Federation of Gay Games NEWS

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  • 18 Jun 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    After a long period of Injury and illness Chris Morgan has returned from the GPC European Powerlifting Championships in Nancy, France with a Gold Medal in the Masters 2, Unequipped Deadlift and has set a new British record at 235 kilos at a bodyweight of the 88.8 kilos class (90 Kilo Class). Chris will arrive at the Gay Games in Paris this summer as a current European and World Champion.


    Speaking about the recent European Championships, Chris said…

    "It's wonderful to be back in the Great Britain Team representing my country again, this time winning medals and setting records in Masters categories. Powerlifting as a sport has always helped with my own personal evolution, so to be back after a short career break, it feels wonderful."

    "What Powerlifting means to me has changed over this last few years, with me starting to enjoy the sport again thank to the members of GPC-GB,  I feel very grateful to have this  opportunity. After so many injuries over this last few years, it feels wonderful to be back in contention for medals and records."

    "I'm very much looking forward to representing the Federation of Gay Games in Paris as one of their Global Ambassadors, helping them to promote their Scholarship programme and assisting them to deliver the message of - Participation, Inclusion, Personal Best".

    The Gay Games are happening  in Paris on August 4 -12 and as of 16 June there are 9,500 participants already registered. Details about Gay Games can be found at www.paris2018.com  and www.gaygames.org Chris will be available to press and media from Friday 3rd to Wednesday 8 August in Paris.

    He may be contacted at chunky@chunkymuscle.com

    Forthcoming Competitions & Events 2018 - 2019
    July 2018 - LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (London, England) - Meet Director
    August 2018 - Federation of Gay Games (Paris, France) - Ambassador Duties
    Sept 2018 - GPC World Powerlifting Championships (Eger, Hungary) - Lifting and Refereeing
    May 2019 - GPC European Powerlifting Championships (Tiszakecske, Hungary) -Lifting and Refereeing
    July 2019 - LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (TBC - Bid Stage) - Meet Director
    October 2019 - GPC World Powerlifting Championships (Nove Zamky, Slovakia) - Lifting and Refereeing

  • 21 May 2018 7:19 AM | Anonymous

    "We have the right to choose love and to be loved," he says.


    Jingsen, or ASam, is a surfer from China.

    Reprinted from Outsports.com
    By Jim Buzinski  May 18, 2018

    A professional surfer in China has come out publicly as gay, believed to be the first Chinese athlete who has come out as LGBT.

    The surfer, Xu Jingsen, or ASam in an Anglicized translation, will attend the August Gay Games in Paris.

    In a post on China’s popular messaging service Weibo, read by more than 360,000 people, ASam explained his decision (as translated by the Federation of Gay Games and Bing):

    “Hello everyone! I am ASam. I will attend the global Gay Games in Paris, France, in August this year and serve as an ambassador. Life is human, the ultimate measure of our inner courage. Yes, I am gay.

    We have the right to choose love and to be loved. Sex, age and skin color are not shackles. We are all the same, living in the sun. Today, I am brave to be my most true self, and I see it as the greatest gift I have ever given. If my bravery brings comfort to those who feel lonely, and encourages them to support equality, then everything I do will be more meaningful.

    Thanks everyone

    The post was accompanied by ASam surfing against a rainbow backdrop:


    While homosexuality is legal in China, LGBT people still face societal and legal pressure. We can’t find another example of a Chinese athlete who has come out as LGBT. We also don’t know how extensive ASam’s athletic background is, though the World Surf database lists a Xu Jingsen who competed professionally in 2013.

    Surfing is not a sport at the Gay Games, but a photo from the Federation of Gay Games indicated ASam will be swimming and playing basketball. Regardless, he is taking a brave step forward for LGBT athletes from China.

    The 2022 Gay Games will be held in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.


  • 13 May 2018 6:12 AM | Anonymous

    LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland announced an official reunion of 2014 Gay Games participants as the closing event of Pride.


    Reprinted from Cleveland Patch
    May 11, 2018 10:59 am ET

    The Cleveland Foundation and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The Center) today announced an official reunion of 2014 Gay Games participants as the closing event of Pride in the CLE 2018. “Gay Games 9 Reunion Beach Brunch” is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Edgewater Beach.

