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Briefing note: LGBTIQ+ rights and the FIFA Mens World Cup Qatar 2022

EGLSF - jeu, 31/03/2022 - 20:06

The FIFA Men’s World Cup Qatar 2022 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the state of Qatar to showcase its technical abilities and prowess to host the world’s most watched sports competition. A sport that reaches every corner of the world and can contribute to tolerance, human understanding and equality. In 2020 an international grouping [...]

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THE EGLSF ANNOUNCES THE ELECTION OF THE BOARD 2022

EGLSF - lun, 21/03/2022 - 17:51

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary: erika.patrikainen@eglsf.info The EGLSF announces the election of the new board. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (21 MARCH 2022) – On Sunday 20 March, the Annual General Assembly elected a new board member. The board welcomes new Board Member at Large, Noemie Fluxia from Panteres Grogues. [...]

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EGLSF ELECTS LYON, FRANCE, AS EUROGAMES 2025 HOST CITY

EGLSF - lun, 21/03/2022 - 17:40

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary: erika.patrikainen@eglsf.info   The EGLSF announces LYON, FRANCE as EUROGAMES 2025 Host City Amsterdam, The Netherlands (March 21, 2022) – On March 20, 2022, the EGLSF general assembly elected member clubs CARGO Lyon and Féderation Sportive LGBT+ and the city of Lyon, France as [...]

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EGLSF elects Vienna, Austria as EuroGames 2024 host city

EGLSF - mar, 28/12/2021 - 20:15

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary: erika.patrikainen@eglsf.info The EGLSF announces VIENNA, AUSTRIA as EUROGAMES 2024 Host City Amsterdam, The Netherlands (December 28, 2021) – On December 28, 2021, the EGLSF general assembly elected member clubs SV Aufschlag Wien and Kraulquappen Wien and the city of Vienna, Austria as hosts [...]

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Two 40th Anniversary Pins Now On Sale!

FGG - mer, 15/12/2021 - 23:28

Two 40th Anniversary Pins Now On Sale. Order Yours Today!

Just in time for 2022 and the 40th Anniversary of the first Gay Games, two exciting new collectible pins are now available for sale. Help kickoff the 40th Anniversary celebrations; buy yours now at gaygames.org/store (or click on the “Store” link at the top of the home page).

To preview these exciting collectible offerings, check out THIS VIDEO.



40TH ANNIVERSARY “PIN PUZZLE” SET

This is 12 pins in one elegant gift box. These pins represent each of the editions of the Gay Games. They cleverly form a “Pin Puzzle” in the shape of the Federation of Gay Games logo. Inside the beautiful gold ribbon box, you’ll find a printed card telling the design story behind this limited edition offering.

The individual pins can be removed and worn or displayed however you like. Or, you can showcase them as they come in the gold ribbon box. Each pin measures between 1-½” and 2”.

Only 500 of these “Pin Puzzles” have been produced and each set is individually numbered. The price is USD 50 each plus shipping.



40TH ANNIVERSARY TRADING PIN

This is a small version of the large “Pin Puzzle,” featuring all the historic Gay Games logos arranged in the shape of the FGG logo. This is a substantial pin, measuring 2”, in solid brass with gold trim, and two pin posts to support its weight. It truly is the perfect gift for any Gay Games participant, especially if they collect pins. Order a supply for trading while in Hong Kong at Gay Games 11.

At the online store, you can purchase individual pins or bundles of 5 or 10 pins.

  • Single Pin = USD 10 plus shipping

  • Pack of 5 Pins = USD 45 plus shipping

  • Pack of 10 Pins = USD 90 plus shipping


ALL PURCHASES BENEFIT THE FGG

The net proceeds from all pin sales will be used to further the global mission of the Federation of Gay Games, in the spirit of founder Dr. Tom Waddell.


SHOP NOW!

Visit gaygames.org/store (or click on the “Store” link in the top menu on the home page).


