MISSION & VISION
The mission of the Federation of Gay Games is to promote equality, diversity and inclusion through sport and culture.
The Gay Games is built upon the core principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™. Based on these values, since 1982, the Gay Games have brought together people from all over the world, with diversity, respect, equality, solidarity, and sharing. The Gay Games is open to all, young or old, athlete or artist, experienced or novice, gay or straight.
It is a fundamental principle of the Federation of Gay Games that all activities conducted under its auspices shall be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic/artistic ability, physical challenge, age, 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 for the first time co-hosted in 2 cities in difrerent continents Guadalajara and Hong Kong (2023).
August 2022: The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) released the updated Gender Policy to make the Games more inclusive which will be applied in Gay Games 11 in Hong Kong and Guadalajara. Read the policy here