|7-9 September 2012|
Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.
Learn more HERE.
|26-28 October 2012|
The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.
Learn more HERE.
|17-20 January 2013|
Sin City Shootout
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.
Learn more HERE.
|13-16 June 2013|
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.
Learn more HERE.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
FGG Ambassador Leigh Ann Naidoo hosted the meeting, which included a speech from Deputy Mayor Angela Spizig, and a brief message of appreciation from GLISA co-presidents Wessel Van Kampen and Julia Applegate, who presented a plaque in honor of the occasion to the co-presidents of Games Cologne and of the FGG. Games Cologne head of scholarships Alen Popovic and his FGG counterpart Paul Oostenbrug welcomed participants, offered advice on the week to come, and explained to all present the challenges of funding and operating this program.
Also present were FGG Ambassadors Michelle Ferris, John Amaechi and David Kopay, along with guest Matthew Mitcham.
The meeting concluded with participants sharing stories of their journey to Cologne, including the reading of a rousing poem by a member of the Chosen FEW (we're trying to get the text for you), all to the sound of vuvuzelas (ahem).
Oh, and a group of South African women walked into the credential area singing. It was beautiful. They have male and female player welcome bags. I will have to find out what the difference is.
"Not only for the organizational team, also for the artists, who will perform Saturday, July 31 at the two and a half hour long show in the RheinEnergieStadium on stage. “I am happy to perform for people who want to convince through athletic performance and stand up for equal rights for homosexual people” says Taylor Dayne. The American singer will sing the official hymn of the Gay Games, “Facing a miracle” at the opening ceremony.
"Also for the Swedish pop singer Agnes Carlsson the appearance at the Gay Games Cologne is something special. “Many gays and lesbians supported my career from the beginning. It´s a great honor for me to perform at the opening ceremony”, says Agnes. She will sing her top hit “Release me”.
Below Michelle Ferris (Olympic Cyclist, Australia), Matthew Mitcham (Olympic Diver, Australia), Leigh-Ann Naidoo (Olympic Beach Volleyball Player, South Africa), John Amaechi (Professional Basketball Player, UK).
Read full article with photos HERE.
"Construction of Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and took, with interruptions, until 1880 to complete. It is 144.5 metres long, 86.5 m wide and its towers are approximately 157 m tall. The cathedral is one of the world's largest churches and the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. For four years, 1880-84, it was the tallest structure in the world, until the completion of the Washington Monument. It has the second-tallest church spires, only surpassed by the single spire of Ulm Minster, completed 10 years later in 1890. Because of its enormous twin spires, it also presents the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir of the cathedral, measured between the piers, also holds the distinction of having the largest height to width ratio of any Medieval church, 3.6:1, exceeding even Beauvais Cathedral which has a slightly higher vault.
"The cathedral is a World Heritage Site, one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany, and Cologne's most famous landmark, described by UNESCO as an "exceptional work of human creative genius". It is visited by 30 thousand people every day."
Photo by Kevin Boyer
Teams Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle got together Friday night, July 30, at the Hilton City Center around the corner from Cologne's famous cathedral for welcoming drinks and dinner.
Pictured bottom row Tim and Kelly from Seattle, top row Kyle, Tom, Kevin, Drew and Dick from Chicago.
|Tom Waddell Award winners Sara Waddell Lewinstein and Brent Nicholson Earle with Olympic champions Matthew Mitcham and Leigh Ann Naidoo|
|Finalists Connie Kempe Schaelicke, Jessica Seaton, Sara Waddell Lewinstein, Brent Nicholson Earle, Gene Dermody (finalist Brent Minor is not in Cologne, due to an injury)|
More info on the Tom Waddell Award HERE.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Local Philly LGBT athletes were dressed and ready to go during a sendoff party July 22 at Stir as the LGBT community came together to wish them good luck in their trip to Cologne, Germany, for the Gay Games.
The 55 Team Philadelphia athletes making the trip include the organization's co-chair Kurt Douglass (from left) — modeling the local contingent's opening-ceremony shirt — Michael LoFurno, marketing chair Bob Szwajkos, treasurer Carl Funk — wearing the closing-ceremony shirt — Adelina Santiago and Jan Elsasser. The local competitors will play 13 different sports throughout the weeklong event, which ends Aug. 7.