"HIV at 40" Website Features Gay Games

FGG - ven, 03/12/2021 - 18:30


HIV at 40 is an online news project dedicated to highlighting the untold stories of the HIV epidemic in the United States. It contains a series of articles written by students at the Columbia University Journalism School in New York City.

On 1 December, this site published a very informative article about the Gay Games and its nearly 40 year history. The article, titled "Gay Games offers HIV positive athletes a stage," was written by Master's Degree student Marco Schaden. The FGG worked with the author to provide content and photographs.

You can find the article HERE.

Bid cities for EuroGames 2024 and EuroGames 2025

EGLSF - sam, 02/10/2021 - 12:00

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary: erika.patrikainen@eglsf.info The EGLSF announces the bid cities for EuroGames 2024 and EuroGames 2025. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (October 2, 2021) – On October 1, 2021, the bid cycle deadline for #EuroGames 2024 and #EuroGames 2025 closed. We have received two bids for #EuroGames 2024 [...]

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Why the First Gay Olympics Was a Watershed Moment in Sports

FGG - mer, 01/09/2021 - 04:14

The following article appeared on history.com on 27 August 2021. The text is being reprinted with permission below. To read the article online, including several historic photos from the Gay Games, click HERE.


The organizers of the San Francisco event faced major challenges, including a lawsuit by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

By Stephen Wood, history.com

Singer Tina Turner was the main draw at the opening ceremony in San Francisco for the first Gay Games in 1982, but city supervisor Doris Ward may have received the biggest reaction from the crowd. “She said, ‘I’d like to invite you all to the first-ever Gay Olympics,’” remembers Jim Hahn, one of roughly 1.300 competitors in the inaugural event. “And the place just went nuts.”

But Gay Games I, which ran from August 28-September 5, 1982, faced many challenges, including the U.S. Olympic Committee's lawsuit barring the event from using the name "Gay Olympics." The legal action was a microcosm of the discrimination dealt with by the LGBT community, which still was carving out a place for openly queer people in American society.

“There were Rat Olympics, there were Xerox Olympics, there were Police Olympics. You could have an Olympics for anything,” says Shamey Cramer, a swimmer who co-led Team Los Angeles in the first Games, “but heaven forbid you should be gay or lesbian.”

The U.S.O.C. succeeded in blocking the official use of the term "Olympic," but the lawsuit galvanized support for the Games, especially among the gay community.

Participants in the inaugural event today recall Gay Games I as a watershed moment for gay athletes around the world. "When I walk into the [Gay Games] opening ceremonies," says Hahn, "I always get that sense of history coming back.”

Ex-U.S. Olympian Helps Organize Gay Games

Dr. Tom Waddell, a former U.S. Olympian, was one of the lead organizers of the first Gay Games. A two-sport athlete in college, Waddell—who died from AIDS in 1987—was still closeted in 1968, when he placed sixth in the decathlon at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Waddell advised American sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith there on their public statements about their Black Power salute, one of the more notable protests in sports history.

Like many other LGBT athletes, Waddell wanted to make a similar, powerful statement with an event for gay athletes.

“You were either a drag queen or in the leather community—those were the stereotypes that were presented to the public at that time,” says Rick Thoman, a track and field athlete who competed in the first Gay Games. “They never thought that we were able to be athletic and be gay at the same time.”

A number of gay and lesbian sports leagues emerged in the 1970s, as the LGBT community gradually announced itself to mainstream society. Still, many outlets for gay athletes, namely bowling and billiards leagues, were still tied to the bars that had served as safe harbors for decades.

“The Games offer another place to ‘come out’ besides a dark bar,” Jill Ramsay, the chair of swimming and diving at the first Games, told the Bay Area Reporter, one of the nation's first gay newspapers, in 1982.Like the campaigns of gay politician Harvey Milk, a well-known community organizer, the first Gay Games were a grassroots project. Ahead of the Games, a volunteer group of lesbians fixed up Kezar Stadium, one of the chief venues and former home of the San Francisco 49ers. Waddell used an ironing board as a makeshift sign-up table for the Games on a street corner in the Castro, a hub of San Francisco's gay community. Waddell said the first Gay Games were put on with a modest budget: $220,000. 

