On 9 July 2019, Kile Ozier received one of the highest honors given by the Federation of Gay Games: Honorary Life Member status. This had been voted on by the FGG Board and Assembly at a recent annual meeting in Ireland. The award was presented to Kile by FGG Officer of Marketing Doug Litwin
The presentation took place on Castro Street in San Francisco, not far from a sidewalk plaque that honors Gay Games founder Dr. Tom Waddell (learn more about the Rainbow Honor Walk HERE).
See the entire list of Honorary Life Members HERE.
Upon receiving this honor, here is what Kile had to say...
"Way back in 1981-ish, shortly after I moved to San Francisco and came out, a new friend of mine introduced me to this guy, Tom, who was trying to create a “Gay Olympics.” My friend Russ thought we should know each other. I remember riding around town with Tom in his sports car (an MG, I think?) with flyers for a promotional event. I thought he was a great guy with a very cool idea and was happy to help out but despite having been a college athlete (swimming), I didn’t really consider myself a “sports guy.”
What an idiot.
I had no idea that what Tom envisioned would become a powerful reality; changing the lives of millions of men and women, worldwide… including mine.
A few years later, in Kezar Stadium for the Opening Ceremony; the fog cleared and I Got It. Watching the event grow, exponentially, in the following years was thrilling to witness. As the Games grew in magnitude to surpass the numbers of the Other Olympics and become the largest sports event in the world, and as the run-up to Gay Games IV in NYC began, I saw an opportunity for me to possibly support this sports phenomenon with Ceremony to match Tom’s Olympic Vision.
Fortunately, Willa Taylor agreed that I was The Guy, and hired me.
I was very lucky to be the right guy at the right place and the right time. The production team that gathered in NYC was an inspired, committed, generous collection of accomplished and experienced, world-class talent. Michael Graziano, Steve Gallagher, Alan Hatton, Jana Panarites, Jerry Mitchell, Jonathan Sheffer, Eric Schorr, Larry Baker, Rich Quigley, Steve Boyd, Dave Brunetti and scores of kickass production and creative talent from Broadway and off-Broadway theatre — all these men and women gave their all to make the Ceremonies world-class and raise the profile and athlete’s experience of the Games to the level they deserved… to create the Olympic Experience that Tom envisioned; for LGBT+ athletes to stride into a stadium in the bright light of day as Who They Are - brilliantly lit and enthusiastically celebrated.
We did that. None of us could have done that alone; none of us could have done that without the hard work done by teams and talent who set precedent in the previous quadrennials. I was lucky to have been given this opportunity and to continue beyond 1994 on and off the FGG Board and again with the 2006 Ceremonies in Chicago.
Through all of this, I’ve been privileged to meet, collaborate, debate, and work alongside men and women from across the globe who share commitment to the vision and dream.
To be recognized and acknowledged by the FGG in this way is both thrilling and humbling (that “humbling” may cause laughter in some quarters). Thank you to the Board and Members of the Federation of Gay Games for this Honor. I was and am honored to have been able to contribute to an unequaled legacy."
KILE OZIER GAY GAMES EXPERIENCE
1993 - 1994
Produced and Directed the Opening Ceremony (Wien Stadium @ Columbia University) and Closing Ceremony (Yankee Stadium) for Gay Games IV.
As a part of which commissioned and recorded
The FGG's own "Fanfare and Processional” - written by Eric Schorr
FGG anthem, “Take the Flame” - written by Henry Krieger (“Dream Girls,” “Kinky Boots”) and performed by Lillias White, and “Coming of Age” - written by Jonathan Sheffer
also Greg Louganis’ “coming out / welcome video” and
Tom Waddell Tribute video.
Talent: Judith Light, Bill T. Jones, Jerry Mitchell choreographer (“Legally Blond,” “Full Monty,” Director: “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Kinky Boots”) Cyndi Lauper, Patti LaBelle, Aprile Millo, Sir Ian McKellen, Armistead Maupin, Kathy Najimi, Harvey Fierstein, Crystal Waters, Phyllis Hyman, Desmond Child, Marga Gomez, Suzanne Westenhoefer, David Kopay, Lillias White, Aaron Lee Battle.
1998 - Amsterdam for Gay Games V
Participated in Swimming
1999 - Berlin for FGG annual meeting
Created the "Guidelines for Protocol & Ceremonies” as chair of a committee I can’t remember the name of for the FGG.
2002 - Sydney for Gay Games VI
Participated in Swimming
2006 - Chicago for Gay Games VII
Produced & Directed Opening Ceremonies for Gay Games VIII at Soldier Field,
Produced & Directed Closing Ceremonies at Wrigley Field
Bronze medal in Physique
Talent: Suzanne Westenhoefer, George Takei, Andy Bell (Erasure), Heather Small, Esera Tuaolo, Cyndi Lauper, Levi Kreis, Eric Himan, Kate Clinton, Margaret Cho, Megan Mullally, Kristine W., Shavonne Conroy, Keith Boykin,
2010 - Cologne for Gay Games VIII
Participated in Physique