This event sparked a sense of pride in me that I have never experienced. I was proud hearted on so many levels. One, to live in the greatest city that is Chicago. Secondly, to be involved with such an organization as Chicago Games, Inc., giving me the pedestal to represent Chicago from. I was overwhelmed by all of the friends that I met and of the athletes who medaled and/or performed their personal best. Mostly I was elated to be gay! Chicago shined across the midwest and across the globe. I met several people and all, I mean ALL of the people I encountered had such great things to say about how they were received by Chicago. While out in Boystown, the pride of the city beamed brighter than the rainbow flag made up of the athletes at opening ceremony.
The host hotel was so accommodating and treated everyone with the respect and dignity that only a first-class hotel in a first-class city can. The volunteers poured into headquarters to help out. From veteran volunteers that created CGI, to the newbies arriving to hand out water, to the warehouse workers, to the professional volunteers ( medical, security, coaches, massage, social workers, community organizations, etc. ) was an outpouring of support like none this person has seen. This is something to be proud of Chicago. We rocked! I think that all of gay/lesbian/trans Chicagoans should pat themselves on the back for a job well done. It takes a village ... and we stepped up.
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