How the First Games Play Out

At Gay Games I, teams were organized by city, each designing their own uniforms. Age groups were not standardized, and squads for relays and other team sports were often organized on an ad hoc basis.

Future games would be more organized, but those competitions retained several crucial elements of the first Games: Athletes of all skill levels and orientations are welcome, and winning is not considered as important as setting a personal best. Participants ranged from elite athletes to novices. 

Charlie Carson, a swimmer who traveled to from New York for Gay Games I in 1982, recalls meeting a young swimmer from Australia who had never competed against others. While warming up, Carson and others gave him tips on the finer points of each stroke to ensure he would not get disqualified. 

In addition to boxing, basketball, swimming and a number of other traditional Olympic sports, the Gay Games featured billiards, bowling and a physique competition held at the historic Castro Theater. For more than a week, venues around San Francisco were hubs of activity, with restaurants, stores and nightclubs in the Castro district offering special deals for athletes.

Attendance was mediocre at first, participants say, but rose as the Games went on. About 10,000 spectators attended the opening ceremony at Kezar Stadium. One participant estimates that between 6,000 and 7,000 fans attended the closing ceremony. Extensive coverage of the first Games was found only in the Bay Area Reporter.

Pioneering a New Tradition

Thanks to the efforts of Cramer, Hahn, Carson, Thoman, and many others, the Gay Games have taken place every four years since 1982, with recent editions drawing comparable numbers of athletes to the Olympics and Paralympics. Carson remains proud of the impact of the Gay Games on the Olympics and broader sporting world.

“We weren't oblivious to the fact that what we were doing at the first Games was groundbreaking,” he says. 

Six years after the first Gay Games, equestrian Robert Dover became the first openly gay athlete to compete in the modern Olympics. Olympic gold medalist Bruce Hayes came out publicly while competing at Gay Games III in 1990. Four years later, diver Greg Louganis came out as part of the opening ceremony of Gay Games IV. According to Outsports, there were at least 185 openly LGBT athletes at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The Games also led to a boom in the formation of gay sports clubs across America. “People went back to their communities, and gay sports just came out of the woodwork,” says Thoman, who is still a member of a track club that formed in the wake of the Games.

“[The Games] gave me confidence to be who I really was,” he adds. “To be able to be an athlete and be gay, it was just a huge burst of pride.”

FGG Mourns The Passing Of Original Gay Games Ambassador James Hormel

FGG - ven, 27/08/2021 - 13:47
  • Jim Hormel, noted philanthropist, medal-winning athlete, and the first US openly gay Ambassador, passed away on August 13 at age 88.

    James Hormel's passing had a special significance for the Federation of Gay Games. In 2002, when the Gay Games Ambassadors program was first unveiled, Mr. Hormel was in the first group of four people so honored. The other three were:

  • Judith Light, Actress and Activist.
  • Tom Bianchi, Artist, Author, Photographer.
  • Bruce Hayes, Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer.

The FGG's press release of October 28, 2002 had this summary bio about Mr. Hormel:

James C. Hormel, Former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Mr. Hormel has devoted his life to the advocacy of basic human rights, social justice, and the well-being of all individuals. In the course of 30 years of working with top business, government, and academic leaders, he has sought to create, fund, and initiate major programs addressing these concerns and to involve others in public service. He is recognized nationally for his ability to bring together people of different backgrounds and perspectives to form bridge-building coalitions based upon shared values and mutual interests.

During the last decade, Mr. Hormel has assisted in creating the structure and programs for several community service organizations. He has been instrumental in developing resources for direct service organizations such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Project Open Hand, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Shanti Project that serve the HIV and AIDS community in San Francisco. At the national level, Mr. Hormel is a member of the Board of Directors of American Foundations for AIDS Research and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. He is an honorary or advisory member of several other boards, both locally and nationally.