    The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation (Gay Games 9) took place from August 9-16, 2014, in venues throughout Cleveland and Akron. More than 35 sports and cultural events were held, with more than 20,000 people from 50 countries participating and visiting. The event generated more than $52 million for the Northeast Ohio economy.

    “Before the world prepares to head to Paris, France in August to be part of Gay Games 10, we are thrilled to partner with The Center to celebrate the legacy and impact of Gay Games 9 in our community,” said Michael D. Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, Cleveland Foundation. “Pride in the CLE is an amazing opportunity to reunite thousands of Gay Games 9 athletes, volunteers and supporters from around our region while supporting The Center as it continues its critical mission of empowering the LGBTQ+ community.”

    Gay Games 9 Reunion Beach Brunch will take place on Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kite Field at Edgewater Beach (6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway), overlooking the shores of Lake Erie. Food, drinks, entertainment and a resource fair of Gay Games 9 community partners will be available during the event. Bronze, silver and gold medal ticket packages are available at http://bit.ly/GG9BeachBrunch with proceeds from the event to benefit The Center’s Facility Endowment Fund at the Cleveland Foundation, which will support the maintenance, upkeep and renovation of The Center's new facility. Tickets are required to attend the event.

    “We are honored to partner with the Cleveland Foundation to present the Gay Games 9 Reunion Beach Brunch. This event reminds us of the spirit of collaboration and partnership that made GG9 a success in Northeast Ohio,” said Phyllis Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. “The team of individuals working to present Pride in the CLE have continued the legacy of inclusion and cooperation to create experiences that we can all be proud of.”

    Each June, communities all over the world celebrate Pride to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that sparked the LGBTQ+ rights movement in America. Cleveland's traditions were among the very first of such celebrations started in the country. In March 2018, The Center and Cleveland Pride Inc. reached an agreement to consolidate Cleveland's two annual Pride events into a single annual event under the Pride in the CLE brand, which will include a series of fun, inclusive events throughout the community from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3. The Pride in the CLE march and festival will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Cleveland's Public Square. For more information on Pride in the CLE, visit www.prideinthecle.com.

  • 8 May 2018 8:36 PM | Anonymous

    Games open to all and are a "hymn to love" and social diversity



    Reprinted from Irish Times
    Wed, May 2, 2018, 19:17
    By Kitty Holland

    About 100 athletes will travel to Paris in August to take part in the 10th Gay Games.

    Founded in 1982 to promote the visibility of gay people in sport, they are now open to anyone who is competent in their sport, and are described as “a hymn to love” to advocate a society for social diversity.

    Irish athletes will take part in 40 sports, including running, boxing, badminton and soccer over the 10-day event, from August 4th.

    Aidan Walsh, chairman of the national committee for Team Ireland, said there remained a lack of role models for Irish gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in sports.

    While “rugby and GAA have been very good” there remained a dearth of role models for the community in soccer. He said there was about 20 per cent fewer LGBT people involved in sport than there were in the general population, and while reasons for this needed to be explored, it was “clear there remains a stigma” about being gay and interested in sports.

    Team Ireland is fundraising for a team kit, which Mr Walsh estimates would cost a total of €5,000-€6,000.

  • 3 May 2018 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    Squash champion Todd Harrity, who has twice picked up the US Nationals title, became the first openly gay man at the top of the sport this week.


    Reprinted from Pink News 30 April 2018. By Nick Duffy

    In a post to social media, the 27-year-old athlete wrote: “To everyone I know, and to all who know me, I have something that I am finally ready to get off my chest.

    “I am gay, and I’m ready to live my life as an openly gay man. I have decided to come out because I am convinced that having everyone know this about me is the only way I can truly be content. I also think it is what’s best for everyone around me, so that we can more fully understand each other.”

    “To the people that I have already told, thank you. I was not ready to have everyone know this about me. I appreciate you keeping my secret, and not telling any curious people who might have asked you.”

    He added: “To the Pro Squash world, we are a diverse group of different nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths. I don’t know how this will be received by everyone. But I have been dealing with this for a long time. This is what’s necessary for me to be myself, and best enjoy the rest of my time on the circuit, and beyond.”

    Harrity added: “I am not famous. But if I can be a source of inspiration to any others in a similar situation, I am pleased. This has not been easy for me. It has taken me a long time to accept myself as I am. But now I have, and am ready to put all of this behind me and move on with my life.”


