Our goal is to raise US $100 per day for the 1,000 days leading to Gay Games 10 in Paris between 4 November 2015 and 5 August 2018. All donation levels are welcome, but each US $100 donation allows you to seize your own special day on the calendar to help the Federation of Gay Games “Change The World!”
Scholarship recipients at Gay Games VII 2006.
100% of your donation supports the Federation of Gay Games mission of “Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™.” This will be through targeted outreach and grassroots community development projects in Latin America (Pride House: Rio Olympics 2016); in Asia-Pacific (Annual General Assembly: Sydney 2016); and other underserved regions and constituents through our Annual General Assembly in Paris (2017); culminating in the largest gathering of global LGBT+ athletes, artists, advocates, and allies for Gay Games 10: Paris 2018.
For the 2014 Gay Games 9, the FGG provided scholarship support to 47 recipients from the countries of Croatia, Russia, South Africa, Macedonia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Brazil, Slovenia, Philippines, and Chile.
Thanks for helping change the world, and see you at Gay Games 10 in Paris!
Paris 2018 will host the 10th edition of the Gay Games from 4 – 12 August 2018. For more information: Paris 2018 — 4 to 12 August 2018 – www.paris2018.com Paris 2018 Logo Paris 2018 Banner 815×315 Paris 2018 Card … Continue reading →
Please consider supporting our efforts to send artists and athletes to Gay Games 10 Paris 2018 for #GivingTuesday, 1 December 2015. Click below to learn more about how you can help. CLICK HERE to support “Seize The Day” Scholarship Fund: $100 … Continue reading →
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By David Smith, Guest Blogger In the lead-up to the 2014 Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, I worked a lot with the “Champions” Ambassador Program to help promote the Gay Games and encourage people to participate. One of the … Continue reading →
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Major support of the Gay Games has contributed to Obama’s ever-growing legacy.
On 10 November, OUT magazine released its annual OUT100 issue with President Obama on the cover as “Ally of the Year.” President Obama is the first U.S. president to be photographed for an LGBT publication.
As the article states…
“The 44th President of the United States is our Ally of the Year—a president who came to office on a wave of euphoria, appeared to lose momentum halfway through, and has since rallied, helping us secure marriage equality, among other landmark initiatives that are transforming our place in America.
This is the first time a sitting president has been photographed for the cover of an LGBT title, a historic moment in itself, and a statement on how much his administration has done to advance a singularly volatile issue that tarnished the reputations of both President Clinton and President Bush. It might have tarnished this president, too, but for his late-hour conversion in 2012, which set the stage for the extraordinary succession of events that led to this year’s Supreme Court ruling, on June 26, making it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to wed. Many things led up to that decision—“decades of our brothers and sisters fighting for recognition and equality” as the president notes—but once his administration decided to join that fight it created what people like to call a “transformative” moment. It helped tip the balance, and it put our elected leader on the right side of justice.”
Barack Obama and his administration has supported the Gay Games movement several times in the past. The most visible manifestation of this was his videotaped speech shown at the Opening Ceremony of Gay Games 9 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. That video can be seen below.
Also, the Gay Games and its Board member Shamey Cramer were there in 2013 at the signing of the HOPE Act by President Obama. The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act now permits donated, HIV-positive organs to be used for transplantation in HIV-positive patients, a medical procedure previously prohibited by federal law. You can read the details of that event HERE.
The 2013 signing by US President Barack Obama of the HOPE Act. FGG Officer for Ceremonies Shamey Cramer (far left) appears along with (from left to right) Brian Boyarsky (the Johns Hopkins grad student whose paper started this entire process three years ago), Dr. Peter Stock, ASTS; Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), author of the House version; Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) co-sponsor); Dr. Solomon, AST; and Chris Collins, AmFaR.
By George Melichar, guest blogger I had been planning a visit to Chicago for almost a year and finally went there on 26-27 September. I checked into my flight the night before and posted onto social media a countdown to … Continue reading →
On 16 October, as part of its Annual General Assembly in Limerick, Ireland, the international Federation of Gay Games (FGG) board of directors announces the 2015 Legacy Awards to honor extraordinary contributions supporting the mission and values of the FGG. The elegant evening took … Continue reading →