On June 4, 1999, James C. Hormel was granted a recess appointment to be Ambassador to Luxembourg. Mr. Hormel was originally nominated in October 1997, and re-nominated on January 6, 1999, and sworn in by the Secretary on June 29, 1999.

In a fitting statement, Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign, had this statement about Ambassador Hormel:

“Jim Hormel was a giant in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality. He was a history-making and barrier-breaking diplomat who showed future generations of LGBTQ+ young people that there is no limit to what they can achieve. Jim also understood the power of his platform and the importance of organizing to make change. His commitment in helping to found the Human Rights Campaign and his dedication to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic ensure that the contributions he made will ripple out for years and decades to come. He was a tremendously valued member of the Human Rights Campaign community and his memory will live on at this organization and others that have made up his life’s work. Our hearts are with Jim’s husband, family and friends as we collectively mourn the loss of such a profound advocate and celebrate his decorated and impactful life.” 

Boston Globe article about Tom Waddell in Wake of Tokyo Olympics

FGG - lun, 09/08/2021 - 19:18

On 8 August 2021, the Boston Globe newspaper published an excellent article entitled "The Unpaid Debt to a Pioneering Olympian" authored by Sonia K. Katyal. Sonia is Associate Dean for Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

This article is well-timed to coincide with the unprecedented levels of participation (and successes) of openly LGBTQ+ athletes at the just-completed Tokyo Olympics. The article contrasts this situation with the mean-spirited lawsuit filed by the United States Olympic Committee against Tom Waddell (and his co-founders) over the use of the term "Gay Olympics." This contrast is stark.

This article is being shared with the permission of the Boston Globe.

You may read the PDF below or read the article online HERE (requires an online subscription).

Boston Globe Waddell Article 8-8-21.pdf

Welcome to the 'Gay Games,' an alternative to the Olympics, where activism is encouraged and everyone's an athlete

FGG - lun, 02/08/2021 - 21:09

Reprinted from CNN.com

By Scottie Andrew, CNN

July 31, 2021


(CNN) Tom Waddell knew what to expect from an Olympics opening ceremony. He'd experienced one before as a decathlete at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. He remembered the parade of athletes from around the world, proudly marching alongside their flags before an audience of thousands, cheering on their every move.

Tom Waddell, an athlete in the 1968 Olympics, created the Gay Games first held in 1982 to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion. The next Gay Games are scheduled for 2022 in Hong Kong. Picture above is the 2018 Gay Games opening ceremony in Paris.

His gay and lesbian friends in San Francisco, though, had never experienced an event as thrilling or moving as the opening ceremony. According to various archives, he wanted to share with them the awe and the connection he felt in that moment, and thought that maybe, while they basked in the glow of the applause, the rest of the country might recognize their humanity.

And so Waddell created the Gay Games -- then called the Gay Olympics, until the International Olympic Committee sued over the name. He saw his games as a vessel for change, a venue for activism and a celebration of LGBTQ inclusion.

"The formula for success was visibility and identity," Waddell said in an interview following the first Gay Games in 1982. "And both were right there on the field. We were visible, and we were identified. And what did people see? They saw healthy people, out there, doing something that everyone could understand. They were out there to compete and have fun -- success. That's what the first Gay Games were all about."

Participants compete in the dance sport event of the 2018 Gay Games in Paris.

Waddell died in 1987, but the Gay Games continue to this day, growing into an international phenomenon since their first iteration. They draw over 10,000 athletes and sometimes seven or eight times as many spectators, said Shiv Paul, vice president of external relations for the Federation of Gay Games. They feature many of the same sports traditionally seen at the Summer and Winter Olympics - figure skating, track and field, diving - with additions like bowling, e-sports and dodgeball.

To read the complete article, click HERE.

“About time:” Gay athletes unleash rainbow wave on Olympics

FGG - jeu, 29/07/2021 - 08:37

Reprinted from the ABC News website

By John Leicester

July 27, 2021

TOKYO -- When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn't be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its rarity, also exposed how the top echelons of sport weren't seen as a safe space by the vast majority of LGBTQ athletes.

