|7-9 September 2012|
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|
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
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, December 31, 2010
Four-time Olympic equestrian medalist Robert Dover hosted a who’s-who of gay Olympians on his radio show this week to talk about teen suicide and life for gay kids after high school and college. The show featured Guenter Seidel, Blake Skjellerup, Sherri Cassuto and David Pichler, along with messages from Mark Tewksbury and [Gay Games Ambassador] Bruce Hayes.
Listen HERE or on the player below:
Am Samstagabend endeten die VIII Gay-Games mit einer Abschlussfeier im Kölner Rheinpark, am Tanzbrunnen. Zu den Olympischen Spielen der Lesben und Schwulen waren rund 10.000 Teilnehmer aus aller Welt zusammengekommen. Eine Woche voller Emotionen, aber auch kritischer Stimmen. "Warum brauchen die eigene, olympische Spiele und was hat das mit Integration zu tun? Waren die Gay-Games gar nur eine riesige Party, bei der der Sport eher Nebensache war?", fragte sich so manch einer. In der Tat wies das Leistungsvermögen teilweise eine große Bandbreite auf, im Bereich der Leichtathletik gab es beispielsweise Altersklassenbereiche, wo das Ergebnis mangels Mitstreiter unerheblich war. Während manche Sportveranstalter mit einem gewissen Neid die Sportförderung aus öffentlichen Töpfen für eine derartige Veranstaltung kritisierten, setzt die Co-Präsidentin Annette Wachter entgegen, dass gut 12.000 Medaillen vergeben, sowie 29 Weltrekorde aufgestellt wurden.
Continue reading HERE.
Són moltes les històries de nens que comencen donant puntades de peu a una pilota descalços en un barri humil i acaben arribant a dalt de tot. Encara en són més, malgrat que es coneixen menys, les dels xavals que comencen igual i la vida els acaba obligant a renunciar al futbol. La de Walter García és una història a mig camí i amb matisos. «Jo era molt bo, però un dia la meva mare em va dir que havia de decidir entre estudiar i jugar a futbol. I ho vaig deixar. Durant anys em vaig sentir incomplet». Walter no va abandonar mai del tot la seva gran passió; encara més, amb els anys va decidir unir-la a la que es va convertir en la seva gran lluita, la lluita contra la discriminació dels homosexuals. «Un dia vaig entendre que per ser un campió un ha de ser un mateix». Ara ho explica amb una medalla d'or al coll, la que acaba de guanyar amb la selecció argentina de futbol gai (SAFGay) en la vuitena edició dels Gay Games que es van celebrar la setmana passada a Colònia. «Ha sigut dificilíssim arribar fins aquí, però era molt important per a nosaltres precisament aquest any en què l'Argentina ha guanyat la seva pròpia medalla d'or amb la llei de matrimoni per a persones del mateix sexe», afirma Walter emocionat.
The founder of one of the first gay football teams [in the UK] said he was "pinching himself" after being appointed an MBE.
Londoner Aslie Pitter, 50, was recognised for helping to tackle homophobia after setting up London-based Stonewall FC almost 20 years ago.
He told the BBC it was nerve-racking being one of the first openly gay teams to "put our heads on the block" and start playing Sunday football.
Keep reading HERE.
L'une des plus grandes compétitions sportives du monde, avec ses 10 000 sportifs et sportives, les Gay Games sont aussi la plus grande manifestation sportive ouverte à tous au monde, sans épreuves de qualification, sans critère de sexualité, de sexe, de profession, ou d'âge. Organisés sous les principes de "Participation, Ouverture, et Dépassement de soi", tout adulte peut s'y inscrire et y concourir, aux côtés de sportifs de tout niveau, allant du débutant au médaillé olympique. Seul critère : la capacité de régler l'inscription et les frais annexes, puisque les sportifs concernés ne sont pas envoyés par leurs fédérations nationales, mais participent avec leurs propres moyens. Pour permettre au plus grand nombre de sportifs de par le monde de connaître les Gay Games, la FGG propose des bourses, dont le financement dépend de la solidarité de chacun. Nous vous invitons à y contribuer (www.gaygames.org/en/donate).
Voici un extrait du Livre blanc rédigé en 1982 par le docteur Tom Waddell, le fondateur des Gay Games, afin de répondre à la question : Pourquoi des Gay Games?
