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  • 24 Feb 2018 11:53 | 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 09:47 | 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 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.


  • 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”



    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
    #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

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