Back then, the number of gay Olympians who felt able and willing to speak openly about their private lives could be counted on a few hands. There'd been just two dozen openly LGBTQ Olympians among the more than 10,000 who competed at the 2012 London Games, a reflection of how unrepresentative and anachronistic top-tier sports were just a decade ago and, to a large extent, still are.

Still, at the Tokyo Games, the picture is changing.

A wave of rainbow-colored pride, openness and acceptance is sweeping through Olympic pools, skateparks, halls and fields, with a record number of openly gay competitors in Tokyo. Whereas LGBTQ invisibility used to make Olympic sports seem out of step with the times, Tokyo is shaping up as a watershed for the community and for the Games — now, finally, starting to better reflect human diversity.

“It's about time that everyone was able to be who they are and celebrated for it,” said U.S. skateboarder Alexis Sablone, one of at least five openly LGBTQ athletes in that sport making its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

“It's really cool,” Sablone said. “What I hope that means is that even outside of sports, kids are raised not just under the assumption that they are heterosexual."

The gay website Outsports.com has been tallying the number of publicly out gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and nonbinary athletes in Tokyo. After several updates, its count is now up to 168, including some who petitioned to get on the list. That's three times the number that Outsports tallied at the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. At the London Games, it counted just 23.

“The massive increase in the number of out athletes reflects the growing acceptance of LGBTQ people in sports and society,” Outsports says.

Daley is also broadcasting that message from Tokyo, his fourth Olympics overall and second since he came out.

After winning gold for Britain with Matty Lee in 10-meter synchronized diving, the 27-year-old reflected on his journey from young misfit who felt “alone and different" to Olympic champion who says he now feels less pressure to perform because he knows that his husband and their son love him regardless.

“I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now you are not alone," Daley said. "You can achieve anything, and there is a whole lot of your chosen family out here."

“I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion,” he added. “Because, you know, when I was younger I thought I was never going to be anything or achieve anything because of who I was.”

Still, there's progress yet to be made.

Among the more than 11,000 athletes competing in Tokyo, there will be others who still feel held back, unable to come out and be themselves. Outsports’ list has few men, reflecting their lack of representation that extends beyond Olympic sports. Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen is one of the rare openly gay men in his sport, swimming.

“Swimming, it’s still much harder to come out (for) some reason," he said. "If you need to hide what you are, it’s very hard.”

Only this June did an active player in the NFL — Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib — come out as gay. And only last week did a first player signed to an NHL contract likewise make that milestone announcement. Luke Prokop, a 19-year-old Canadian with the Nashville Predators, now has 189,000 likes for his “I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay" post on Twitter.

The feeling that “there's still a lot of fight to be done” and that she needed to stand up and be counted in Tokyo is why Elissa Alarie, competing in rugby, contacted Outsports to get herself named on its list. With their permission, she also added three of her Canadian teammates.

“It’s important to be on that list because we are in 2021 and there are still, like, firsts happening. We see them in the men’s professional sports, NFL, and a bunch of other sports," Alarie said. "Yes, we have come a long way. But the fact that we still have firsts happening means that we need to still work on this.”

Tokyo's out Olympians are also almost exclusively from Europe, North and South America, and Australia/New Zealand. The only Asians on the Outsports list are Indian sprinter Dutee Chand and skateboarder Margielyn Didal from the Philippines.

That loud silence resonates with Alarie. Growing up in a small town in Quebec, she had no gay role models and "just thought something was wrong with me.”

"To this day, who we are is still illegal in many countries," she said. “So until it's safe for people in those countries to come out, I think we need to keep those voices loud and clear."

Great Interview about Gay Games Hong Kong on Bloomberg

FGG - ven, 09/07/2021 - 08:44

On 6 July, the Bloomberg news site featured an excellent segment about Gay Games Hong Kong. The online description reads as follows;

Hong Kong is set to host the Gay Games in 2022. It's the first time the event has been held in Asia and organizers have called for solidarity from the city's government and businesses. But one local lawmaker has branded the Games "disgraceful" and a source of "dirty money." Dennis Philipse, founder and co-chair of the Hong Kong Gay Games 2022, and Queer Paralympian Theresa Goh, speak with Yvonne Man. (Source of video: Bloomberg)

Click the image below to view the video segment.