Les Gay Games San Francisco 1982 qui viennent de se dérouler constituent un évènement phénoménal dans l'histoire des homosexuels. Ce fut une Olympiade dans le sens le plus authentique du terme : un festival sportif et artistique.
Mais ces jeux ont été bien plus encore !
Ces premiers Gay Games ont été une véritable expérience collective en matière d'unité et d'éducation. Ils ont également été un puissant moteur de changement.
J'emploie le mot « expérience » dans son sens scientifique, puisqu'il s'agissait d'un processus de découverte. En regardant de près notre communauté faite de femmes et d'hommes qui vivent leur homosexualité de manière ouverte, nous constatons actuellement une période de mutation rapide. Nous sommes en train de passer d'une communauté unidimensionnelle luttant contre la discrimination à une communauté complexe à facettes multiples, capable de proposer une multitude d'horizons nouveaux pour nous-mêmes, et pour autrui.
En tant que femmes et hommes ouvertement homosexuels, nous avons obtenu de nouvelles et importantes libertés qui vont dans le sens d’une libération de l'oppression liée à nos préférences sexuelles. Mais notre lutte ne doit pas s'y cantonner. Ces progrès récents font partie d'un processus qui doit s'élargir pour englober d'autres secteurs de nos vies. En bref, nous devons mieux connaître le processus de notre libération sexuelle pour mieux le mettre en œuvre en vue d'autres formes de libération.
Dans les Gay Games il n’y a ni séparatisme, ni exclusion. Ils ne sont pas orientés vers la victoire et ne visent pas de profits commerciaux. Au contraire, ils visent à rassembler une communauté mondiale dans un esprit d'amitié, à expérimenter la participation, à ouvrir les esprits et à renforcer l'estime de soi, tout en réalisant une certaine synergie culturelle et intellectuelle.
Belmont University administration
Homophobes in European soccer
The man posing as Mikey
Learn more about these worthy nominees and vote HERE.
COLONIA - Una medaglia d'argento nel tennis, parecchi podi sfiorati d'un soffio e tante altre buone prove. Genovesi e liguri si sono fatti onore ai Gay Games di Colonia, kermesse sportiva e non che per una settimana ha visto protagonisti diecimila atleti da settanta Paesi. Erano una ventina, divisi in tante discipline ma soprattutto concentrati nella pallavolo e nel nuoto.
L'argento nel tennis è di un imperiese. Due i genovesi titolari del King Kickers, la squadra di calcio che si è piazzata al quarto posto finale ed era guidata da un terzo genovese, il giornalista de La7 Paolo Colombo. Che preso atto del grande successo della manifestazione tedesca, prova a rilanciare: i Mondiali di calcio gay in Italia. A Milano, in occasione dell'Expo 2015. "O magari a Genova, città che lo scorso anno ha dimostrato di essere molto gay friendly". Ma il sogno è anche un altro: "Coinvolgere Genoa e Sampdoria in una campagna contro l'omofobia. Tra i calciatori genovesi ci sono tanti ragazzi intelligenti e sensibili, sono sicuro che ci darebbero una mano a far cadere tanti stupidi pregiudizi".
Keep reading HERE.
COLONIA - Diecimila atleti da settanta paesi di tutto il mondo, quaranta discipline diverse: i Gay Games 2010 si sono chiusi ieri a Colonia e per una settimana è stato uno straordinario successo sportivo e culturale, che ha visto oltre duecento atleti azzurri protagonisti. Sette giorni di gare in diversi settori (atletica leggera, nuoto, basket, volley, tennis, calcio, badminton, nuoto sincronizzato - per uomini e donne - , lotta, scacchi, danza, free climbing, softball, vela, ciclismo, biliardo, arti marziali, sollevamento pesi, pallamano, pattinaggio, golf, hockey, bridge, bowling, culturismo) e sette notti di feste coloratissime nella città sul Reno, con concerti tutte e gala.
Read in full HERE.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
As [the Chicago Rowing Union] glides into its five-year anniversary next month, Chicagoist caught up with Curcio to discuss the organization’s accomplishments, common misconceptions about the sport (hint: coxwains do more than yell at the rowers), and why the team adopted a new moniker last year.
Chicagoist:Talk about some of CRU’s most notable achievements over the last 5 years—How has the organization grown and evolved?
