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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Jeff Prystajko: Come Out With Pride Board President & Operations Director

By : Bob Azzarito
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Several years ago, Jeff Prystajko joined our team at Come Out with Pride. I’ve had the privilege to work with him on the board of directors and the production team, and I am proud to call him a friend.

In 2018, he took on the role of president of the board of directors. He assembled an impressive team and together they produced a fantastic event.

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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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Brazilian volleyball players dream of attending Gay Games

By : Felipe Alface of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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SAO PAULO | Members of a Sao Paulo-based LGBTIQ volleyball team are hoping to make it to next month’s Gay Games in Paris.

Born a decade ago, Angels Volley began when people who appreciated the sport and wanted to improve their game met. Gradually the group started getting stronger and more LGBTIQ-identified as more people started to get together and bring their experience in volleyball — some of the members played professionally for a while — and gave birth to the team that is now called Angels Volley.

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Cleveland Gay Games brings most revenue in event’s history

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Organizers say last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history.

Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe says the August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000.

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Floridians score Gay Games medals

By : Steve Blanchard
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Several local Floridians left Cleveland’s Gay Games IX with some new hardware. Athletes from both Orlando and Tampa Bay claimed top prizes and posted about their victories on Facebook or contacted Watermark directly about their wins.

Interestingly, the Gay Games organization does not issue the press a list of medal winners, so there is no comprehensive way of knowing exactly who won what, unless individual athletes share it on social media or email outlets directly.

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Cleveland give a warm reception to Gay Games 2014

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Cleveland (AP) – Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week.

“He was telling us horror stories about growing up here,” Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games with nearby Akron.

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2014 Gay Games announces headliners

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Cleveland -The 2014 Gay Games announced the entertainers who will headline the Opening Ceremony on August 9, which include Lance Bass, Andrea McArdle and the Pointe Sisters.

The Opening Ceremony is in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena, where it will feature a cast of more than 400 performers and a Parade of Athletes who are participating in the 2014 Gay Games.

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Taxi drivers take issue with Gay Games placards

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Cleveland (AP) – Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won’t drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has released a statement saying two of the three taxi companies operating there were informed by several drivers that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated cab program.

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