What are the Gay Games?
The Gay Games is a world-class sport and cultural festival organised by the LGBT community every 4 years. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexual orientation, ability, gender, age or race. The Gay Games were intended, in the spirit of Tom Waddell, to build bridges between heterosexual and LGBT sports associations and to go beyond sport to give birth of an ambitious social project The core mission of the Gay Games Games is to promote equality of human beings through organisation of and participation in the international sport and cultural event. The spirit of equality is enshrined in the Games’ principle of inclusion for individual differences. Athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, age, level of ability and other differences, are welcome to participate in the Games. The Games would not be able come into place unless everyone is involved.
Founded in San Francisco in 1982, the Gay Games have become the world’s largest sporting and cultural event led by LGBT athletes, artists, and musicians. The event was most recently hosted in 2014 in Cleveland (USA), and involved over 8,800 individuals from 60 countries competing in 37 sport disciplines. The Gay Games pumped half a billion Hong Kong dollars into the local economy. The festival covers 3 themes: Sports, Arts & Culture and Academic Conference. The next Gay Games will be held in Paris in 2018 and anticipates 15,000 participants.
Why bid to host the Gay Games in Hong Kong in 2022?
Hong Kong is truly an iconic and world-class city. From the instantly recognisable urban landscape, to the harbour and mountains, unrivalled transport infrastructure, wide range of sport facilities, entertainment venues and huge accommodation capacity Hong Kong can cater for every requirement of the Gay Games’ events. The unquenchable drive and spirit of our city will provide a unique environment for the Games. “Participation, inclusion and personal best” are the core values of the Federation of Gay Games. We believe those values chime with the spirit of Hong Kong. We want to bring the Games to our city to showcase LGBT sporting and cultural organisations especially in Asia. The Hong Kong Bid is against 8 other cities in the world but we are the first and only Asian city that has ever bid. This effort in itself is a milestone for our LGBT community here. Our bid proposal includes 36 sports including Dragon Boating, Trail Running and Tower Run ICC. We expect up to 15,000 participants and 25,000 spectators who will bring up to Hong Kong Dollars 1 billion to the local economy if we can host the Games in Hong Kong in 2022.
Current Status and Timelines
April-Nov 2016 ✓
OiHK will work together (with support of the Federation of Gay Games) on the bidding book
30th June 2016 ✓
Registration fees USD 2,500 (completed)
31st July 2016 ✓
Registration fees USD 5,000 (completed)
30th Nov 2016 ✓
Registration fees USD 7,500 and submit bidding book (completed)
Federation of Gay Games will announce short-list of 3 cities
Short listed Bidding Organizations to submit a signed License Agreement as in the version submitted as part of RFP, accompanied by a signed Side Letter (Registration fees USD 15,000)
Site Visits to Short-Listed Bidding Organizations
Announcement of hosting city for Gay Games 2022
Top Reasons to Visit Hong Kong
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