Scott Curcio: It’s been quite a journey over our short five year existence. Competing internationally, recruiting our first women, having professional coaches join our group, purchasing our first boats, attaining 501(c)3 non-profit status—those are a few of our most notable highlights. What began as a group of 12 men with no experience, learning to row, and then winning medals at the Gay Games, has evolved into a full-fledged rowing organization that now has several race wins to our credit. Our on-water results mimic the success we’ve had off the water.
C: CRU’s original name was Qrew—why did the name change to Chicago Rowing Union in 2009?
SC: CRU changed its name to best reflect our mission—inclusion is an important part of what we do, and we felt it was important that our name reflect that as well. We welcome anyone who wants to be a part of our organization—gender or sexual orientation is irrelevant. In fact, we have had several straight team members and coaches over the years! Changing our name made it very clear that—gay or straight—you can find your place with CRU.
Read the full article HERE.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So John, how were the Gay Games?!
It was fantastic. I hesitated at first, but when I arrived and saw athletes competing so hard, and then showing their camaradery during and after the events, that galvanized the city of Cologne. It was just great.
Did you meet French athletes? They had great results in a number of events.
I did meet some French athletes, mostly in basketball and track. The basketball team was pretty good, and could be proud of the way they played.
What's your best memory of this event?
I think it was the part of town where there were bars where athletes met up in the street at the end of the day to unwind. It was amazing to see so many great athetes, all gay, and all in one place!
Read the full interview HERE.
How did you find the Gay Games?
I was never so inspired in my life. I heard stories that touched me deeply. It was an experience I'll never forget.
What is the more important memory you have of the Gay Games in Cologne?
Opening Ceremony, of course! I read the Athletes' Oath in a stadium for 10,000 persons. It was incredible.
Did you meet French athletes?
Yes, when I went to the pool!
Read the full interview HERE.
Highlights in this issue:
- Cover art by noted artists Pierre et Gilles
- Special section on sport and HIV
- Sports iPhone apps
- Profiles of FSGL clubs Football Club Paris Arc en ciel and Groupe Grimpe et Glisse (skiing, climbing...)
- News from the FSGL
- Interviews with Matthew Mitcham, John Amaechi, and cover model bodybuilder Brigitte Javel
- Focus on women's sport: Les Marsupiloupettes volleyball team
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Ndumie and her volunteer supporters first sent a formal letter to South Africa's Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe, calling on him to declare 'corrective rape' a hate crime and work to find solutions to the 'corrective rape' epidemic.
"The South African government and the justice system is failing these victims of corrective rape by letting the perpetrators out on ridiculously low bail, and taking literally years to bring the court-cases to a conclusion," read the petition to the minister. "In the meantime the victims have to live with seeing their rapists every day, being taunted and threatened by them, as are those who help the victims!"
When the minister did not reply, the women launched a petition. It soon became the most popular Change.org petition of all time, and has garnered more than 60,000 signatures to date.
What did Jeff Radebe, charged with leading the cause of justice in South Africa, do after receiving the message that tens of thousands of people all over the world had demanded he do something about 'corrective rape'?
To date, the only communication from the minister's office was a terse email from Tlali Tlali, the minister's chief of staff, to Ben Rattray, the founder of Change.org, saying that the minister finds it "wholly unnecessary for you to send so many individualized emails whose content is the same... You have made it virtually impossible for us to access other emails as doing so is like looking for a needle in a haystack."
"We provide supporters of campaigns hosted on Change.org with the ability to send direct emails to targets with their own individual email address, and do not censor these emails," Ben replied. "We appreciate your understanding and assistance in obtaining a formal response to this matter, which is something I know will continue to grow in interest among people across the world in the coming weeks should we not receive a response from the Minister."
We have not yet received a reply from the Minister Radebe's office.
To sum up what has happened here: a tiny group of grassroots community activists in the townships of Cape Town have successfully used a Change.org petition to get tens of thousands of people all over the world to join the call for a South African minister to do something about a series of unbelievably heinous and unpunished crimes.
He has ignored them, not even instructing a staff member to pick up the phone and arrange a meeting.
Today the activists of Luleki Sizwe once again showed that they refuse to be ignored, and are pushing a new petition simply calling on Minister Radebe to meet with Luleki Sizwe founder Ndumie Funda.
Let's show the South African government that we will continue to get thousands of signatures every time our support is needed, until the 'corrective rape' epidemic is finally taken seriously.
Please sign the petition below and forward it to everyone you know.
