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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gay Games VII pioneer appointed as Chicago city Commissionner for Human Rights Department

Congratulations to a friend of the Gay Games who has been appointed to an important position in the new municipal administration of Chicago. From the Windy City Times:

Mona Noriega has been appointed by Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel as commissioner of the Chicago Department on Human Relations (CHR). A long-time lesbian activist, Noriega is former head of the Midwest office of Lambda Legal, and a key early leader of Amigas Latinas.

CHR oversees the city's work on diversity and human relations, including through eight advisory councils such as the Advisory Council on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Bill Greaves is the director the LGBT council, and as of now he appears to be keeping the post under the new mayoral administration.

"I'm delighted to welcome Mona Noriega as our new commissioner and look forward to working with her," Greaves said.


Noriega is a well-known community activist who has worked on LGBT and Latina issues since the late 1970s. She has been a volunteer, board member and staff member for a wide range of groups serving individuals across the region. She co-founded the Lambda Legal Midwest Office with attorney Pat Logue in 1993, and two years later co-founded the important Latina lesbian group Amigas Latinas.


Born and raised in Chicago, Noriega's father was Mexican and her mother Irish. She raised two children and is partners with another long-time community activist, Evette Cardona. Both women are in Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Noriega's experience includes [...]Co-chair and later staff member for the original 2001 bid for the Gay Games coming to Chicago in 2006.


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