Friday, October 31, 2008

Miami chosen as a finalist for 2014 Gay Games

Miami has been named one of the four finalist cities for the 2014 Gay Games.  From the press release:

Groups from Miami (Florida), Cleveland (Ohio) Boston (Massachusetts), and Washington (D.C.), have submitted letters of intent to bid for the ninth edition of the Gay Games, to be held in 2014, officials announced at the close of the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Fourteen (14) cities worldwide had expressed interest in hosting the 2014 Gay Games,” said Darl Schaaff, co-chair of the Federation's Site Selection Committee. “We are very excited to now have four highly qualified bidders for the 2014 Gay Games who met the 20 October 2008 letter-of-intent deadline.”

Cleveland?  Who wants to go to Cleveland?
The Gay Games is a huge event, drawing tens of thousands of people from all over the world to compete in sporting events, much like the Olympics--with events opened almost entirely co-ed, including male synchronized swimming (pictured).  A few actual gay Olympians compete in each Games; and it's also a major social event as well, attracting as many spectators as athletes.

There are two major organizations that sponsor Olympics-style gay sporting events: OutGames was created to compete with the Gay Games, which may not have been the greatest idea: the last OutGames in Montreal ended up $5.3 million in debt. It's anyone's guess as to whether or not they'll come back from the dead.

A final decision will be made based on community support in each city (including tax breaks, presumably, so this now falls in the lap of the city government).


Blogger KevinAllTerrain said...

It's important to note that while the last OutGames lost $5.3 million dollars, the last GAY GAMES in Chicago actually broke even. What's more impressive is that this took place during the same year as the competing OutGames event, further underscoring the value of the Gay Games.

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Anonymous Cleveland Synergy Foundation said...

Rodeo Sporting Event Added to Cleveland Bid for Gay Games 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio, December 9, 2008 – In an effort to secure the opportunity for Cleveland to be the host city for Gay Games IX and increase the broad-base appeal of the event, Cleveland Synergy Foundation today expanded its proposed sports events to include a rodeo through a partnership with the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). This marks the first time in the Gay Games twenty-six year history the IGRA has been engaged to produce a rodeo for the event.

“We are pleased to support Cleveland Synergy Foundation’s bid to host the Gay Games in Cleveland,” remarked IGRA president, Brian Helander. “This provides an opportunity for the best amateur rodeo athletes in the world to compete in this internationally recognized event.”

Boasting more than 5,000 members across the United States and Canada, the IGRA represents one of the largest LGBT organizations in existence. The IGRA joins local supporters including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Positively Cleveland in Cleveland Synergy Foundation’s initiative to secure the Gay Games IX in Cleveland.

“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the IGRA in our effort to make Cleveland the home for Gay Games 2014,” commented W. Doug Anderson, co-founder of Cleveland Synergy Foundation. “The inclusion of a rodeo enhances our bid to host the event and helps build Canadian participation through IGRA’s strong membership base.”

Gay Games IX will be held in 2014 and will include more than thirty sporting and cultural events. More than 12,000 participants and tens of thousands of family, friends, fans, and spectators are anticipated to travel to the host city for the event. Past Gay Games have yielded a significant economic impact to host cities, with estimates ranging from $60-$80 million.

About Cleveland Synergy Foundation
Cleveland Synergy Foundation is a public benefit corporation organized and operated to measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the greater Cleveland LGBT and Straight communities by attracting and creating significant cultural, athletic and benevolent events and festivals.
Please visit for more information.

About the International Gay Rodeo Association
The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) is an organization comprised of numerous regional Gay Rodeo Associations from across the United States and Canada. IGRA, in collaboration with member associations, assist these associations in raising and donating thousands of dollars to charity in their communities each year. The Gay and Lesbian Communities of the United States and Canada have been enriched by the educational efforts of IGRA through its sanctioning and sponsorship of the various events and activities which are a part of what we call "Gay Rodeo". For more information, visit

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