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Paris Selected As Host of Gay Games X

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Paris beat out Limerick, Ireland and London and will host the Gay Games X in 2018.

Organizers report via press release:

The international delegates and board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral presentation by each bidding organization. This meeting was held in Cleveland, host with Akron, of the 2014 Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation next year from 9-16 August.

David Killian, co-chair of the FGG Site Selection Committee, noted some factors that may have influenced voters in their choice: “The vote is the result of dozens of individual choices, but some points stood out for many voters. Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event. French LGBT sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting international multisport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents outstanding cultural events. They are already well advanced in planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports manager. They arrived with demonstrable political support, including Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team. And of course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit.”

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  1. Tres bien. Frigide Barjot will have something to occupy her fragile mind.

    Posted by: woody | Oct 7, 2013 10:02:22 PM


  2. Everyone reading this will be older. That's good news.

    Posted by: JET | Oct 7, 2013 10:29:11 PM


  3. The gay games?..... Really? What is next, 'The Ginger Triathlons'? Maybe I don't understand because I don't base who I am by my sexuality. But what does being gay have to do with running fast? I thought that ranking system had to do with HUMAN ability. Not sub categories. Don't cry about segregation when you segregate yourself. We are all equals and lets fight for equality. Gay is not a disability.

    Posted by: Tonez | Oct 8, 2013 12:00:11 AM


  4. Paris has a long way to rebuild it's reputation as a city of Love after the vile anti-gay filth we say on it's streets this year

    Posted by: litper | Oct 8, 2013 1:13:33 AM


  5. @Tonez, when we'll see more out gay people at the Olympics, but now it's officially anti-gay and we have only one gay athlete attending the games of tens of thousands!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 8, 2013 1:15:23 AM


  6. @Tonez

    Gay Games started in 1982. No one who is gay ever cried about segregation btw, just discrimination, violence, murder, bullying etc.

    Posted by: Holocene | Oct 8, 2013 1:23:39 AM


  7. @Tonez: If red-headed athletes faced the same obstacles presented to gay athletes, there probably would be a "Ginger Triathlon". Or, they'd be forced to hide their true hair color via covert trips to the salon to get their hair dyed.

    Posted by: alex | Oct 8, 2013 1:39:53 AM


  8. Maybe we will get more of those shirtless sexy Hommen protests again.

    Posted by: PDX_Guy | Oct 8, 2013 1:53:10 AM


  9. @holocene @litper I agree, more gay people shouldn't be closeted in the Olympics and they are pushing back. But how does this event fight back against those things? It is still a form segregation than anything. The Sochi reaction is much more about gay rights fighting than the "The Gay Games". Where are the "jewish Games" or the "Black games"? Segregation on either side is not the answer. We are all humans and no group is special.
    Flashing your 100m Olympic gold metal and saying 'I am a winner who happens to be gay' means a lot more than saying 'I won a metal at a special event for just gay people'.
    Get my point? It is about proving equality.

    The CEO of the still most successful corporation (Apple) in the USA is gay. But he isn't saying it has anything to do with him being gay. Because sexuality has nothing to do with anything other than with sex.

    We need to break down these walls where who we have sex with defines us as a people. Because that is all these "Gay Games" are saying.

    Posted by: Tonez | Oct 8, 2013 2:01:38 AM


  10. There is nothing wrong about it. It is similar to a woman club or a gathering in a synagogue.
    Just some kind of social event. It has nothing to do with segregation.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 8, 2013 2:40:42 AM


  11. Oh! Goody! In a country that has been as anti-gay as, well... Insert country or state name here:

    Posted by: Gunga Dean | Oct 8, 2013 5:24:59 AM


  12. The Gay Games are open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation and gender, so straight allies should plan to attend and have fun. It is an inclusive event since so many of our beloved friends and family are heterosexual.

    Posted by: Daniel | Oct 8, 2013 6:23:09 AM


  13. I wish that any of the following was true regarding the 2014 host cities. Unfortunately, it isn't. Cleveland games seem to be on track to be a train wreck.

    "Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event. French LGBT sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting international multisport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents outstanding cultural events. They are already well advanced in planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports manager. They arrived with demonstrable political support, including Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team. And of course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit."

    Posted by: Guy from DC | Oct 8, 2013 11:05:09 AM


  14. Tonez - F u ck off

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 8, 2013 1:26:33 PM


  15. Oh Hagatha… do shut up.

    Tonez, I kind of agree, especially your comment that being gay is not a disability (I assume you are referring to the games for handicapped persons, who have true physical disabilities and their particular challenges). Also the auto-segregation, although it's obvious that for the moment there doesn't seem to be that much choice.