Gay Games I Featured in TV Show About History of the Rainbow Flag

FGG - lun, 05/07/2021 - 03:32

The FGG was contacted about assisting the producers of the Hearst TV weekly News show, MATTER OF FACT WITH SOLEDAD O'BRIEN. They were doing a pride month story about the origins of the Rainbow flag.

It is well known that the late Gilbert Baker from San Francisco created this iconic flag in 1978. What is less well known is that Tom Waddell contacted Mr. Baker about decorating Kezar Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of Gay Games I in 1982. The FGG provided several photos for inclusion in this TV well-produced and accurate segment.

You may see the TV segment HERE or HERE.

Historic Hong Kong "Ding Ding" Tram Features GGHK Graphics

FGG - dim, 04/07/2021 - 02:14

One of the famous "Ding Ding" trams that traverses Hong Kong island from east to west is now bearing the custom colors of GGHK. See these colorful photos.
  

This tram will be on the streets for the entire month of July. In September, the tram will be back on the streets with alternate graphics that promotes the opening of full registration.

These colorful trams have been running through Hong Kong island since 1904. They are very inexpensive, old-fashioned, and slow as they cruise through the streets of the city. But each one now represents a mobile billboard, raising all kinds of local interest in Gay Games 11.

These trams are among the most unique and best-loved symbols of Hong Kong.

If you'd like to read more about the "Ding Ding" trams and their special place in Hong Kong history, click HERE.

Carl Nassib Becomes First Openly Gay Active N.F.L. Player

FGG - mar, 22/06/2021 - 21:39

Reprinted from the New York Times

21 June 2021

By Ken Belson


On Monday, Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active N.F.L. (professional football) player to publicly declare that he is gay.


Photo: New York Times

“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video posted to his Instagram account. “I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that like one day videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary, but until then I’m going to do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate,” before adding that he would donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit group that focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

“Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last 15 years,” he wrote in the same post.

Nassib, a five-year N.F.L. veteran who previously played with the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he was finally “comfortable getting it off my chest.”

Nassib, 28, thanked his coaches, teammates and the N.F.L. for their support.

“I would not be able to do this without them,” he wrote in his Instagram post.

In a statement Monday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was “proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today. Representation matters.”

The Raiders quickly showed their support for Nassib’s announcement, writing “proud of you, Carl” in a post to the team’s Twitter account that also included his original statement. Two of his teammates, defensive lineman Darius Stills and edge rusher Maxx Crosby, voiced their support by commenting under Nassib’s post that they were proud of him. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association also said in a Twitter post that he and the union supported Nassib.

Nassib’s announcement, made during Pride Month, is a significant turning point for the N.F.L., and makes him the first openly gay active player in the league’s 101-year history.

“Sports are, in many ways, one of the last bastions of a place where homophobia can thrive,” said Cathy Renna, a spokeswoman for the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force. “So to have a professional athlete of that caliber, particularly in one of the major sports leagues like the N.F.L., it really is historic.”

A bevy of current and former athletes from around sports reacted positively to Nassib's announcement, including the retired tennis star Billie Jean King, who wrote, “the ability to live an authentic life is so important,” in a social media post Monday.

Sarah Kate Ellis, chief executive of the L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy organization Glaad, called the announcement “a historic reflection of the growing state of L.G.B.T.Q. visibility and inclusion in the world of professional sports, which has been driven by a long list of brave L.G.B.T.Q. athletes who came before him.”

Michael Sam, an all-American defensive lineman at Missouri, had been viewed as the most likely to acquire that distinction when he announced he is gay before he being chosen by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 N.F.L. draft, but he was cut at the end of that year’s training camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed Sam to their practice squad, but he never played in a regular season game.