Click HERE to sign.
Mickey Rourke has confirmed he’s tackling a new movie role based on the true story of a gay rugby player.
The actor met up with Welsh sports ace Gareth Thomas over the summer, prompting rumours the pair was set to bring the athlete’s tale to the big screen - and the gossip is true.
Rourke says, “I read the story, it’s one of the toughest, hardest sports... and to be a man that plays rugby that is gay, to live with that secret for the amount of years Gareth had, to perform at the high level he performed at, it takes a lot of courage.”
And the Wrestler star admits he’s already in training to master Thomas’ Welsh accent.
Thomas hit headlines last year when he became the first rugby union player to ’come out’ as a gay man.
My guess is that if we see more Koelsch action than football action, it's because the photographer was on the field during the matches...
Monday, December 27, 2010
Josh, Buddy, Alfonzo, Connie, Eric, and Jay would all like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. It's Christmas Eve, and we've put together a brand-new special show for you.
Grab some hot cocoa, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
In Sports News this week, Buddy gives us the run down on who has been naughty or nice this year. My my, there's so many getting coal in their stockings this year.
Sports Pop hits a hard topic today when Alfonzo discovers Michael Vick plans to get another dog after abusing and killing almost 50 dogs before. Is he a changed man?
Hot Topics: DADT Repealed! Thank you Obama!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
New Zealand athletes have blitzed the podiums at an international sporting competition with a bit of a difference.
They have won at least 36 medals at Gay Games Cologne in Germany, where 10,000 gay athletes from more than 70 countries are competing.
Team Auckland Masters Swimming have made a massive splash, hauling in 19 medals from the pool in Germany.
The gay gamers have also picked up 12 track and field medals and five cycling medals.
Wellington 57-year-old Don Barclay is surely the Kiwi story of the games, coming back from breaking his wrist in October to win gold medals in his age group in both discus and shot put by massive margins.
Read it HERE.
VIII Gay Games were successfully celebrated in Cologne from 31st July to 7th August. For information about this important event, please see www.gamescologne.de. Thanks to the invitation by the organisers and FGG (Federation of Gay Games), EGLSF and the EuroGames were visibly present during the whole celebration of the event.
EGLSF feels proud of the accomplishment achieved by its member Janus Cologne, which celebrated recently its 30th anniversary. Just after VIII Gay Games, FGG held its General Assembly. EGLSF was officially invited and many EGLSF clubs participated in it as FGG members.
Brian Burke isn't just a legend of the NHL. He's a fists-up, knock-your-teeth-out gladiator. But when his hockey-loving son came out of the closet and died soon after, he was thrust into a strange new role: advocate for gays in a macho sports culture. He's no cheerleader—he looks like he hates every minute of it—but locker-room homophobia may have finally met its match.
He tells the boys that it took a lot of courage for his son to tell him he was gay: "If you look at the line of work I'm in, the macho image that I have, I'm probably the biggest proponent of hard-nosed hockey that there is on the planet." He reminds them of the Welsh professional rugby player Gareth Thomas, one of the most rugged guys in the world, who recently came out. Some of the kids are bored, and you can see it in their restless legs. He grabs their attention back with a story about bullying when he was in ninth grade. "We had a boy with a learning disability in our class, and I came out of gym class and someone had tipped his books on the floor. Then someone kicked this kid, as hard as he could, as he bent down to pick up his books. I grabbed the kid who kicked him and threw him right through the trophy case on the other side of the hall. Broke all the glass, knocked all the trophies down. I just snapped. I didn't think it was right." This is the Brian Burke everybody in the room recognizes.
Burke finishes talking, invites questions, and steps back from the podium. The room is dead quiet until Burke needles them: "Not one question in a whole room full of kids?" When a student asks if he regrets tossing that bully into the glass case, Burke doesn't hesitate. "No. I know your teachers would like me to give a better answer than that, but no.... It seemed like a really good idea at that time, and the bullying stopped."
Read the full profile HERE.
So to get to see the cheerleading, live, right in front of my eyes was almost like one of my secret little dreams come true. Cheerleaders from San Francisco, New York and LA all gathered at Neumarkt for yet another Gay Games, but this year was different for them because this time they actually had a tournament too, but not before giving an unforgettable show the day before.
