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Guadalajara Mexico in the bid for Gay Games 2022

Posted: 05/01/2017

By: GAY PV Magazine

Guadalajara Mexico in the bidding for Gay Games 2022. The eight city bidders currently in the running include Austin and Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Hong Kong. The Games have never taken place in Mexico or Asia. The fee to be considered is $7500 USD. 

San Francisco is where the Gay Games first got their start in 1982. Since the first Gay Games in 1982, the Federation of Gay Games has promoted equality in and by sport and culture and ensured that the Gay Games, the world’s largest sports and culture festival open to all, take place every four years under the founding principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™. Their mission is to promote equality for all, and in particular for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people throughout the world.

The Gay Games is the world's largest sporting and cultural event specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes, artists and musicians, founded by Tom Waddell, Rikki Streicher and others. The 1994 Gay Games, held in New York City to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the modern start of the LGBT movement, "overtook the Olympics in size" with 10,864 athletes compared to 9,356 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 10,318 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Founded as the Gay Olympics, it was started in the United States in San Francisco, California, in 1982, as the brainchild of Olympic decathlete (Mexico City 1968) and medical doctor Tom Waddell, whose goals were to promote the spirit of inclusion and participation, as well as to promote the pursuit of personal growth in a sporting event. It retains similarities with the Olympic Games, including the Gay Games flame which is lit at the opening ceremony.

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