Kurt Douglass said the countless hours he and Bob Szwajkos, as well as all of the participants, put in to prepare for the trip paid off at the send-off party last week at Stir.
“At the bon voyage party, you could really see that the entire community is behind Team Philadelphia and all of the athletes, so that’s the reward we were able to get for the year we had out there,” he said.
Each athlete had to pay his or her way, and Szwajkos said the individual teams held fundraisers to support their members. Portions of the Team Philadelphia membership dues helped to subsidize uniforms — which consist of jackets and opening- and closing-ceremony shirts — and Szwajkos said LGBT community members turned out in full force to support the athletes with both financial and in-kind donations, such as the contribution of shirts by the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus and another gift of small Pennsylvania flags, which the athletes will carry in the opening ceremonies.
The latest addition to this collection, a quilt made by AIDS Hilfe Cologne, was unveiled by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, in a touching ceremony.
Speaking at the opening were the Lord Mayor of Cologne, Herr Juergen Roters, and Brent Nicholson Earle, the founder of the Gay Games International Rainbow Memorial Run.
Thanks to Andrea Muller and Armin Lohrmann from Games Cologne, Darl Schaaff and Robby Davis from the FGG, the staff of the City of Cologne, and Heidi from AIDS Hilfe Cologne.
Waking up to the first full day in the “Old World” is both exhilarating but overwhelming. Allison and I have been looking forward to exploring Berlin for a long time and especially with our dear friends, Nana and Susanne., who live here. Imagine trying to show someone Denver and Boulder in one day? Do you do mountain or city, your typical life with family and friends, or as athletes..your sport and teammates?.Well..we were treated to all of the above.
We took in the Turkish and Jewish neighborhoods of Berlin. Saw the famous Reichstag (Congress and former head of the Third Reich) and strolled the grounds of the Arts Complex (see video). And Berlin is having their own Biennial of the Americas…(like Denver)..they featured artists who are displaying art and concepts about reclaiming our natural resources and using materials that would be shoved off to the Landfill.. very green and thought provocating.
We played tennis at the Tennis club and met some of the team and friends. Ah..the Red Clay…So..we did NOT see anything about the Gay Games while in Berlin..not a total surprise because we did not make it to any of the Gay Villages but when the subject of Why Cologne? came up. I was indeed surprised. Now..remember I am relatively new to the world of FGG decisions so I am playing catch up if you will….Apparently, Berlin had indeed bid and maybe won the Games..again..translation issues could be at play here..but There are 2 large LGBT Sports organizations in Berlin and they.. surprise surprise… fight about FGG or GLISA. And when these past battles reared their ugly heads over the 2010 Games..the Gay Mayor of Berlin stepped in and said..if you can not get along..then Berlin will not support the Games…thus Cologne.
So..let me know..what you have heard?..and that brings up the Cleveland 2014 discussion..but for another day..
Gay Games registration is running very, very smoothly. There are plenty of volunteers and today, at least, the lines were very short or nonexistent. It took me just 1 minute to get my pre-printed credential on the lower level, and that was my stopping to thank the volunteers for their hard work.. Even later when there were more people, it was one volunteer or more to every participant (see pic). Good job, guys.
Upstairs at the Koelnmesse building (where registration is taking place), all of the sports coordinators are giving out schedules, maps and generally helping people orient themselves. Up there I ran into Hlengiwe Buthelezi, a runner from South Africa who has helped represent LGBT athletes from that country to the Federation of Gay Games. She was up there with a couple of friends (see pic). Later downstairs the Chosen Few lesbian soccer team from South Africa came into the registration area singing as they often do to cheers from the many volunteers.
Photos by Kevin Boyer
Ok so the Team Chicago people who arrived at Frankfurt waiting for the train to Cologne had a bit of fun with Team Chicago Chair Kyle Chang who met us outside of customs. I'm not sure about "Chicago Flag As Bib" but it was nice to see a friendly face. Frankfurt Flughafen to Koln Hauptbahnhoff couldn't have been easier.
Look who we found at the Frankfurt's airport train station - four members of The Flying Bats women's soccer team from Australia eager to show their pink Aussie flag.
Photo by Kevin Boyer
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Street Sports in Longerich and Mülheim
From 31 July. until 7 August, the Gay Games in Cologne. In this period a very affordable ticket for local transport service, in order to reach the various venues with ease. In the same period is a day ticket for one person / price level 5 (€ 20.90) is not only a day but three days only - for the journey by bus and train in the entire VRS area!
