The movement launched by Dr Tom Waddell at Gay Games I in 1982 was a formidable action in favor of human rights and equality. Since then each times the Gay Games have been held they have continued to further the human rights mission of the Gay Games and the LGBT sport and culture movement.
The Federation of Gay Games carries on its mission of equality and human rights between Games, by collaborating with activists and organizations around the world, by launching initiatives, petitions, and letter-writing campaigns, by recognizing important contributions to equality in our annual awards, by participating in conferences, workshops and seminars, and by using its communication resources to highlight its work, that of its partners, and the outstanding contributions of its member organizations.
Each edition of the Gay Games contains specific human rights actions. But these are not sufficient. Human rights at the Gay Games cannot be just a slogan or a conference: they should be part of the fabric of the entire event, the organizations it partners with and contracts with, its marketing and communication operations, etc.
Of particular interest to the FGG are measures aimed at the following targets:
Youth, older participants, disabled participants, people with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions, trans and intersex people, racial and ethnic minorities, participants form Lesser Developed Countries, populations at risk from homophobia, women. This list is far from exclusive, and our hosts are encouraged to adapt their focus to the areas where they see the greatest need and where they feel the Gay Games can offer the greatest impact.