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  • 22 Feb 2018 11:16 | 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.

  • 11 Feb 2018 17:18 | 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.

  • 09 Feb 2018 23:51 | 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."


  • 08 Feb 2018 09:50 | Anonymous

    Check out a really nice video from Denver Westword that features two Colorado athletes busy preparing for Gay Games 10 in Paris:

    Joshua Koch, diving
    Dirk "David" Smith, swimming

    Link to video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/denverwestword/videos/

  • 07 Feb 2018 12:48 | Anonymous

    The excitement surrounding the historic 10th Gay Games intensified by the romance of Paris is driving a high level of early registrations for the August event.



    Reprinted from EDGE Media Network
    by Andy Smith
    Monday Feb 5, 2018


    With more than 40,000 visitors, up to 15,000 active participants and 3,000 volunteers expected, reservations for the Games and accommodation are filling up. The Games' golf and tennis events are already full and a number of other events are nearing capacity. Pie charts on web pages (www.paris2018.com) for each designated event indicate the number of participants who have already registered.

    Gay Games 10 not only will feature swimming, track & field and other summer events, but also two sports associated with the upcoming Winter Olympics: figure skating and ice hockey.

    Paris 2018 is especially exciting because approximately 20 athletes and musicians who participated in every edition of the games since Gay Games I in San Francisco (1982) will be returning for Gay Games 10, according to Doug Litwin, Officer of Marketing, Federation of Gay Games. Former Olympian Dr. Tom Waddell, who came out in the 1970s after participating in track & field at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, founded the games 36 years ago.


    Gene Dermody - Full Nelson

    Gene Dermody displays his gold medal Gay Games VI in Sydney, 2002.  (Source:Federation of Gay Games)

    Gene Dermody - Full Nelson

    One of these veteran competitors is wrestler Gene Dermody, who, at age 69, is planning to compete in Paris and then retire from the Games shortly after. It's been a satisfying and emotional journey since his first Games in 1982.

    Dermody learned about the Games when we saw a poster in Greenwich Village. His experience was so transformative that he moved to San Francisco and built a more integrated life as an out gay man.

    Gay Games founder and former Olympic track & field competitor Tom Waddell (1968 Summer Games) presented Dermody with the Bronze Medal he won at his first Games. "It was a mind-blowing experience. We had a huge wrestling tournament and I'd finally found my tribe."

    All the athletes have indelible memories of the competition. A former member of the New York University wrestling team, Gino thought he was "a hotshot wrestler" when he first participated in the Gay Games. However, he soon learned the competition at the highest level was extremely competitive. He did well most years but didn't come out on top until he traveled to Australia two decades later.

    "My most memorable experience was in Sydney in 2002 for Gay Games VI, when I finally won a gold medal," he says. "It was amazing. I had injured my Achilles in the first match and then had to win over seven other guys."


    James Hahn - Aiming for 15

    James Hahn sporting a shirt from Gay Games VIII, Cologne.  (Source:Federation of Gay Games)

    James Hahn - Aiming for 15

    James Hahn isn't just happy to be attending his tenth gay games; he has long-term plans. "My first Games was in 1982 when I was just 21 and I hope to make it all the way to Gay Games XV in 2038," says the San Francisco-based bowler. 

    He's seen many changes through the years, as cities evolved from acceptance (or reluctant acceptance) to actively courting the Games-a tremendous opportunity for each site's tourism industry.

    "It is my observation that major municipalities throughout the world now court the Gay Games. We have approximately the same number of participants as the Olympics, we use many of the same venues, we have many of the same sports as the Olympics, and it takes a significant amount of money and volunteers to produce the Gay Games."


    Charlie Carson - Making a Splash

    Charlie Carson atop the medal podium (center) at Gay Games I, San Francisco.  (Source:Federation of Gay Games)

    Charlie Carson - Making a Splash

    New York-based Charlie Carson will be swimming in his tenth Games. "There are six swimmers who've been to all of the Gay Games, (though) I'm the only one not from a California team," says Carson.

    His most memorable event remains the first. "Definitely walking into the opening ceremony at Gay Games I, with 1,300 participants parading into Kezar Stadium to the theme from 'Chariots of Fire' with several thousand others in the stands yelling. It was a watershed moment and we were thrilled to be there. It's hard to convey how different an event this was for LGBT people being open about who they were then the norm back then," Carson says.

    "Except for political gay pride marches, there hadn't been anything like it in public before."

