Request For Information issued for Gay Games X

Roger Brigham, FGG Board Member At-Large

Dennis Sneyers, FGG Officer for Site Selection

Request For Information issued for Gay Games X
Prospective bidders for hosting 2018 event are invited to express their interest

San Francisco, CA – (15 May 2012) The international Federation of Gay Games (FGG) has announced the launch of bidding for Gay Games X in 2018 with the publication of a Request For Information (RFI) document. It is now available to prospective bidding organisations, who will have until mid-July 2012 to respond.

The RFI document, available online at [this site], outlines the work involved in putting on the Gay Games Sports and Cultural festival and asks for preliminary information about the bidding organisation and their plans for the event.

This is the first stage in the extensive site selection process organized by the FGG. At the end of July 2012, organisations that demonstrate viability will be invited to respond to a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP).

After the completed RFPs have been submitted, the FGG Site Selection Committee will recommend to the FGG Board of Directors a shortlist of prospective host organizations. FGG site inspectors will visit the three finalists and report on their findings at the Site Selection Meeting to take place in conjunction with the FGG Annual General Assembly in Cleveland, Ohio in late 2013. At this meeting, the three finalists then have the opportunity to present their bid for the final vote by the FGG Member Organizations which will determine the host of the 2018 Gay Games. This meeting will also be an opportunity for FGG delegates and volunteers to visit the site of the next Gay Games, to be held in Cleveland+Akron in August 2014.

FGG Officer for Site Selection Dennis Sneyers (Chicago) noted, “So far, we’re aware of serious plans to bid from organisations in London, Orlando, Paris and Sao Paulo, as well as expressions of interest from other locations. We look forward to a demanding task of choosing among some outstanding proposals for Gay Games X.”

FGG co-president Emy Ritt (London) added: “Each bidding cycle offers new opportunities to improve our process. The addition of the RFI stage of bidding will allow us to give prospective bidders more information early on. That makes for a better bidding process for potential hosts, and for the delegates of the FGG member organisations who will make the final choice in Cleveland in 2013.”

The host for the 2018 Gay Games will be named in 2013 at the FGG’s site selection and annual general assembly meeting in Cleveland, host of Gay Games 9 in 2014.

For information about the Federation of Gay Games, visit

The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games will be held in Cleveland + Akron, Ohio 9-16 August 2014. For information about Gay Games 9, Cleveland 2014, visit

About the Gay Games

Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship.

About The Federation of Gay Games:

The international Federation of Gay Games is the governing body the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event’s founding principles of “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best”™. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982 with 1,350 participants. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986 – 3,500 participants), Vancouver (1990 – 7,300 participants), New York (1994 – 12,500 participants), Amsterdam (1998 – 13,000 participants), Sydney (2002 – 11,000 participants), Chicago (2006 – 11,700 participants), and Cologne, (2010 – 10,000 participants). Gay Games 9 will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH, USA 9-16 August 2014. Visit for more information.

“Gay Games”, “Federation of Gay Games”, the interlocking circles device, and the phrase “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best” are trademarks of the Federation of Gay Games, Inc. Trademarks are registered in the USA, Canada, Benelux, the UK, Germany, and Australia.


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