TP: How will the Paris Gay Games differ from past iterations of the Games?

MP: Paris 2018 will host the first Gay Games in a French-speaking country—the same country where the Olympics were born. France is very passionate about sports. It will also be the site of the Olympics in 2024, the Rugby World Cup in 2023, the Golf Ryder Cup in 2018 and the Women’s World Championship of Soccer or Handball in 2019.

Gay Games in Paris will also be for the first time in a real capital city, in a city of culture and of art de vivre. Paris 2018–Gay Games 10 is also organized by a federation of organizations that has never been seen before. That means organizers have huge experience with organizing large sporting and cultural events like the International Tournament of Paris for 15 years.

And many national sports federations are committed to the success of the Gay Games. Finally, never has a city had such institutional support even from the President of the Republic (high patronage), the national and regional governments and, of course, the City of Paris.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Cleveland Gay Games Brought in Huge Revenue

Author: , February 21st, 2015

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Organizers say last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history.

Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe says the August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000.

Nobbe said at a forum held by the City Club of Cleveland Feb. 19 that $120,000 of the profits will go toward creating a fund at the Cleveland Foundation to continue to push for an inclusive and diverse northeast Ohio community. Another $27,000 will go to the Akron Community Foundation’s existing Gay Community Endowment Fund.

Full Story at Watermark | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

Cleveland Welcomes Gay Games With Open Arms

Author: , August 16th, 2014

Gay Games 9Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week.

“He was telling us horror stories about growing up here,” Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games with nearby Akron.

Gill said his teammate, who was raised in Cleveland, has been “humbled” by the progress the city has made and by the warm reception Gay Games participants have received. “People are just so thankful we’re here,” Gill said. “It’s exceeded all of my expectations.”

Other Games participants also praised Cleveland and Akron and called the host cities friendly and hospitable.

By Mark Gillispie – Full Story at the Star Tribune | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay Games Day One

Author: , August 11th, 2014

Gay Games - Michael KeyThe International Gay Games began on Saturday in Cleveland with several events culminating in the Opening Ceremony.

In the morning, a memorial quilt panel was unfurled as speakers remembered the early days of the Games and those who contributed to its founding. Following remarks and a musical performance, athletes kicked off the games with the Memorial International Rainbow Run.

In the early afternoon, Olympic legend Greg Louganis gave a talk at the City Club with Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard.

By Michael Key – Full Story at the Washington Blade | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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Cleveland on the Rise

Author: , July 22nd, 2014

Cleveland - Apple MapsSurely, not enough people. Like many Rust Belt cities, Cleveland’s associated with joblessness, dilapidation, and general unsavoriness. But contrary to these common views, the city’s been slowly transforming into an affordable enclave for the trendy, the foodies, and cost-conscious travelers of all kinds. The Tremont district, for example, is filling up with boutiques and quality restaurants — even Iron Chefs love the famous West Side Market. The next time you have a weekend to spare, here’s what you should include on your Cleveland itinerary:

Where to eat: New York has pizza. Philly has cheesesteaks. Cleveland has… grilled cheese. Melt, located in the cozy Lakewood neighborhood, serves up generous portions of pimped out sandwiches like grilled pierogies and cheese, or grilled chorizo and potatoes and cheese. The sandwiches, all served with a wall of fries, isn’t the cheapest at roughly $12 each, but they’re so worth every cent. Bonus: Tomato soup comes with a side of Goldfish crackers, as homey as it comes.

If you’re in the downtown neighborhood, Great Lakes Brewing Company dives into a taste of the Great Lakes. When ordering a hearty meal with German flair — the bratwurst is highly recommended ($14) — it’s essential to sip a beer like the chocolatey Edmund Fitzgerald Porter or a classic Dortmund Lager. For late night revelry, Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street offers a fantastic rooftop, while West 6th is the street of choice for bar hopping.

By Tommy Burson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

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How Gay Friendly is Cleveland?

Author: , July 19th, 2014

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Two weeks ago in San Francisco, I walked past a couple of guys in my hotel lobby wearing tutus, and pretty much nothing else. No one – not me, not the hotel staff, not my kids — batted an eyelash. And so it goes in San Francisco, where my vacation last month coincided with the city’s Pride festival, a major rainbow-hued celebration of LGBT progress in a place that perhaps best defines what it means to be gay friendly.

Gay media takes a close look at Cleveland in advance of Gay Games, and likes what it sees
It got me thinking about next month’s major gathering in Cleveland, when up to 20,000 visitors will descend on Northeast Ohio for the 2014 Gay Games, an event that began (not surprisingly) in San Francisco in 1982.

I worry: Are we up to the task? Is Cleveland gay friendly enough? And what does that even mean in 2014?

“Cleveland doesn’t have to be San Francisco,” said John Tanzella, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based group that connects LGBT travelers to gay-friendly businesses around the world. All it has to be, he said, is safe and welcoming.

By Susan Glaser – Full Story at The Plain Dealer | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources

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.

By Kevin Majoros – The Washington Blade | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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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Russian Gay Group Plans Games After Sochi Olympics

Author: , October 30th, 2013

RussiaA group in Russia has announced plans to hold a “gay games” in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.

Russia has been heavily criticised because a federal bill banning gay “propaganda”, which was signed into law by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in June.

It prescribes fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under the age of 18 – ranging from 4,000 roubles (#78) for an individual to 1m roubles (#19,620) for organisations.

Authored By – See the Full Story at Pink News

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