Additional tracks for the opening on 31 July
The "gay games cologne VIII 2010" on Saturday, 31 July, with a big celebration opened in the RheinEnergie Stadium. These 30,000 people are expected. Directly following the opening ceremony will be held at the Lanxess Arena an opening party. The KVB is one on the east-west route from 16.30 clock 64 additional vehicles to provide for the outward and return journeys, an offer available.
"Cologne Classic" on 1 August
As part of the Gay Games Cologne 2010 will take place on Sunday 1st August, and the international cycling race "Cologne Classic in Longerich instead. In the period from 6.00 to about 20.00 clock clock bus line 121 runs only in the section "Langel ferry" to "Longericher road. The stations' Lindweilerweg "," Dionysstrasse "and" Dädalusring can "in the specified period can not be served.
Half-Marathon on 7 August
A week later, on Saturday 7 August is also in the Gay Games and the fifth GAG-marathon in the right place Rhenish. Start and finish is the Wiener space in Mülheim. For local transport, it may come in the morning from 9.00 to clock short-term disabilities, this applies to the city line 3 in the Heidelberg road and for the bus lines 151-154 and 157 and 159
In less than 20 minutes, I was helped on two occasions by Koelners who observed my confusion (at some confusing situations), and set me straight... One even took the pain to observe the word "France" printed on my badge and addressed me in French.
Why was I confused? It turns out that U-Bahn lines 3 and 4 are currently rerouted due to track works... which is why my number 3 train kept refusing to go where I wanted it to.
Moral of the story: wear your badge with pride!
Exhibition flyer HERE.
Information about the exhibition HERE.
At 7:30 pm sharp the live broadcasting of the whole opening ceremony starts with the traditional entry of the 70 national teams, led by Team San Francisco, the birthplace of the Gay Games. Almost 10,000 participants will march into the stadium organized by country, state and province. Following this rousing start there will be a drummer’s show full of energy. At that point Center.TV's Uwe Lautenschläger will move to the main TV studio in the stadium where he will comment on the evening with Center.TV's Tina Stotz.
The highest ranking politician in the 30-year-long history of the Gay Games, openly gay Dr. Guido Westerwelle, vice chancellor and secretary of state of Germany and patron of the Gay Games, will declare the Games formally open. Then Australian Olympic gold medal diver Matthew Mitcham will deliver the oath to the participants. Matthew Mitcham was one of the few openly gay sportsmen at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Then the flame of the Gay Games and the International Memorial Rainbow Flag will reach the Stadium before the artistic part of the big event starts. Hundreds of musicians, performers, dancers and fire artists will deliver n impressive choreographed "Welcome to the Nations." Then the musical portion of the evening will start with performances by Swedish pop star “Agnes” with her hit “Release me…” and American diva Taylor Dayne, who will present the official anthem of Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 “Facing a Miracle.”
Coverage will feature views from up to 9 cameras in stationery and mobile positions throughout the stadium. The complete broadcasting of the international opening ceremony can be followed via live stream at http://koeln.center.tv. For those in Germany, check your local Center.TV listings for TV broadcast and check www.games-cologne.com for any updates or additional websites.
Saturday, July, 31, 6:30 (LIVE) (Cologne Time)
US Eastern Time 12:30 pm
US Pacific time 9:30 am
Repetitions (all Cologne Time - 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Time)
Sunday, Aug, 1 12:00 pm
Sunday, Aug, 1 7:30 pm
Monday, Aug, 2 12:30 pm
Photo: Team San Francisco enters Chicago's Soldier Field during Gay Games Chicago 2006. Photo by Dmitriy Margoiln
Éire go Brách!
Among those at accreditation were various FGG board members, including copresidents Kurt Dahl and Emy Ritt, Cheer New York, the Team Mexico City, and Johannesburg's Chosen FEW.
Before heading out, make sure you stop at the merchandise shop, which is offering a great range of attractive products.
It is expected that accreditation will be far busier tomorrow, so please come as soon as possible.
Note that accreditation for Officials and Volunteers takes place only at the Gay Games VIII shop at Neumarkt.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Well, he also has another goal: to have fun.
