How many people participate in the Gay Games?
Since 1994, each Gay Games has drawn 10,000-12,000 participants, figures comparable to the Summer Olympics. The Gay Games are one of the world's largest amateur athletic events, and the largest event open to all adults.
- Gay Games VIII in Cologne in 2010 attracted some 10,000 participants from about 70 countries.
- Gay Games VII in Chicago in 2006 attracted 11,500 participants from 70 countries.
- Gay Games VI in Sydney Australia in 2002 attracted 12,100 participants. .
It is difficult to estimate the number of visitors and spectators attracted by the Gay Games, but it clearly represents thousands more in addition to the registered participants, along with hundreds of volunteers from the local community.