Hong Kong reaffirmed as host city for 2022 Gay Games

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A June pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. (Photo courtesy Voice of America/public domain)

Organizers of the Gay Games, the quadrennial international LGBTQ sports event, announced in a statement released Nov. 11 that they remain committed to holding the 2022 Gay Games in Hong Kong despite ongoing pro-democracy protest demonstrations that have rocked the city since June and have become increasingly violent.

The joint statement by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay Games Hong Kong Management Team says the decision to reaffirm plans to hold the 2022 Gay Games in Hong Kong was made during the FGG’s Annual General Assembly meeting held in Guadalajara, Mexico Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

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Hong Kong turmoil raises questions about 2022 Gay Games

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of The Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Recent unrest in Hong Kong has some wondering about viability of the Gay Games there in 2022. (Photo by Studio Incendo via Flickr)

The escalating violent street clashes between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement protesters and local authorities taking orders from China that have taken place each week since June have raised questions about whether Hong Kong can remain a viable host city for the 2022 Gay Games.

In 2017, the Federation of Gay Games, which organizes the quadrennial international LGBT sports event that attracts as many as 15,000 athletes and thousands more spectators, selected Hong Kong as the host city for the 2022 Gay Games.

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China-Taiwan tensions expected to surface at Gay Games in Paris

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Leaders of the Gay Games, the international LGBT sports competition set to take place in Paris Aug. 4-12, have released a cautiously worded statement about ways participants can show pride in their teams and countries after news surfaced that China was attempting to prevent Gay Games athletes from Taiwan from displaying the Taiwanese national flag.

The July 25 statement by the Federation of Gay Games came two days after Agence France-Presse reported that Yang Chih-chun, president of the Taiwan Gay Sports Development Movement Association, accused China of attempting to pressure the French government and the FGG into banning the display of the Taiwan flag at Gay Games events.

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Paris to host Gay Games 2018

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The City of Light will host the Gay Games 2018.

Paris beat out fellow finalists Limerick and London for the rights to host the event. Orlando was in the running, but was eliminated as a potential host city in June.

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