    There are few openly gay men at the top levels of most professional sports, although there are many gay role models in women’s leagues.

    Last year the former world No.1 and No.2 female squash players came out as gay and revealed they’re actually a couple. Aussie champ Rachael Grinham and England’s Jenny Duncalf met through the sport, falling in love after competing against each other professionally. The pair, who between them hold six gold medals and a whopping 44 Tour titles, dominated the sport for years. The two players came out together in May 2017, explaining they want to help others “feel more comfortable in their own skin.”

    Duncalf wrote: “We felt that if by openly ‘coming out in professional sport’ we could help just one person feel more comfortable and encouraged about their own journey, then it would be more than worthwhile doing so.”

    Grinham added: “I think some people in sport, especially high profile sports, feel that they are contracted to have a certain image and are afraid that being gay would lose them fans and endorsements. But I also think it is way better today than it has been in the past thanks to all those who have endured tough times and rallied for gay rights. 20 years ago I would have been afraid of coming out publicly but I’m proud of the way people’s minds have opened in recent years and I can certainly say that I was confident that this news would get more positive feedback today than negative. And if we can help others, then it’s worth doing.”

  • 24 Feb 2018 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    Openly gay athletes at the 2018 Olympic Games are becoming fan favourites. When South Korean organizers failed to raise enough money to build a Pride House at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the Canadian Olympic Committee stepped in to help.

    Reprinted from the Vancouver Courier

    By Sandra Thomas

    February 22, 2018



    Adam Rippon (left) and Gus Kenworthy show some LGBTQ pride at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Rippon is the first openly gay man from the U.S. to win a Winter Olympic medal. Photograph By @GUSKENWORTHY / TWITTER

    The first Pride House was created in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics as a safe place for LGBTQ+ athletes, fans and their allies from across the globe to gather.

    And from photos available online, it looks like Pride House in PyeongChang is a big hit. Team Canada’s Eric Radford posted a selfie of himself and fiancé Spanish ice dancer Luis Fenero on Twitter Feb. 10 with the caption, “Was so nice to spend some time with this man at #canadahouse and #PrideHouse. #Olympics #pyeongchang2018 #pride #love #Fiancée.”

    Also frequenting Pride House is Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay man from the U.S. to win a Winter Olympic medal when he was awarded the bronze in the men’s free skate Feb. 11.

    English figure skater John Curry won the gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, but was outed by the media after having what he thought was an off-the-record conversation. Following that public outing, Curry faced more questions about his personal life than any of his athletic accomplishments. U.S. figure skater Brian Boitano won the gold in 1988, but didn’t publicly confirm he was gay for 25 years. Even the always over-the-top Jonny Weir didn’t officially come out until the year after he charmed the world at the 2010 Olympics.

    But in 2018, there are 15 openly gay and lesbian athletes competing at the Winter Games — and they’re winning medals. Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay Winter Olympian to win a gold medal, while Dutch skater Ireen Wust won a gold in the 1,500 metres and a silver medal in the 3,000 metres, making her the most decorated Dutch Olympic athlete ever. Wust has eight medals and is openly bisexual.

    It was freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy who broke the ice on opening day of the 2018 Olympic Games by posting a photo on Twitter stating, “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” But it was Rippon’s response to a question about what it’s like to be a gay athlete, that quickly made him an Olympic favourite.

    “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work, but usually done with better eyebrows.”


  • 24 Feb 2018 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    Six teams have already applied for this program. Make your team the next one!

    The Gay Games Uniform Program is back. Save big on customized NIKE merchandise for your team.


    If your team is getting ready for Gay Games 10 in Paris, don’t miss this opportunity to order customized NIKE wearable items at 30% discount prices. This program was a big hit in 2014 at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland + Akron…

    • 87% of participating teams were very satisfied with the program
    • 67% were glad they took part in the program
    • 57% said the merchandise was a great value
    • 71% said participating in this program was easy
    • 64% said people commented favorably about my team’s NIKE merchandise

    The Gay Games Uniform Program is launching earlier this time, giving more teams the opportunity to get top-quality NIKE merchandise featuring your team’s logo. Dozens of colors and styles are available. You can even add individual names and numbers to your team's uniforms.

    The exclusive Gay Games Uniform program is presented by the Federation of Gay Games, NIKE, and BSN Sports.

