Federation of #GayGames and partners in #LGBTsports Coalition thank athletes competing in Moscow for their solidarity


This evening the LGBT Sports Coalition thanked athletes at the World Track and Field Championships for supporting LGBT people and called on the International Olympic Committee to create opportunities for safe commentary in Sochi:

With the conclusion of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Moscow, the LGBT Sports Coalition thanks all participating athletes who stood up for LGBT equality in Russia. Specifically, our appreciation goes out to three competitors:

  • American 800-meter silver medalist Nick Symmonds, who spoke openly about his opposition to Russian anti-gay laws and dedicated his medal to his gay and lesbian friends.
  • Swedish high-jumper Emma Green Tregaro and sprinter Moa Hjelmer, who painted their fingernails in the colors of the rainbow to show support for LGBT people.

“We could not be prouder of the athletes from around the world who have taken a stance against LGBT discrimination in sports despite the face of backlash by the Russian government,” said GO! (Generation Out) Athletes Executive Director Anna Aagenes.  “As a former Division I track & field athlete, it has been especially moving to see elite runners and jumpers at the World Championships in Moscow using the stage to voice their support for the LGBT community.”

“Olympians like Nick Symmonds remind us that they truly understand the expression, ‘Sport is for all,’” said Les Johnson, Co-chair for external affairs for the Federation of Gay Games and a member of Pride House International. “All of these athletes have demonstrated what I believe most athletes feel in their hearts: Sport is about true competition without any form of discrimination.”




The LGBT Sports Coalition looks forward to similar inspiration from other athletes headed to competitions in Russia in the near future. The Coalition implores the International Olympic Committee to establish opportunities for athletes to do that safely and without repercussion at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February.

The LGBT Sports Coalition is an association of organizations and individuals committed to ending anti-LGBT bias in sports by 2016. Members represent athletes, coaches, administrators and members of the media at all levels of sport. The Coalition was formalized at the LGBT Sports Summit in Portland, Ore., in June 2013.

Member organizations supporting the statement include Campus Pride, GO! Athletes, Athlete Ally, Br{ache the Silence, Equality Coaching Alliance, You Can Play, Outsports, StandUp Foundation, GLSEN’s Changing The Game, American Alliance For Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance, the Federation of Gay Games and GLAAD. Individual members supporting the statement include photographer Jeff Sheng, educator Pat Griffin, baseball writer Christina Kahrl, softball coach Kirk Walker, basketball coach Sherri Murrell, educator Sue Rankin, and NCAA Inclusion’s Karen Morrison.


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 http://www.gaygames.wordpress.com [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 http://www.gaygames.org.

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 http://www.gg9cle.com.

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 http://www.gg9cle.com 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.

FGG, GLISA suspend project for joint event


Shamey Cramer (FGG),  Dennis Sneyers (FGG),  Wessel van Kampen (GLISA),  Julia Applegate (GLISA), Nelson Lee (GLISA),
Klaus Heusslein (FGG), Daniel Vaudrin (GLISA) represented their organizations at the weekend’s meeting hosted by Fierté Montréal Pride.
Also participating were Kurt Dahl for the FGG and legal counsel for both organizations.

Roger Brigham, FGG Board Member At-Large

Kurt Dahl, FGG Co-President

FGG, GLISA suspend project for joint event
Goal was a single Gay Games – Outgames event in 2018

San Francisco, CA – (10 May 2012) During the weekend of 5-6 May 2012, representatives of the boards of the international Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) met in Montreal with the goal of approving a memorandum of understanding for the organization of a joint event in 2018 bringing together the Gay Games and the World Outgames. Such an agreement was not reached by the weekend’s deadline and a subsequent three-day extension.

This was to be the final step in a process that began over two years ago to respond to the desire of stakeholders to provide a single quadrennial LGBT sports and cultural event. “This was a noble effort by both the FGG and GLISA to identify the best way to hold our sports and cultural festivals along with a human rights component in a single combined event for all our constituents,” said FGG Co-President Kurt Dahl.

“We understand each other better,” said Dahl. “Numerous common goals were identified as well as the differences in operations and missions of the two organizations. But ultimately we concluded a mutually satisfactory agreement cannot be reached in time for the 2018 event cycle.”

Great progress was made, including during the Montreal meetings. The parties had reached agreement on issues such as the division of voting rights, governance for site selection and host relations, the time and location of the joint site selection meeting, and even the name of the joint event. The FGG has achieved significant support from its membership on these issues, notably through a series of information and discussion sessions at its most recent annual general assembly held in Toronto in October 2011. There remained, however, significant outstanding issues. These included the financial burden placed on the host. The current Gay Games model has financial risk being shared between the FGG and the host organization, and the FGG board believes it is important to maintain this principle.

Another was the FGG’s belief that the best way for individuals to make an informed choice when voting for site selection is to be physically present at the selection meeting.

A final offer for the proposed combined 2018 event was made in Montreal by the FGG the afternoon of 6 May but was not accepted by GLISA at the end of the extension they proposed.

The FGG hopes to pursue a working relationship with GLISA and discuss the possibility of the organizations merging.

The process of choosing the host of Gay Games X in 2018, previously delayed so as to offer every chance for reaching agreement on a single event, will begin immediately with the publication of a Request For Information (RFI) to be followed by the beginning of July 2012 with a Request For Proposals (RFP).

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 www.gaygames.org.

The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH August 9-16, 2014. For information about Gay Games 9 in 2014, visit www.gg9cle.com.

Read all blog posts on this project for a single quadrennial event HERE.