Article I of the bylaws of the Federation of Gay Games states:
1. The purpose of The Federation of Gay Games, Inc. (the “Federation”) shall be to foster and augment the self-respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all sexually-fluid or gender-variant individuals (LGBT+) throughout the world and to promote respect and understanding, primarily through the sanctioning and oversight of the international quadrennial sport and cultural event known as the “Gay Games.”
2. The mission of the Federation is to promote equality through the organization of the premiere international LGBT and gay-friendly sports and cultural event known as the Gay Games.
3. The Federation’s guiding principles are Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™
4. Following the Federation’s guiding principle of inclusion, and consistent with the proper operation of the Federation’s activities, in the Federation’s internal operations and employment practice, as well as in the events for which it is responsible, there will be no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief, athletic/artistic ability, age, physical challenge, or health status.
The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games are San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland+Akron (2014), Paris (2018) and Hong Kong (2022).
“Gay Games,” “Federation of Gay Games,” the interlocking circles device, and the phrase “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best” are trademarks of the Federation of Gay Games, Inc. Trademarks are registered in the USA, Canada, Benelux, the UK, Germany, and Australia.