    Being simply accepted as just a person, gay, straight or otherwise is unfortunately still a long way off, except in those places that a form of segregation has already occurred (gay ghettos…). It's human nature to regroup socially with one's kindred spirits (thus, for example, we have democrats and we have republicans). That said, the day that I won't have to even think of having to explain myself will be a very happy one indeed.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 8, 2013 3:18:46 PM


  16. The French people are not very gay friendly. I hope the violence does not get too far out of hand.

    Posted by: Stephen | Oct 8, 2013 3:24:17 PM


  17. Tonez: your ignorance is outstanding... There are "Jewish" Games (Maccabiah Games), there are Games every four years for Masters (people over a certain age, depending on the sport), there are Games for Firefighters; in fact Tonez, if you open your eyes you will find that there are many different international multi-sport events being held every year. Your ridiculing of those who spend their own money, their own time and their own resources to attend the Gay Games and Outgames is hurtful. Attend one of the LGBTQI multi-sport events and experience the camaraderie, the joy and the spirit that pervades a host city when these games are on. Your insults are petty, bitter and misguided.

    Posted by: Perkin Warbeck | Oct 8, 2013 5:04:40 PM


  18. The French LGBT Community has been a very active global participant in many different sporting events included in the actual Gay Games. Like every single nation where we are now gaining the right to marry, the vibrant LGBT Community throughout France has worked hard in overcoming the very same barriers we face everywhere. The Gay Games, and the sporting groups which participate in the Games have all played a part in tearing down barriers and walls which have denied equality.

    Far from and certainly not alone, but one of many efforts which have played a part of creating the world we live in today, the Games are a great deal more than the actual 'Event.' Teams and individuals around the globe have contributed time and effort beyond your ability to even imagine. Paris without a doubt, will Host a Tremendous Gay Games X. IGLA, International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics is a very large part of the Games, Paris Aquatique is one of the largest and strongest teams within IGLA, Swimming, Water Polo, and the Pink Flamingo, Synchronized Swimming, - a superb team.

    Where relevant, all of the sporting events with national and international governing bodies are 'sanctioned' at the Gay Games and operate within and as part of these organizations. World Records are set, National Records are broken, and recognized as such. All of IGLA's (and Gay Games Swimming is an IGLA event) events are operated under and ruled by FINA and National Rules (Masters Swimming - USA). FINA along with the national organizations didn't just decide to 'sanction' - it took hard work and action ultimately providing recognition and inclusion as equal sporting participants. Fortunately, there is also a great deal of fun involved, in addition to the hard work and training (years of training).

    The Federation of Gay Games is not without it's 'problems, issues and political difficulties' - those exist everywhere. Dr Tom Waddell created the games with a vision of Sport being an outreach tool and his heart was in the right place. When you Bash The Gay Games, you Bash Dr Waddell. If you believe we've reached the point in time where the hard work is over, it's time to dismantle our cultural events which are not limited to and include all who wish to participate, I can't help but wonder why. Personally, I am proud of the two Top Ten US Masters records I earned in Amsterdam at the Gay Games - I trained hard for those times. I also volunteered years of work in order to maintain our international competition standards which provided our events the right of being sanctioned and recognized, by organizations which would otherwise not have played a part in furthering equality. While not every US Masters Swimmer is - individually 'LGBT Friendly' - US Masters Swimming is - and has been for a long long time now. Allies are made through relationships and the work we do, the work we all do, sporting or otherwise.

    It seems the ease of which some bash away at the Gay Games know nothing about them, nor their history. Tom Waddell gave more than just a 'wee bit' of himself in his efforts to improve the world we live in. I respect the efforts of all who take the time to actively engage in improving our world, while I may not agree with an approach, ultimately - all make a difference.

    http://gaygames.org/wp/mission-and-values/frequently-asked-questions/our-founder-dr-tom-waddell/

    Posted by: RexT | Oct 9, 2013 4:51:19 PM


  19. As a side note, history is always fascinating. The 2014 Olympics - are forcing the IOC to further stand in the domain of Equality. Not for the first time, as when the USOC along with Vaughn Walker of PROP H8 fame as their legal representative (obviously, the IOC as the Senior, while not present) challenged and won in striping away the use of 'Olympics' from the Gay Olympics - now the Gay Games. Walker, once strongly opposed and twice nominated to the Federal Judgeship by Reagan and Poppy Bush, has had an eventful career.

    Posted by: RexT | Oct 9, 2013 5:06:42 PM


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