    To learn more and register to participate before your event is full, visit
    Registration link: https://parisgaygames.fusesport.com/registration/395/
    Main site: https://www.paris2018.com

    Follow Gay Games 10 on social media:
    Facebook Federation of Gay Games
    Facebook Paris 2018
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Twitter
    #gaygames #allequal


  • 03 Feb 2018 21:51 | Anonymous

    Gay Games Ambassador Esera Tuaolo’s inaugural Inclusion Party at the Super Bowl was a big hit in Minneapolis on Wednesday night, attracting hundreds of revelers expressing support for LGBT inclusion in football.




    Former Minnesota Viking defensive ends Esera Tuaolo and Carl Eller celebrated inclusion at Tuaolo’s Super Bowl party. Photo: Steve Elbert


    Reprinted from Outsports
    2 February 2018
    By Cyd Zeigler

    Tuaolo, a former NFL player who came out publicly as gay after he retired, wanted to create a tentpole event around the Super Bowl to continue the push for equality and inclusion in his beloved sport of football. Tuaolo called the Super Bowl in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis an “amazing opportunity” to demonstrate inclusion in the NFL.

    Among the approximately 300 people in attendance Wednesday night were Minnesota Vikingslegends Robert Smith and Carl Eller, Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, and openly gay sports writers Chris Hine and Steve Buckley. A number of athletes and coaches profiled by Outsports were also in attendance, including Justin Rabon, Brad Neumann and Lars Egge. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also took time out of his busy schedule to attend and say a few words.

    The entertainment for the night, hosted at the Pourhouse in Downtown Minneapolis, was provided mostly by Tuaolo and his compatriots on last season’s The Voice. Wonderful singers like Natalie Stovall, Kristi Hoopes, Rebecca Brunner, Adam Cunningham, Keisha Renee, Mitchell Lee and Dennis Drummond joined Tuaolo on stage for some fantastic performances.

    Proceeds from the event, in addition to successful silent and online auctions, went toward local Minnesota LGBT charities, including Hate Is WrongPacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Avenues For Homeless Youth.

    With the Super Bowl in Atlanta next year, Tuaolo will continue his Inclusion Party. He played defensive end for both the Vikings and Falcons during his NFL career.




  • 26 Jan 2018 15:12 | Anonymous

    Reprinted from Connect Sports

    By Matt Swenson, January 11, 2018


    (second part of a two-part article. Note event #17 below!)


    13. Rugby World Cup Sevens - July 20-22

     No sport benefited from a boost from the Rio Olympics more than Rugby Sevens. Two years later, the sport invades AT&T Park in San Francisco. The men’s field features 24 teams, and there are 16 squads in the women’s competition. It’s only the third time the world cup will include both genders.

    14. Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals - July 21-28

    Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will host the country’s largest longstanding annual multisport event for youth with a physical disability and/or visual impairment. More than 300 athletes and their families will be on hand as the destination puts a central focus on adaptive sports.

    15. AAU Junior Olympic Games - July 25-Aug 4

    Des Moines, Iowa, is expecting about 15,000 athletes to compete in the 16-sport competition. The destination hosted the event previous in 2014, 2009 and 2004. Other areas to host on multiple occasions include Detroit, Houston, New Orleans and Hampton Roads, Virginia—talk about good company!

    16. Flag Football World Championship - July 28 -29

    In what promises to be one of the biggest events in the country’s largest sports complex, more than 225 teams are expected to compete at Grand Park in Hamilton County, Indiana. Beyond the 4,000-plus room nights, the Flag Football World Championship will bring coveted television exposure to the area outside of Indianapolis.

    17. Gay Games 10 - Aug. 4-12

    Six years before Paris hosts the Summer Olympics for the first time in a century, the City of Lights is the backdrop for the Gay Games. The quadrennial LGBTQ event—dating back 32 years—is expected to bring together 15,000 participants from 70 countries. Figure skating is a welcomed addition to the lineup featuring at least 36 sports. The Gay Games will next be held in Hong Kong, another major international destination that was awarded the 2022 event late last year.

    18. OneHockey’s Holiday Invite 2018 - Dec. 27-30

    The goal of the Holiday Invite is no less than to set a new Guinness World Record for largest hockey tournament event. OneHockey and the Michigan Hockey Association hope this four-day event will feature as many as 1,000 boys and girls teams, totaling 18,000 or more players from 10 countries.

  • 24 Jan 2018 14:42 | Anonymous

    Reprinted from Guardian.com  23 January 2018

    Looking for inspiration for your travels? Browse our 40 fabulous destinations around the world from capitals of culture to palm-fringed beaches, remote wildernesses to a new museum at the Pyramids.

