France: Paris Chosen to Host 2018 Gay Games

Author: , October 8th, 2013

Gay Games LogoParis was just chosen from three finalists (which also inclided London and Limerick) to host the 2018 Gay Games.

Edge Boston reports:

The international delegates and board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral presentation by each bidding organization. This meeting was held in Cleveland, host with Akron, of the 2014 Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation next year from 9-16 August.

The gay games in gay Paree… now with more gay marriage. 🙂

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Gay Games 2018 in London, Paris, or Limerick?

Author: , October 7th, 2013

Gay Games LogoJust before midnight on Monday, two friends from Tipperary will discover if a throwaway remark made 18 months ago has successfully transformed into arguably the most sensational coup in the history of Irish sport.

In Cleveland, Ohio, the Federation of Gay Games will decide if Limerick is to host the event in 2018.

Up against London and Paris, Ireland’s third largest city is in with a fighting chance of bringing the games Shannon-side – and with it an estimated tourism revenue injection of up to [euro]80m.

Authored By Graham Clifford – See the Full Story at Independent.ie

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Irish PM Backs Bid for Gay Games 2018

Author: , October 2nd, 2013

Taoiseach Enda KennyIreland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) has thrown his weight behind Limerick’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games.

In a letter to the judging committee, Enda Kenny said: “Limerick has some of the best sporting infrastructure in the country with the potential to provide a really fantastic backdrop for the Games. The utilisation of the University of Limerick Arena and Activity Centre, Thomond Park Stadium and the outdoor biking facilities at Ballyhoura, to name just a few, would help to make the 2018 Games an outstanding success.”

He added: “Above all else the competitors and their families will be assured of a world-famous Irish welcome with the passion and dedication of the event organisers combined with the friendly nature of the Irish people certain to make for a very memorable event.”

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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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.

See the Full Story at Breaking Travel News

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UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Backs London’s Bid for Gay Games 2018

Author: , July 15th, 2013

Gay Games LogoOver in the UK, London got a boost in its bid for the 2018 Gay Games. Gay Star News reports:

This morning Nick Clegg, the UK’s deputy prime minister met with the FGG delegates at the Barn Elms Boathouse on the River Thames where a crew from the Soho Rowing Club were being put through their paces. It was a warm summer’s morning in London and the sun’s reflection dazzled off the river. ‘The weather in London is always like this!’ Clegg declared enthusiastically as he greeted the FGG delegates. ‘We’ve shown what we can do with the Olympics in 2012, but it’s through events such as the Gay Games that the legacy of the Olympics will live on for London.’ said Clegg.

Hey, by 2018 with climate change, the weather in London might actually be “like this” all the time! Also in the running – Limerick and Paris.

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Ohio’s 2014 Gay Games Lands Two Major Sponsors

Author: , April 12th, 2013

Gay Games 2014 LogoNext year’s Gay Games, to be played in Cleveland, Ohio, just landed to major sponsors. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Cleveland Foundation will pay $250,000 to become the games’ first-ever presenting sponsor, Gay Games spokesman Tom Nobbe said Wednesday. The games, which are scheduled from Aug. 9-16, 2014 in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, will be known officially now as the “2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation.” “It gives us the opportunity to express our strong support for justice and equality for the LGBT community,” Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronald B. Richard told The Plain Dealer. “We’re more excited about making sure Cleveland is seen globally as a truly modern, inclusive city, where everybody is more than welcome.”

Having a presenting sponsor is a clear sign that the Gay Games is becoming recognized as a signature event. Anyone heading to Cleveland for the games next year?

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London Mayor Throws Support Behind Effort to Snag 2018 Gay Games, Offers Olympic Venues

Author: , January 13th, 2013

Gay Games LogoBoris Johnson is set to offer the Olympic stadium, and other of London’s high-profile sporting venues to organisers of the 2018 Gay Games.

On Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron voiced his support for a bid aiming to have the Gay Games brought to London in 2018.

If the bid is successful, events such as beach volleyball taking place at the Horse Guards Parade, reports the Sunday Times.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Iceland: The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championship Starts May 30th

Author: , April 21st, 2012

Iceland: The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championship Starts May 30thMay 30, 2012 marks the opening day of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.

There is an opening party that night at the famous Blue Lagoon, and the championship lasts for four days. Events this year include water polo, relay events, synchronized swimming, diving, and lap swimming.

On June 1st, there will be a midnight open water swimming challenge in the Nautholsvik neighborhood of Reykjavik. Nautholsvik is geothermal man-made beach, and this event is only for the toughest of athletes who can handle the northern Atlantic.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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More on Nepal’s Upcoming Gay Games

Author: , April 1st, 2012

This September, Nepal is set to host the country’s first – and indeed Asia’s first – national games for LGBT persons. Covering a two-week period, the games will showcase LGBT sportspersons competing in games and sports including volleyball, football, athletics, martial arts, tennis and more.

The games are being organised by the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s LGBT rights group. Sunil Babu Pant, head of the group and organiser of the games, said: “There will be five teams from each region of the country. And we expect over 200 people to take part.”

Mr Pant, who is Nepal’s first openly gay lawmaker, founded BDS in 2001 to protect the rights of LGBT persons in a country where sexual minorities are regularly discriminated against.

Full Story from Pink News

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