Michael Sam publicly came out as gay before he was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 N.F.L. draft but never played in a regular season game.

Sam’s draft status was seen as a barometer of whether the climate of men’s pro sports was becoming more accepting of gay athletes, particularly because in February 2014 the N.B.A. had just become the first of the four traditional major American men’s sports leagues to have an openly gay active player when Jason Collins joined the Nets.

But Sam left the N.F.L. without making an impact on the field.

Nassib, by contrast, has already played with three teams over five seasons and is under contract through 2022. After a collegiate career at Penn State, he was chosen by the Browns in the third round of the 2016 draft. He played two seasons in Cleveland before playing two more seasons in Tampa. The Raiders signed him to a three-year, $25 million contract in March 2020. He has tallied 20½ sacks during his career.

A handful of N.F.L. players had previously announced publicly that they were gay, but all after their playing careers were over. David Kopay became the first pro football player to publicly come out as gay in 1975, three years after he retired. He played for nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and four other teams in the 1960s and 1970s, and has since become an activist and an ambassador for the Gay Games, a quadrennial sporting event.

Roy Simmons was the second former player to announce that he was gay, doing so in 1992 after his career with the Giants and Washington Football Team had ended. He later disclosed he was H.I.V. positive and died from pneumonia-related complications in 2014 at age 57.

Some players like Simmons said they felt they had no choice but to hide their sexual identity while they were in the league. Simmons said he cultivated a reputation for being the life of the party, and had to compartmentalize his football life and his personal life.

Simmons also said he never would have declared himself gay during the four seasons he played for the N.F.L. for fear of destroying his career.

‘’The N.F.L. has a reputation,” he said in 2003, “and it’s not even a verbal thing — it’s just known. You are gladiators; you are male; you kick butt.”

In recent years, the league has publicly supported Pride Month through promotional efforts like changing official social media avatars to include rainbows and supporting the You Can Play Project, which provides resources to encourage inclusivity in youth sports, even as some players have made derogatory statements about gay people with little penalty or supported groups that oppose gay rights.

Lawmakers comments on 2022 Gay Games ‘much regretted,’ says Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam

FGG - mer, 16/06/2021 - 18:01

Reprinted from Hong Kong Free Press.

Official response from Gay Games Hong Kong is also below.

by RHODA KWAN, 15 JUNE 2021

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she “does not condone” divisive comments made by lawmakers in the legislature last week when they described the city’s 2022 Gay Games (GGHK) as “disgraceful.”

“Our position on the Gay Games is we understand the purpose of these games is to promote inclusiveness and diversity, so we have no problem with that sort of spirit and purpose,” the chief executive told the press on Tuesday.

Several pro-Beijing lawmakers objected to the government’s facilitation of the games during a legislative council meeting last Thursday, with Junius Ho calling them “disgraceful” and saying he did not want the “dirty money” the games will generate.

“It was much regretted that in the course of discussing this topic in the Legislative Council, individual members have become a bit emotional in expressing their view,” Lam said.

She also said the city’s lawmakers have certain standards of behaviour that should followed: “But after all, they are Legislative Council members and they have their own standards they should abide by.”

Lam added that she did not accept any comments that would “unnecessarily divide society.”

Read the rest of this article HERE.

See Carrie Lam's comments delivered on video HERE.


OFFICIAL RESPONSE FROM GAY GAMES HONG KONG:

The organisers of the 11th International Gay Games in Hong Kong welcome the remarks by the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, and we look forward to a collaborative and fruitful cooperation with the SAR government to achieve success for the Games in November 2022. As the first Games of its kind in Asia, this event will put Hong Kong on the map as a world-class city representing our values of Unity, Diversity and Inclusion. As the Games are only a year and a half away, we urgently ask the government to help us secure sports venues ahead of time, not subject to rules and regulations typically applied to one-off local events. 