    Above The Parc des Princes (top) and Jean-Bouin stadia by Robbert Frank Hagens/Alamy

    (Below is the section which highlights Paris as a destination. To read the complete article, click the link above)

    The most open sports event in the world gets underway in Paris this summer, with the start of the 10th Gay Games at the Stade Jean-Bouin. The games, which have been running every four years since 1982, were founded by the late US Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell to challenge negative stereotypes, combat homophobia and give the gay community dignity. But they are open to all, according to the founding principles of diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing. “We want the widest possible participation, regardless of age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, health status or athletic ability. Everyone is welcome,” says the Federation of Gay Games website. To that end, around 40,000 fans are expected to cheer on 15,000 amateur athletes from 70 countries who will participate in 36 sports from track-and field-classics to events such as the roller derby, the pink flamingo (a kind of water show) and, naturally, pétanque. But, more significantly, this is a celebration of inclusion, so there will be parties, concerts, fashion shows and art exhibitions, too. It’s all part of mayor Anne Hidalgo’s initiative to make Paris “the city of all lovers.”

    Gay Games 10, 4-12 August

  • 11 Jan 2018 11:35 | Anonymous

    He will become first publicly out U.S. male Olympic skater.



    San Jose, CA - January 4: Adam Rippon reacts after finishing his routine in the championship men short program during day 2 of the 2018 U.S. figure skating championships at SAP center on January 4, 2018 in San Jose, California. (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


    Reprinted from Outsports

    By Jim Buzinski  Jan 7, 2018

    Adam Rippon will finally get to live his Olympic dream after he was selected as one of three men’s skaters on the U.S. Olympic team on Sunday.

    “I’m really grateful that the selection committee looked at my body of work over the last two seasons,” Rippon said. “… I feel that my experience will help me have my best performances at the Olympic Games, and it feels amazing to say that.”

    Rippon, 28, was the final U.S. skater selected, beating out Ross Miner. Nathan Chen, 18, and Vincent Zhou, 17, are the other team members. Rippon won the slot despite a fourth-place finish at the U.S. nationals Saturday night (Miner finished second). But Rippon was credited with a more consistent performances over the course of the skating year.

    When a reporter asked the skaters Sunday: “What will it be like for you guys to have somebody a decade older as your teammate? And Adam, what are your plans for the kids?” Rippon replied: “I’m honored to be their father.”

    Rippon will become the first openly gay U.S. male skater to compete in the Olympics. He will be joined as an openly gay athlete on the ice by Canadian pairs skater Eric Radford. U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is also expected to make the U.S. team, giving us three openly gay male Winter Olympians. There had previously never been an out gay male Olympian; skater Johnny Weir never really hid his orientation but also never publicly declared it until after he retired.

    What’s great about Rippon is that he is very out and proud, with a sense of humor and also a seriousness as a competitor.

    “A few weeks ago I was asked in an interview, ‘What is it like being a gay athlete in sports?’ I said it’s exactly like being a straight athlete except with better eyebrows,” Rippon said.

    “I think sharing my story has made me a better competitor because I don’t really care what other people think of me. I’m able to go out there and I’m really able to be unabashedly myself. And I love myself,” he said. “When I’m able to go out there and just really be me, I’m able to put my hard work forward and I want somebody who’s young, who’s struggling, who’s not sure if it’s OK if they are themselves, to know that it’s OK that there are so many people out there who have the same worries. If you set your mind to something, you can truly do anything.”

    The Olympics begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9.


  • 02 Jan 2018 10:42 | Anonymous

    LGBT International Powerlifting Championships Announce The Introduction of Inclusive Mx Category For Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Athletes



    Registration for the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2018 is now open and the organisers have introduced a new “optional” Mx Category (Third Gender) to encourage people from Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Communities to participate in sports. The LGBT Championships are open to ALL regardless of sexuality, health status, hiv status, gender or ability.

    At last year’s event the Union of Lifters that organises the Championships agreed unanimously at congress to equalise weight classes for all participants and to introduce the Mx Category as an option for Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Participants. The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships are an annual event, with an aim of developing LGBT Powerlifting worldwide and increasing participation between now and the Gay Games in Hong Kong in 2022.

    One of the key aims of the Federation of Gay Games is to reach out to under-represented groups within sports and next year’s LGBT IPC 2018 will be the first sporting event in the world to welcome Transgender participants with an optional Mx third gender category. The principles of the Gay Games are built on the core principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best. LGBT IPC aims to encourage these principles as we grow.

