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.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Gay Games veteran looks forward to Gay Games IX in Cleveland

Honorary Danes, before opening ceremony in Cologne
We were delighted to find this post on the Facebook page of Gay Games IX (facebook.com/gaygamescleveland) from a long-time fan of the Gay Games, Alan J. Anderson:

I was thrilled to be a volunteer at the Games in NY in '94, even happier to compete (and win a Bronze Medal in Bowling) in Amsterdam, '98, to compete in bowling again and win Gold in Sydney in '02, to compete yet again (but no medals, drat!) in Chicago in '06, and participate in Choral singing in Cologne in 2010.

Each Games was unique and wonderful, and while you never forget "your first one" I also feel that each Games has, in its own way, been somehow even better than the one before. I can't wait to attend in 2014 in Cleveland + Akron!

After asking Alan if we could repost this here, he told us that he was one of the participants interviewed for the book Let the Games beGay. Here's more about this book (which you can order in the US and Germany via our Amazon links, left):

Touching moments captured at some of world’s largest sporting events of the special kind.

Coming from the Americas or Zimbabwe, gays and lesbians recall their personal highlights at the Gay Games in Sydney and the Eurogames in Munich.*
Participants of many different nations and teams are presented in individual portraits, rendering their impressions, thoughts and feelings, all of which are illustrated with pictures and snapshots taken during the events.

An array of chapters such as on the history of the games for gay athletes, on organisational matters, or on gay culture and politics, wrapped up with useful address listings, numbers and facts, crowned by a real VIP-editorial make this book a must-read.

Let the games beGay, a vibrant documentation of the world’s greatest sports festivals for gay people, aims at promoting international sporting events such as the Gay Games, Out Games and Eurogames – to make them heard all over the globe.

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