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.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Interview with Windy City Times' Tracy Baim

From an interesting interview of Tracy Baim, a key player in Chicago Games Inc. and the winner of the 2009 FGG Legacy Award for Journalism, by Jessica Lewinstein on the OutFrontBlog:

Jessica: I know that you took a very active role in ensuring the success of Gay Games Chicago back in 2006, can you attribute it to any specific initiatives or programs that you had implemented?

Tracy: It was just pure hard work and making connections. We negotiated the best contracts we could, and then we had a few key individuals who helped us in the final stretch (Dick Uyvari, Joe LaPat, Michael Leppen and Fred Eychaner in particular) reach our final and most important goal, breaking even financially. We had thousands of volunteers, a core board, and key staff to make Gay Games come off the best we could, in the short time we had.

Jessica: What do you consider the successes of Chicago ’06? The Challenges?

Tracy: The most important success was breaking even, the first gay Games to do so in 20 years. It took a year of extra work after, but it was very important to me and my own reputation to get to break even. The challenge was the time we had to implement the Gay games, it was shortened from previous efforts, and we did had some Chicagoan who were against the Gay games coming. We had a lot of work to do. I was co-vice chair and was very lucky to have a great board, especially co-vice chair Kevin Boyer and co-chairs Sam Coady and Suzi Arnold. We had some amazing people involved, all with different skills to complement one another.

Jessica: In light of the Gay Games having moved from Chicago to Cologne, and now to Cleveland, is there anything you learned that you would like to share for future Gay Games hosts?

Tracy: Too much to say here! But for sure it is important to remain committed to a sports and culture event, and outsource as much as possible related to parties and other ancillary stuff. Make sure all businesses and groups in your community have a stake in helping, whether it is financial, providing volunteers, or helping promote the event. Work with all diverse elements of our community to ensure the event’s success.

Read the full interview HERE.

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