It was quite spectacular! The display of athletics and sportsmanship was very much a part of this and it was every bit as exciting as I imagined it would be. When I try to pinpoint what I like best about it, I decided it was the way the spectators are completely drawn in. At one point I looked around me and they too were chanting and cheering and clapping their hands like they were every bit a part of the display, just as much as the gymnasts themselves. The energy from the squad rippled through the crowds and people were just drawn to the stage from all around. So much so that I made a mental note to arrive earlier the next day for good viewing opportunities, and good thing I did because it seemed as if word had spread about how electric they had been and the audience had more than doubled. Not even the near monsoon sent people away and they just stood and cheered and got soaked right until the results came through.
Read the full post HERE.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Award for Dignity to football player Yoann Lemaire, the most visible victim of homophobia in football in France.
Award for Sports Leader to Bruno Aussenac, outgoing president of the FSGL: "pour l’ensemble de son œuvre au sein de la Fédération sportive gay et lesbienne (FSGL). Auréolé d’une médaille de la fédération des Gay Games, il laisse sa place à la vice-présidente de la fédé, Christelle Foucault à qui l’on souhaite les mêmes joies." (For all his work in the French LGBT sports federation. Honored with a medal from the Federation of Gay Games, he is leaving his place to the VP of the FSGL, Christelle Foucault, to whom we wish the same joys."
Award for the Best Smile to Matthew Mitcham: "Deux ans après son coming-out, il est toujours aussi heureux, motivé et toujours aussi charmant. Encore un que la communauté gay à la chance d’avoir. Et en sport? Toujours au top. Le champion olympique de plongeon de Pékin a toujours une belle marge de progression." (Two years after coming out, he's just as happy, motivated, and as charming as ever. One more guy the gay community is lucky to have. And in sport? Still at the top of his game. And the Beijing Olympic diving champion still has room to progress.)
Friday, December 24, 2010
Dear Friends of Gay Games,
As we approach the end of 2010, a year marked by successful Gay Games VIII in Cologne, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Gay Games we want to thank you all for your continued support and efforts.
With your help, thousands of participants around the world have participated in eight editions of the Gay Games. Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best ™, since Gay Games I in 1982, the Gay Games have promoted equality and human rights while empowering thousands of athletes and artists through sport and culture, fellowship and festivities.
To see the results of your work and continuing support, click HERE to see a summary of what the FGG has accomplished for each of the past five years.
As we look forward to another year of productive collaboration and move forward together towards Gay Games IX 2014 in Cleveland+Akron and One Quadrennial Event in 2018, we wish you all much health and happiness.
Onwards and upwards!
Emy Ritt and Kurt Dahl
Federation of Gay Games
|Taylor Dayne performs at opening ceremony at RheinEnergie Stadium in Cologne|
|Britta, Marie (Games Cologne) and Laura (FGG) at New York promo|
Games Cologne organized a series of North American and Australian tours to promote registration, which proved to be a great success, ensuring the presence of thousands of athletes from these key areas, a real achievement during a time of great economic distress and uncertainty,.
|Cleveland+Akron delegation at closing ceremony|
A delegation from Cleveland+Akron was present in Cologne, where they received the official FGG flag in a handover ceremony from Games Cologne.
In December, a licence agreement was signed with Cleveland Special Events Corporation, a non-profit entity including public, para-public and LGBT community representatives, to serve as Host of Gay Games VIII in 2014 in Cleveland+Akron, Ohio.
New Gay Games website: In January, FGG launched a new website www.gaygames.org, offering the possiblity of greater interactivity and faster updates. Work continues on transferring content from our former site and adding features such as an improved events calendar.
|Mayor of Cologne, Earle, La Riviere-Zijdel, Mitcham (photo Nicolas Datiche)|
Runs in past host cities, starting with San Francisco and including Vancouver, Sydney, Amsterdam, New York and Chicago, lead to the final run in Cologne on opening day of Gay Games VIII, with hundreds of people running, walking and biking along the banks of the Rhine. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Brent Nicholson Earle for ensuring that this event, along with the memorial quilt exhibition, takes place at each Gay Games.
|Inauguration of Memorial Quilt|
|Westerwelle greets Games Cologne Ambassadors|
|Equipe France (photo Nicolas Datiche)|
|"Sound of the Gay Games" gala concert|
|Award winners with official flage (N. Datiche)|
|photo Marc Naimark|
|photo Brad Fletcher|
|photo special permission from Patrick D. Reschke (glanzbilder.org)|
Record performances were obtained in several sports, including powerlifitng (German national record level) and swimming (masters).