2022年第11屆香港同樂運動會(下稱:同樂運動會)歡迎行政長官林鄭月娥的回應,並期望與香港特區政府緊密和愉快合作,讓即將於2022年11月舉行的同樂運動會取得成功。作為亞洲首辦如此性質的大型體育盛事,這場活動將能發揮香港作為世界級城市的潛力,展現團結、多元和共融的核心理念。如今距離同樂運動會僅餘一年半的時間,我們促請政府協助我們及早預訂所需的體育場地,毋須受一般適用於單次本地活動的規則及規例所規限。

Olympics Gave Hope to Japan’s L.G.B.T.Q. Activists. But Old Prejudices Die Hard

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Source: New York Times 5 June, 2021


Legislation labeling discrimination “unacceptable” has been blocked by conservative lawmakers, showing how far the country has to go to fulfill the goal of equality enshrined in the Olympic charter.

When Fumino Sugiyama, then a fencer for the Japan women’s national team, decided to come out to one of his coaches as a transgender man, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

What followed shocked him in its brutality.

“You’ve just never had sex with a real man,” the coach responded, and then offered to perform the deed himself, according to a letter that Mr. Sugiyama wrote last fall to Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee.

Mr. Sugiyama, 39, who is now an activist, wanted to give Mr. Bach an unvarnished picture of the deeply entrenched discrimination in Japan, particularly in the rigid world of sports. He also hoped Mr. Bach would lobby the Japanese government on a bill protecting gay and transgender rights. Doing so, Mr. Sugiyama wrote, could shield “the next generation of athletes from what I experienced.”

But now, with the Tokyo Olympics less than two months away, hopes for the bill are running out. While a bipartisan committee advanced a draft of the measure, even its modest goal of labeling discrimination “unacceptable” has proved too much for conservative lawmakers, who have blocked consideration of the bill by the full Parliament.

To read the rest of this article, click HERE.

Hong Kong Webinar - 27 May - Register Now

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YOU ARE INVITED!

Want to learn more about Gay Games' legacy? We'll be discussing just that in this month's English 'Coffee with GGHK' podcast. 

Earlier this week on May 17, the world commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This is why, in this month's podcast we will discuss Gay Games' legacy of diversity and equality throughout the years.

We will also talk about how we can expect to create unity and positive attitudes in Asia and beyond with Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022’s unique combination of sport, arts, culture, and fun.

Our host, Betty Grisoni, will lead a panel with:
  • Jessica Waddell-Lewinstein Kopp – the daughter of Gay Games founder, Dr. Tom Waddell
  • Kimberly Hadley – Officer of Sport on the board of the Federation of Gay Games & Vice President Female - Diversity & North American Referee Director at IGLFA - International Gay and Lesbian Football Association
Date: Thursday 27 May 2021
Time: 7-8pm Hong Kong time (12pm British Summer Time; 7am Eastern Time)

We hope you can join us!

Register HERE.

This podcast is in English and a recording will be available on our YouTube channel

2022 Gay Games Funding Support Applications Open

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Applications are now being accepted for the Gay Games Hong Kong Funding Support program. See the details below in three languages...

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Welcome to the Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022 Funding Support ("the Program") application! To learn more about the Program before you apply, visit: https://gghk2022.com/en/funding-support/

Please be sure to read the following information carefully before you proceed.

You might be automatically eligible for a registration fee and participation fee waiver if you meet one of the following three criteria:

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Te damos la bienvenida.

¡Te damos la bienvenida a la solicitud de apoyo financiero de los Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022 ("el Programa")! Para obtener más información sobre el programa antes de presentar la solicitud, visita: https://gghk2022.com/en/funding-support/

Asegúrate de leer la siguiente información detenidamente antes de continuar.

Es posible que puedas ser elegible automáticamente a una exención de la tarifa de inscripción y la tarifa de participación si cumples con alguno de los siguientes tres criterios:

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欢迎

欢迎访问2022年第11届香港同乐运动会同场作乐资助计划 申请页面!若想进一步了解该计划,请查看:https://gghk2022.com/en/funding-support/

在进行下一步之前,请务必仔细阅读以下信息。

如果您符合以下三个条件的任意一个,您将有机会获得参赛费及项目注册费豁免:

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