It's official - Gay Games XI was a hit!

After the triumphant close of the Gay Games XI last November, hosted by both Hong Kong and Guadalajara, we surveyed our participants to get their opinions, and the results are in - you loved the Games.

Both Hong Kong and Guadalajara scored an overall positive evaluation in 85% of cases, with 57% of people rating the Games as "excellent".  Hong Kong's stunning opening ceremony has scored as one of the highest rated ceremonies at any Gay Games since we started evaluating participants since Gay Games VI in Sydney in 2002.  A whopping 50% of those surveyed from Guadalajara and over 30% from Hong Kong have also vowed to attend València 2026.

Our survey quizzes participants on all aspects of their experience, and from the hundreds of responses we have gleamed a wealth of information about what makes the Games special to you.  We discovered that you folks love mascots, want to play more sports, and love to combine your Gay Games trip with other travel plans before or after the sports.

We also received thousands of comments from you describing your experiences - enough to easily fill a typical novel-length book.  We read every comment, and have analysed every suggestion, compliment and criticism, all of which will help guide us to improve the Games over coming years.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey, and we're so happy to hear that you had a great time. 

We have a special online presentation of the results available to our member organisations later this week.  If you would like to attend, please check your Gay Games inbox, or contact Duncan.

 25 cities register interest to host Gay Games XIII in 2030

 The results of the first phase of bidding for Gay Games XIII are in and an incredible 25 cities on 6 continents have expressed an interest in bidding to be the host city of the 2030 Gay Games. 

Officer of Site Selection, Austin Manning, conveyed his excitement for receiving such emphatic early interest in hosting Gay Games XIII. ‚ÄúThis record breaking interest showcases a truly global sports and culture movement with cities taking the first step in bidding to host the Gay Games quadrennial event. As regions and countries around the world continue to take legislative and social action to protect human rights and create pathways to equality for all, the 2030 Long List includes 25 cities committed to empowering, uplifting, and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community at home and abroad.‚Ä̬†

 In March, each of the listed cities will receive a Request for Proposal (RFP) detailing the documentation bidders will be required to submit, covering a broad range of subjects such as sports they plan to host, facilities they plan to use, funding, organization composition, and more. Over the next two years, bidders will develop their plans in coordination with the FGG and its member delegates, leading to the selection of the FGG presumptive host for the 2030 Gay Games XIII in November 2025 in València, Spain.

We'll keep you up-to-date with everything happening during the site selection process right here in this newsletter, so stay tuned for more news over the coming months.

  (left to right) Board members Anthony Alston and Reggie Snowdon, and former board member Mike Myers collecting the award


 FGG win "Event of the Year" at the Compete Sports Diversity awards

 Last week, during the 2024 Sin City Classic annual LGBTQ+ sports event in Las Vegas, the Federation of Gay Games was proudly awarded "Event of the Year" at the Compete Sports Diversity award ceremony.

Recognising the fact that the Games were organised through a global pandemic and despite political unrest in Hong Kong, the award highlights the success of planning and delivering two international events for thousands of participants on different sides of the globe at the same time.

"Compete Sports Diversity is excited to honor the FGG with the Event of the Year award for overcoming enormous odds and successfully hosting Gay Games XI in both Guadalajara, Mexico and Hong Kong", said David Smith from Compete Sports Diversity.

Our team from Gay Games XII Valencia 2026 were also present at Sin City, handing out swag and meeting future Gay Games participants.  Jon Landa Diestro, from the team in València, said "we had a blast not only promoting the event to more than 8,000 athletes, but also cheering with PCA in their popular bus tour and handing out lots of giveaways to many athletes who were there competing in some of the sports València will offer in 2026."

 We're building a task force of volunteers to help organise the next Gay Games

 The Federation of Gay Games is an all-volunteer organisation that works tirelessly throughout the year to prepare for our events.  

Whether we're scoping out new sites for the Games in the future, studying sports rules and regulations to ensure compliance, or just updating our social media with cool photos of the you folks playing sports, there is a lot of work to do.

We're looking for people to help us make this happen, and to help us ensure that the Gay Games XII in València are the very best yet.  Whether you just want to be involved with promoting the Games to your local friends and sports teams, or you want to get more involved with helping the board perform their duties, we want to hear from you.

Next month we'll be hosting an introduction to volunteering at the Gay Games.  If you're interested in attending this online session, let us know and we'll make sure to send you an invite.

 Watch our "Best of Gay Games XI Guadalajara" showreel

The team in Guadalajara have put together this incredible showreel, highlighting some of the incredible moments we experienced while there last November.

It captures the excitement of the opening ceremony at the Aquatic Centre,  the joyful flag-waving through the streets of Guadalajara at the International Rainbow Memorial Run, and a wide array of the sports events that took place.

We hope you enjoy this great video, whether it serves to remind you of an incredible experience at the Games, or to share with you a little of the magic that happened in Guadalajara.

 Welcoming R. Tony Smith as our latest Honorary Life Member


Being named as an honorary life member of the FGG is designed to show gratitude for the service that former board members and volunteers undertake for the Gay Games. 

The latest person to be inducted into this "hall of fame" is R. Tony Smith, who has been contributing to the FGG for many years, and was Officer of Communications on the board between 2004 and 2008.

"Ahead of serving the board of directors", he told us, "I first volunteered for 2014 Gay Games in marketing, then I went on to create an all-new program called the ‚ÄúGay Games Champion Program‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ a whole new way to reach out to athletes and artists to solicit participation."

 R. Tony was also fortunate to have been selected to be on FGG's 2026 Site Inspection Team for Munich, Valencia and Guadalajara where he worked to elevate the communications for the site selection process, media coverage and information published for Gay Games General Assembly members and supporters.

Welcome to the coveted HLM group, R. Tony, and thank you for your service.

 Member Highlight: NGBA

 Every month we'll highlight one of our member organisations from around the world.  This month, it's the National Gay Basketball Association, a non-profit from the States.

This LGBTQ basketball community provides a safe and welcoming place for basketball players to be who they are and play the game they love.  With over 1000 members they're able to offer a high level of competition across four divisions, as well as offering underserved LGBT communities the resources needed to start open and league play, and access to tournaments.

 This year the NGBA will host five tournaments-  2 regional qualifier events in San Diego (17-18 February) and Philadelphia (24-25 February) and 1 national tournament in Boston (11-12 May).  They'll also host the National Championship in Kansas City in October.

If you're in the States and interested in playing Basketball, reach out the NGBA now and in no time you'll find yourself on the court.

 Follow us on social media

 Over the coming months we're going to be posting an endless stream of photos from our last Gay Games, over on our social channels.

Get ready for months of sports competitions, medal ceremonies, cultural events, parties and celebrations.  We're be focussing on the participants, as well as celebrating teams both in action and celebrating their achievements.  

Our goal is to share with you all a little bit of the magic that the Gay Games offers to our participants.  To share with you all the joy that was experienced right there in Hong Kong and Guadalajara, even if you weren't able to attend yourself.

If you don't already, now is the time to follow us and get ready for months of exclusive content celebrating the power of LGBTQ+ sports and culture for our community.

Since the first Gay Games in 1982, the Federation of Gay Games mission promotes equality in and through sport and culture and ensures that the Gay Games, the world’s largest sports and culture festival open to all, take place every four years under the founding principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.

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