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.

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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, January 6, 2011

Kurt Dahl looks back at Gay Games VIII

Ambassador Philip Murphy, FGG co-presidents Emy Ritt (Paris) and Kurt Dahl (Chicago), and Deputy Mayor Angela Spizig
From an interview with Federation of Gay Games co-president Kurt Dahl for the Windy City Times:

Kurt Dahl will never forget three magical moments from Gay Games VIII, held this past August in Cologne, Germany.

There was, for one, singer Taylor Dayne surrounded by fire at the Opening Ceremony, doing what she does best.

There was the moment by Dahl's partner, Jeff Clark, who proved with his softball teammates that they had the best team in the tournament. They won the gold medal—and Dahl put the medal around his husband's neck.

Then there was the day he spent with the American ambassador to Germany and the Cologne vice mayor, touring the venues.

"The Games in Cologne were amazing," said Dahl, who celebrated his 49th birthday Aug. 8—the day after the eight-day sports and cultural extravaganza ended. "I was very happy with the Games Cologne organization. Most of the organization was made up of volunteers; [ there were ] very [ few ] paid staff and there was great deal of work. The team pulled it off and I am very proud of their accomplishments. The city was amazing and the weather was perfect—sunny, but cool. The venues were good and many of the venues were close together, so a participant and spectators could see many different sports all within walking distance.

"There is not one thing I would say I was disappointed in."

That includes the turnout, which numbered about 9,500 participants from 65 countries.

"Given the economic conditions and the strong Euro, I was very pleased with the turnout," he said. "The participation was truly global."

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