Of Gay Games

About the Federation

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™.

The Federation of Gay Games is nearly an all-volunteer organisation made up of individuals and organisations representing four continents. The Federation consists of a board of directors and an assembly of local and international organisations. These member organisations are single or multi-sport clubs and federation, cultural groups, and can be local, regional, national or international in scope. The member organisations are more than a list of groups that support the Gay Games — their delegates are actively involved in the Federation’s work and decision-making processes. All are dedicated to ensuring the continuation of the Gay Games’ decades of history of inspiration and achievement.

Paris 2018 Gay Games

Paris was selected by FGG delegates who attended the final presentations from the three bidding finalists, including London and Limerick, Ireland.

The vote to select a host city for 2018 took place during the Federation’s 2013 Annual General Assembly, which was held in Cleveland from 5 to 9 October 2013. Organizers of the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation, which will took place in August, 2014, in Cleveland +Akron, welcomed Paris into the fraternity of host cities.

“We congratulate Paris on becoming the home of the 2018 Gay Games,” said Steve Sokany, co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games board of directors. “It’s a world-class city and a perfect fit to follow Cleveland+Akron to host this international sports and cultural showcase.”
Video of the announcement of the winning bid at the 2013 FGG Annual General Assembly