The opening ceremony for the Gay Games takes place in Paris this weekend, kicking off 10 days of athletic and cultural events celebrating diversity, love and equality. Open to people of all sexual orientations and all levels of athletic ability, the 10th edition of the Games is expected to draw 15, participants from more than 70 countries. Along with sports like swimming, diving, cycling and figure skating, attendees will enjoy concerts, dance performances, academic conferences and tours of the historic city.
The Gay Games and its international Federation exist to serve the needs of athletes, artists, and activists. The mission is to promote equality for all, and in particular for lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people throughout the world. These athletes, artists, and activists unite every four years for an event that has literally changed the world.
The first edition of the Games was held in The Hague in Since then, it has spread on a large scale involving not only the LGBTI sphere, but also the social and civil fabric of the host countries and cities, characterizing the initiatives not only from a sporting point of view, but also from a cultural, tourist and economic point of view. It is the largest multi-sport event for athletes, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation in Europe.
Sprint stars shine and glass shatters at Lima At the Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili's actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials.
The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that promotes acceptance of sexual diversityfeaturing lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT athletes and artists. Founded as the Gay Olympicsit was started in the United States in San Francisco, Californiainas the brainchild of Olympic decathlete Mexico City and medical doctor Tom WaddellRikki Streicher and others,  whose goals were to promote the spirit of inclusion and participation, as well as to promote the pursuit of personal growth in a sporting event. It retains similarities with the Olympic Gamesincluding the Gay Games flame which is lit at the opening ceremony.
When the Olympic Games come around every two years, it always feels a bit bittersweet to us. We love the dazzling performances of extraordinary athletes like Simone Biles and Michael Phelps. However, the Olympics also bring back the sting of the United States Olympic Committee going to court back in to stop Dr.
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The Games have grown in size and stature since their inception in San Francisco indeveloping in parallel with a vibrant gay sports movement around the world.
Well just before the 10th Gay Games come to Paris this August, we decided to go back in time and bring you up to speed on its long and proud sporting history. We also touch on the negotiation breakdown between the Gay Games Federation and the city of Montreal in its bid to host the Games. Let us tell you, how it all went down. Read on and savor the joy of proud and out sportspeople and be shocked by the bare-faced opportunism of Montreal.
Thomas F. Waddellan Olympic decathlete. The name was changed after the United States Olympic Committee sued, and a Supreme Court decision upheld a ban on its use.