Torres, 32, has a loaded schedule—on the competitive side of his international journey, that is. He is participating in the Olympic triathlon, the 10K run, the 5K run, the 26.2-mile marathon and three cycling events ( criterium, mountain bike and time trial ) .
"I am extremely excited [ for ] the Games," said Torres, who lives in Orlando, Fla., and only ran the marathon at the 2006 Games in Chicago. "This time around, I feel stronger, fearless and driven. I have been training smart and hard for the past couple of years. I am confident enough within myself that I will have a great performance."
Torres is the head coach for Tri Peak Athlete, LLC and the Central Florida YMCA. He is one of about 9,600 registered participants from around the world heading to the quadrennial sports and cultural extravaganza ( July 31-Aug. 7 ) that is making its debut in Germany. Past Games have been held in San Francisco ( twice ) , including the first ever, in 1982, as well as Sydney, Vancouver, New York City and Amsterdam.
About 2,500 U.S. residents will join Torres in Cologne.
The flyer is in German, but as they say "When in Koln!"
Click here to download the flyer (PDF)
Photo by Allice Cooperman from Chicago 2006.
Ford's support of the Gay Games extends beyond vehicles, however. Sixty five (65) employees from Ford will be working almost 160 volunteer shifts during the Gay Games as part of Ford's community-involvement initiative. And the parking lot at the Fuehlinger See, owned by Ford, will be open to the public for the swimming portion of the Triathlon that will take place on the lake.
Dear Annette, Dear Michael,
It is with the greatest pleasure that we received the final registration figures for Gay Games VIII. In very difficult circumstances, and in particular due to an unprecedented economic downturn which impacted both sponsorship revenues and the ability of individuals to register, you have reached nearly 9500 paid registrations, a fabulous achievement!
This is an outstanding accomplishment for which all of you at Games Cologne deserve to be very, very proud. Thanks to a strong showing from Germany, numbers are high. But Gay Games VIII remain a thoroughly international event, with over 60 countries represented, in part thanks to our joint efforts for scholarship beneficiaries, allowing hundreds of men and women from Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia will be able to “be part of it” in Cologne.
As you enter the final days and hours before Opening Ceremony, on behalf of the Board and Assembly of the Federation, we want you to know how much we appreciate your efforts, and how much we are looking forward to sharing a week in Cologne that will once again, change the world.
Emy Ritt, Kurt Dahl
Fitting perfectly into the opening ceremony of the Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010, worldwide biggest sports and cultural event with more than 10.000 participants in Cologne on July, 31 Petra Quednau of the project PQ under the direction of Maria Derfuß, owner of the Cologne agency tap act – event entertainment, developed a spectacular production with 24 fire artists. The scene for the newest pyrotechnic – accompany the show to the highlight of the opening ceremony in the RheinEnergieStadium. A colossal field to play on, to fill the crowd for the world premiere of the official hymn for the Gay Games Cologne “Facing a Miracle”, sung by Taylor Dayne (well known for “Tell it to my heart”) with enthusiasm. A fire show of this size of course is something special. For this production in a stadium you need another feeling for space than for a normal stage show, Petra Quednau, owner of the project PQ, explains. Experiences we already made in other productions will serve us well now. We will show you fire and emotion in XXL format.
Fireshows and Artists by Project PQ from Petra Quednau on Vimeo.
The goal of the Gay Games, to show each single athlete with his/her own skills and disciplines and create a mutual experience strongly inspired the project PQ for the choreography. "All of the 24 artists handle their medium "fire" very individually. Each of us performs strongly with certain props and certain moves. We take exactly these individual strong points into the choreography" explain Isabella von Gatterburg and Heidi Schink, both fire artists as well at the project PQ, the concept.
Be part of it! Tickets for the opening ceremony are available at
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
"According to conventional wisdom, a gay teammate would threaten the macho camaraderie that involves constant butt-slapping and the close physical proximity of the locker room. So while there are no doubt homosexuals currently playing in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball, they are deep in the closet.
"Some players have come out after they retired. These include NFL players [Gay Games Ambassador] David Kopay, Roy Simmons, and [Gay Games Ambassador] Esera Tuaolo and [Gay Games Ambassador] NBA player John Amaechi. Only two gay former major league baseball players, Glenn Burke and [Gay Games Ambassador] Billy Bean, have come out of the closet. ...