    If your team wishes to participate in this program, it’s easy. One person from the team should complete an online application and pay the required administrative fee. The designated “Uniform Captain” will then be contacted by a professional representative of BSN Sports to set up the customized online “My Team Store” that your team will use to shop for the items you choose.

    APPLY HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGUP

    Both FGG member organisations and non-member organisations in all countries are eligible to participate in this program. See the online application and program web page (https://gaygames.org/NIKE-Gay-Games-Uniform-Program) for full details.

    Make sure your team looks great in Paris. CLICK HERE for the Gay Games Uniform Program!

    Paris 2018 Gay Games 10 Official Merchandise can be purchased HERE.

  • 22 Feb 2018 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    Reprinted from EDGE Media Network

    by Andy Smith

    Thursday February 22, 2018


    Gay Games 9, Cleveland.  (Source:Jeff Kagen)

    With the liberating buzz generated by 2014 Olympic medalist and out athlete Gus Kenworthy cheering on new bestie Adam Rippon's medal-winning performance for the U.S. figure skating team at this year's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, it's an inspiring year to be an LGBTQ amateur athlete participating in the 2018 Paris Gay Games.

    Coming to Paris August 4-12, this year's historic event features a dynamic mix of traditional summer and winter sporting events, from figure skating and ice hockey to basketball. With many sports filling up, it's important to register ASAP to secure your spot.


    TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE.

  • 12 Feb 2018 2:18 AM | Anonymous

    On Saturday, February 3, International FrontRunners and the Federation of Gay Games held the kickoff of their quadrennial International Rainbow Memorial Run, which raises awareness both of the Gay Games and AIDS – a debilitating illness and an empowering event whose histories are interwoven in the defining moments of our community.

    reprinted with permission from the Bay Area Reporter

    If We Remember, Nothing Is Lost


    Previous Tom Waddell Award winners Gene Dermody, left, Brent Nicholson Earle, and Sara Waddell Lewinstein, attended the International Rainbow Memorial Run in San Francisco, which ended at United Nations Plaza. Photo: Eduardo Guardarramas

    By Roger Brigham

    The memorial run always begins in San Francisco – birthplace of the Gay Games and a crucial battleground for so much of the fight against AIDS – but has substantially changed with evolving circumstances through the years. Tom Waddell Award-winner Brent Nicholson Earle first organized it in 1990 as a relay run to Vancouver – the first time the Gay Games were held outside of San Francisco. Four years later it was a rollerblade relay across the country to New York City, host of Gay Games IV.

    To read the complete article, click HERE.

  • 10 Feb 2018 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    This year, Canada House will double as Pride House, offering a space for LGBT athletes from all competing countries.

    Reprinted from CBC.ca

    9 February 2018

    There are 13 out and proud LGBT athletes at the Winter Olympics, out of more than 3,000 competitors.

    While that number may seem low, it’s almost double the number who were out at Sochi — seven.

    “I promise, for every athlete that's out, there's at least one or two that aren’t,” said Mark Tewksbury, a Canadian swimmer who won Olympic gold in 1992, and later came out as gay.

    Homosexuality is under the radar in South Korea, with limited public discourse on LGBT rights, or support for the activists fighting for them.

    That lack of support showed recently when organizers failed to raise funds needed for an LGBT centre at the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang. But then Canada stepped in.

    Canada House will now double as Pride House. The first Pride House was in Vancouver in 2010.


    A powerful message greets all visitors to Canada House in #PyeongChang2018. “This is your house no matter who you are or where you come from”

    READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE.

    WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE GAY IN SOUTH KOREA?

    There are no laws against homosexuality in civil society in South Korea, but many LGBT people face family pressure to stay in the closet and even enter into heterosexual marriages, said John Cho, an assistant professor of global studies at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

    Cho did field research on gay men in South Korea, and found that most Koreans do not consider discussion of homosexuality within the public sphere to be an appropriate topic.

    Homosexuality has been politicized recently by members of the Christian right, he told The Current's guest host David Cochrane, who are using it "as a political tool to bolster its own power."

    The internet has had a galvanizing effect on the gay and lesbian movement in the country however.

    "A movement that had all but died in 2007," he said, "last year became this very vibrant movement that had 70,000 people show up for its pride parade."


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