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, April 1, 2011

History of Team Great Lakes documented in collection donated to University of Michigan library

At the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library, you can now consult the Dewey Ames collection, with a strong connection to the Gay Games.

Dewey Ames was a Michigan native, residing in the Detroit Metro Area. As an active member of the gay community, Ames joined and organized the Detroit team, and later Team Great Lakes, which both participated in the Gay Games. The games began in 1982 as a cultural event for the purpose of unity and identity within the national and international gay and lesbian community. Ames was also involved in charity and fundraising events supporting a local AIDS organization.

Scope and Content Note

The collection largely documents Dewey Ames involvement in the Gay Games throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. The emphasis of these sporting events was to help the Gay and Lesbian Community establish a global unity and strengthen their identity. The Papers of Dewey Ames are arranged into two series, Personal Records, and Other Materials.

The Personal Records series documents Ames’ involvement in the Gay Games, as well as the organizing of Team Great Lakes, in which he participated. Other items are related to his personal life and interest in Gay issues and culture.

The Other Materials series contains pictures of Team Great Lakes, Gay Games IV, and of the 25th Anniversary of Stonewall March in New York. Negatives are included with each set of the photos in a separate envelope. Ephemera included are pins, identification cards, and similar items from the Gay Games and other events. There is also one short video which includes Ames as an interviewee about the Gay Games and their significance.

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