"While Bean played for the Tigers, Dodgers, and Padres from 1987 to 1995, he pretended to date women, furtively went to gay bars, and hid his gay lover from teammates and fans. In his published memoir, Going the Other Way, Bean recounts how Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda constantly made homophobic jokes, even as Lasorda's gay son was dying from AIDS. Bean quit when he could no longer stand living a double life. When he came out publicly in 1999, his story made front-page news in the New York Times. In his autobiography, Behind the Mask, Dave Pallone--a major league umpire who was quietly fired in 1988 after rumors about his sexual orientation circulated in the baseball world--contends that there are enough gay major league players to create an All Star team."
Read the full article HERE.
During the forthcoming Gay Games Cologne 2010 (31 July till 7 August), the Wallraf will become the first museum in Germany to offer a tour of its collection highlighting the overtly or latently homosexual motifs in its paintings. Alongside Dürer’s Piper and Drummer, Bruyn’s Ecce Homo, and Boucher’s Resting Girl, the programme contains works such as the Sebastian Altar and the Legend of St Ursula.
With dedicated wall texts and two special guided tours, the Museum will present – with a wink in its eye – salacious details, amusing anecdotes and even thought-provoking aspects related to works and artists from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The aspects of gender and queer studies will be taken just as much into account as the historical, socio-critical and religious backgrounds.
A magenta dot will distinguish each of the around 20 exhibits as part of the tour. Moreover, at 4.30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday (6 and 7 August) there will be a special themed tour in English. Prior booking is not required, and the tour fee is included in the entry price. Meeting place for the tour is the museum foyer.
August 5 Special Exhibition and Performance Evening at the Wallraf
In addition, the Wallraf will also be co-hosting the exhibition “move it!” as part of the Gay Games. For this the museum will showcase the work of four contemporary artists who have worked specially round the theme “move it!”. This cameo exhibition is a satellite of the large show on view at the Altes Pfandhaus. On Thursday, 5 August, there will be a performance evening in the foyer of the Wallraf beginning at 8 p.m., featuring presentations by various artists.
Obenmarspforten (am Kölner Rathaus)
D- 50667 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 221-21119
Fax: +49 (0) 221 221-22629
Tue to Fri - 10 am to 6 pm
Thu - 10 am to 10 pm
Sat & Sun 11 am to 6 pm
To learn more about all of the special tours in Cologne, visit the Tour Page at http://www.games-cologne.de/en/static/cologne/tours.
For Gay Games VIII we have chosen to invite our latest award winners to carry out this important duty, which marks the start of the ceremony and a fantastic week of sport and culture.
The flag bearers will be:
- Hlengiwe Buthelezi (Durban), 2009 Volunteer of the Year
- Ian McMahon (Cape Town), 2009 Volunteer of the Year
- Barbara Strewinksi (Cologne), 2010 Volunteer of the Year (host)
- Philipp Lischke (Sydney), 2010 Volunteer of the Year (host)
- Jason Stone (Seattle); 2010 Volunteer of the Year (FGG)
- Joseph Justin (New Jersey), 2010 Legacy Award for Outstanding Gay Games Athlete
- Paulette Meggoe (NYC), 2010 Legacy Award for Outstanding Gay Games Athlete
- Loren McGlade (San Francisco), 2010 Legacy Award for Outstanding Gay Games Cultural Participant
- Connie Moore (Houston), 2010 Legacy Award for Outstanding Gay Games Cultural Participant
- Anthony Alston (San Francisco), on behalf of Cheer SF, 2010 Legacy Award for Fundraising and Charitable Activities
Please give them a big cheer as they enter the stadium!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
In addition to uniform pickup and a raffle, @mosphere played the Chicago 2006 DVD on its screens throughout the bar. (The DVD is still available at www.wolfevideo.com and sales benefit the FGG.)
On hand were some of Chicago's Gay Games scholarship recipients, including two women supported by Amigas Latinas, Chicago's lesbian latina organization. Also on hand were some former organizers of Chicago 2006, and three of the four Federation of Gay Games Board members who are from Chicago: Co-President Kurt Dahl, VP of Membership Paul Oostenbrug, and Technology Officers Israel Wright. Big thanks to Charlie and the staff at @mosphere for a great time and all of the Team Chicago volunteers, especially Team Chicago President Kyle Chang, who helped make it a great event.
Safe travels to everyone on their way to Cologne for the 2010 Gay Games.
Photos by Ross Forman.