Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

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
Bern, Switzerland

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
Las Vegas
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.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

How do the Gay Games fight homophobia?

A Gay Games bid from Cleveland has prompted some interesting discussions on the role of the Gay Games in promoting human rights. What is a "good" host city for the Games? Should the Games only go to places seen to be "gay" destinations, or is part of the mission of the Gay Games (and similar events) to go to less obvious places? As FGG board members recently discovered at the site selection meeting for the 2011 and 2012 EuroGames, the question applies not just to the Gay Games.

Here's a discussion of the Cleveland bid from Queerty:

All things being equal, Cleveland should get the event specifically because it's not a happy gay wonderland. One of the more irritating aspects of the gay community is our tendency to think that we only exist in big liberal cities on the coast, but yes, Chelsea, there are homosexuals in Cleveland, too. If we're going to decry protest marches that never leave the gay ghetto, we should embrace the idea that the Gay Games is far more valuable as a teaching tool than it is as a moneymaker.

Note: Information found here about Gay Games IX bids in no way implies any opinion from the FGG about these bids or any preference for one or another bidding organization.

1 comment:

Brucie said...

Rainbow greetings!

This is Bruce Amoroto, President-Coordinator of Philippine Forum on Sports, Culture, Sexuality and Human Rights Inc (TEAM PILIPINAS). We would like to inform everyone that the we are organizing the Philippine delegation to the Cologne 2010 Gay Games.


If you have Filipino friends who would like to be part of the initiative in representing the Philippines in the 2010 Gay Games, please refer them to us. Our websites are as follows:

and our email address is

Best regards,