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Gay Games Open in Cologne, Germany


Let the games begin. The Gay Games commenced in Cologne yesterday. The Earth Times reports on the opening ceremony:

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle delivered the opening address in Cologne's Rheinenergiestadion. Homosexuals are asking for respect, not privileges, he said. Westerwelle's male life partner, Cologne entrepreneur Michael Mronz, was in attendance.

The Eighth Gay Games, also considered the world's largest rally for the rights of gays and lesbians, are being held under the motto, "Be part of it!" Held every four years since 1982, the Cologne games are the first to been held in Germany. Pop singers Taylor Dayne and Agnes performed amid a colourful, choreographed show featuring 1,500 participants. The opening ceremonies included the lighting of a flame. Nearly 10,000 athletes from 70 countries were expected to compete in 35 disciplines, including same-sex pairs figure skating, billiards and chess. The oldest competitor is a 92 man from the United States who plans to compete in body building.

Watch videos of the ceremonies, including the lighting of the cauldron and Dayne sing the Gay Games anthem, "Facing a Miracle," AFTER THE JUMP.

Head on over to Outsports for some great, thorough coverage.

Meanwhile, representatives from Cleveland are in Cologne for research purposes as that city will host the  Games in 2014.

Also, it looks like Cleveland Synergy Foundation, the non-profit group that helped bring the Gay Games to Cleveland, is out as the official promoter. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports: "While no one will say what happened, Synergy appears to be out as an organizer for the 2014 Games. The Federation of Gay Games announced in a news release earlier this month that it had ended its relationship with Synergy. The city of Cleveland, meanwhile, refused to advance Synergy $38,000 in travel-related expenses for the games in Cologne, citing the group's failure to submit reports in a timely manner."

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  1. Wonderful. I like GG, I haven't taken a part, but they are important. I remember seeing years ago a report on tv about GG and a swimmer had written to his shirt: I can't even swim straight. I don't know why I wrote it here.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 1, 2010 12:56:57 PM

  2. I love that the guy in the photo is wearing a pair of underwear sold by a gay male designer who has gone on record stating that he opposes the right of gay couples to adopt because he believes every child needs a mother and a father.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 1, 2010 1:37:36 PM

  3. MMMM ! MMM! Look at dat pit!

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Aug 1, 2010 6:15:48 PM

  4. Who is "tat" Mr. Dee-Lish in the opening ceremony?

    Posted by: OP | Aug 1, 2010 7:05:49 PM

  5. The Gay Games, the only games on the planet where the opening gala is longer than the actual games themselves. SO GAY!!!

    Posted by: LOPE | Aug 1, 2010 7:07:57 PM

  6. I wonder what the guy pictured is competing in. Extreme Waxing? The Cowboys and Indians Dress-up Battle?

    His beads and underwear indicate that he's Italian, so maybe it's a Kill the Pope contest. One can dream.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 2, 2010 12:15:49 AM

  7. It's singer Taylor Dayne. Can someone correct the mis-spellings in the article? Thanks.

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 2, 2010 1:39:36 AM

  8. Greetings from Cologne/Köln :)

    Posted by: cologne | Aug 2, 2010 11:32:11 AM

  9. Green, white and red plus a feathers in a crown i thought it was an aztec warrior costum from Mexico...i guess not...

    Posted by: Ilse Olivo | Oct 9, 2010 10:47:57 AM

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