Food, entertainment, and friendly encounters were availble at the villages at Rudolfplatz and Neumarkt, including a Women's Place and stages for live music and other entertainment, including the cheerleading competition.
|Pickup, Morgan, Rogat|
Neumarkt was also the site of the FGG booth, staffed by volunteers (special thanks to Jenna) and shared with the Cleveland delegation and sponsor Olivia Cruises. At the booth, visitors could take the WADA Athlete Outreach quiz, adapted to take into account the Gay Games VIII inclusive anti-doping policy.
|Matthew Mitcham at swimming venue|
|Ferris, Mitcham, Naidoo, Amaechi|
|CHEER SF at closing ceremony (photo Naimark)|
Closing ceremony took place outdoors at Tanzbrunnen park on the Rhine, with a festive "Oktoberfest" atmosphere.
Special thanks to Annette Wachter, Michael Lohaus, Christof Gaspers, Armin Lohaus, Barbara Strewinsky, and the ENTIRE Games Cologne team for their tremendous work that resulted in a fantastic week in Cologne for all!
|Brent Nicholson Earle and Sara Waddell Lewinstein|
Tribute to Gay Games Bidders: To show appreciation to those who have heeded the call to "take the flame", FGG invited a representative from each of the past twenty Gay Games Bidding Organisations to the Gay Games VIII Opening Ceremony and awarded a Gay Games Medal of Honour to each organisation as a token of their appreciation and gratitude at the FGG Awards Ceremony. This award was not only for the efforts and sacrifice of bidders in support of the Gay Games movement, but also for their longstanding cooperation and loyalty over the years. Over the last three decades, the Gay Games has been very fortunate to have had many bidders from all over the world step forward to participate in the Site Selection process. Without the support of bidders, the Gay Games would not be the premier LGBT international multisport and cultural festival that we know today. Therefore, it seemed only fitting to pay tribute to all Gay Games Bidders and to salute them for being key contributors to the almost 30-year Gay Games movement.
|Ambassador John Amaechi, Joey Justin, Kurt Dahl|
|Stone, Matthew Mitcham, Lischke, Strewinski, Leigh-Ann Naidoo|
|Annual Meeting at Pullman Hotel|
We take this opportunity to thank Darl Schaaff and our board liaison Martyn Pïckup for their work in ensuring the success of the various events organized by the FGG in Cologne.
|Kate Rowe at Women and Sport|
|Buthelezi and Naidoo|
|Agora du sport|
In January, the FGG was represented by Marc Naimark and Emy Ritt at the Agora du sport in Paris at a session on racism in sport, under the patronage of French international football legend and education activist Lilian Thuram. In March, Kate Rowe presented a paper on FGG's gender and gender equity policies at the International Working Group for Women and Sport's international conference in Sydney.
In July Darl Schaaff represented the FGG at the International Olympic Committee's Sport for All conference in Finland. And earlier this month Hlengiwe Buthelezi and Ambassador Leigh-Ann Naidoo represented the FGG at the 7th World Conference on Sport, Education, and Culture in Durban.
|Emy Ritt and Bruno Aussenac|
The first was presented earlier this month to outgoing president of French LGBT sports organization Fédération sportive gaie et lesbienne (FSGL), Bruno Aussenac, and the second will be announced in early 2011.
UNESCO: In November, discussions with UNESCO at their Paris headquarters were launched in the context of the UNESCO/IOC 7th World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education in Durban, South Africa. Further discussions will continue as FGG works to obtain UNESCO patronage for specific FGG events.
One Quadrennial Event: In March, the FGG Board issued a public statement supporting efforts to organise a joint quadrennial event with GLISA. With support and approval received from the FGG General Assembly at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Cologne, FGG members elected the Co-Presidents and five delegates to the 1QE Joint Working Group in an open and transparent voting process. With twenty-three candidates from around the world having applied to participate in the joint working group, the General Assembly reviewed the applications and voted to designate the top five choices by preferential voting. Special thanks to Marc Naimark and Sean Fitzgerald for managing the myriad of procedures and logistics and for ensuring complete transparency in the process.
We look forward to another year of productive and collaborative efforts as we go forward together towards Gay Games IX 2014 in Cleveland and One Quadrennial Event in 2018.