|Gay Games VII opening ceremony, Soldier Field, Chicago, photo John Faier|
Restructuring: But 2006 held much more in store for the Federation. On the heels of Gay Games VII, the FGG concluded a major transformation of its organisation and functioning. At its 2006 Annual Meeting in Lyon, France, FGG members voted to modify the Federation's bylaws to streamline operations and reduce the number of board members from some 60 to 20-25, and to create a new Assembly ready to welcome member organizations from around the world. The transformations have continued since 2006 as members and the worldwide community provide their feedback and suggestions for a continued evolution.
Conference: At the same annual meeting, coordinated by Manuel Picaud, the FGG co-sponsored a two-day academic conference on "Sport, Identiy, Homosexuality, and Homophobia" in close collaboration with Philippe Liotard and the University of Lyon and the Centre for Research and Innovation in Sport (CRIS).
With participants from all over the world, papers were presented and discussed at the conference, the proceedings of which have since been published as Sport et homosexualités.
Since 2006, FGG representatives have continued to be involved in panel discussions and seminars with groups around the world and Philippe Liotard remains a solid supporter of the Gay Games and LGBT sport.