    Speaking about the opening of registration for LGBT IPC 2018, Chris Morgan, Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union and Nine Time World Champion in the sport said, “LGBT IPC was hugely successful in 2017 in bringing together LGBT Powerlifting athletes from all corners of the globe. In 2018 we aim to expand on this by reaching out through to the new LGBT Powerlifting clubs we see emerging around the world. We aim to be as inclusive as possible by equalising all weight classes and offering the new third gender Mx category.”

    Speaking about the Introduction of the Mx Category within LGBT IPC, Charlotte Wareing, Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union and Seven Time World Champion in the sport said, “Issues effecting Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex participants were discussed in detail at our congress in 2017 and we decided as a group to make our event as inclusive and as a safe as possible by offering an optional MX category. Athletes from within the Trans, Non Binary and Intersex communities are very welcome to participate within LGBT IPC without any fear of discrimination.”

    Also Speaking about the Introduction of the Mx Category within LGBT IPC, Professor Ardel Thomas, Non Binary Representative, LGBT Powerlifting Union and three times Gay Games medal winner said, “We have seen a great deal of adverse reaction recently to media reports of Transgender athletes competing in strength sports, particularly towards athletes who meet the new IOC Guidance and have qualified for multi sports events like the Commonwealth Games. We are aware of new and novice Trans, Non Binary and Intersex lifters are concerned about participating in sports because of lack of understanding and therefore we have decided to offer an optional Mx Category at LGBT IPC 2018.”

    The 2017 LGBT IPC attracted participants from all corners of the globe with nine nations represented including Australia, Belarus, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, United States of America, and of course the host nation Great Britain. Participation numbers are expected to grow significantly in 2018 with Team GB and Team USA Powerlifting Workshops and Seminars scheduled to take place in Atlanta (USA), Chicago (USA), London (UK), Blackpool (UK), and Birmingham (UK).

    The bidding process is already under way for LGBT IPC events happening in 2019, 2020, and 2021, with expressions of interest received already from Blackpool UK, Munich Germany, Athens Greece, and of course Hong Kong, China who will host the Gay Games in 2022. Powerlifting was included in Hong Kong’s successful bid document and the LGBT Powerlifting Union look forward to working with them between now and the 2022 Gay Games.

    LGBT IPC - LONDON 2018

    The weekend programme in 2018 will include a Coaching Clinic, Technical Briefing, Competition Day, Athletes Meal, Congress, and Closing Party, offering the chance for participants not only to compete, but also to socialise and interact with other LGBT Powerlifters. These are things they may rarely get the opportunity to do in mainstream competitions in their own countries.

    The competition itself will take part on Saturday 28 July at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, which was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. Events being offered are Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped) and Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped).

    For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest, visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/ or their Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/2000903610182396/

    For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan by Email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

    Editors Notes:

    The LGBT IPC weekend has a full programme of activities including a Novices Coaching Clinic (Friday 27 July), Competition (Saturday 28 July), Athletes Banquet (Saturday 28 July), Congress (Sunday 29 July) and Closing Party (Sunday 29 July) Visit www.lgbtpowerlifing.org for more details.

    LGBT IPC 2018 will welcome Trans men or trans women who have decided to transition – who will be to participate within either Male, Female or within Mx Category. The third gender Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. The new Mx Category has been introduced for the 2018 event and the policy will be reviewed at Congress on July 29 2017 after the competition takes place on  28 July.

    Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was formed in 1926 and is a community funded gym, located in Central London www.bgwlc.co.uk

    The LGBT IPC weekend closing party is sponsored by The Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco www.eaglelondon.com/horse-meat-disco

    The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004. Powerlifting has not been included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.gaygames.org www.paris2018.com but will return in Hong Kong in 2022. www.gaygameshk2022.com

    Key People - Biographies

    Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

    Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

     During his eighteen year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty three times, where he has taken a total of twenty five international medals. He has been World Champion Nine times, European Champion twice, British Champion Eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several World and British strength records in the Deadlift.

    Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide.

    Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

    Charlotte has been powerlifting for five years, she has won four master's European titles and Seven World titles. She holds 41 World Records in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter once each at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at this year’s Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT Community, which she views as one of the Highlights of her career.

    Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters.

    Professor Ardel Thomas, Non Binary Representative, LGBT Powerlifting Union

    Professor Thomas is the Head of LGBT Studies at the City College of San Francisco and a keen Powerlifter. Ardel started Powerlifting at the Gay Games in Amsterdam in 1998 and has taken a total of Two Gay Games Gold Medals and a Silver Medal between 2002 and 2006. After a break from the sport Ardel returned to competitive lifting taking a Gold Medal at the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2017.

    Currently, professor Thomas has written several studies on LGBT issues and is a world renowned expert on LGBT Studies.


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