Gay Games Coming to Hong Kong

by QLife Staff
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The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) General Assembly voting took place 30 October 2017 in Paris, France; Hong Kong is the 2022 Gay Games XI presumptive host city. 

Site inspections of the three finalist cities took place June & July 2017 by a team of inspectors from Australia, Germany, Canada, and the USA. The team spent 3.5 days in each city, toured all venues and attended local supporter civic events.

Since 1982, the international Federation of Gay Games mission promotes equality in and through sport and culture. Rendezvous at Paris 2018 - Gay Games 10 with 15,000 participants from 70 countries, 36+ sports, 14+ cultural events and an academic conference.

The FGG expresses gratitude to the record number of 17 cities that expressed interest in 2022 Gay Games XI. Five of these cities made it to the semi-final round (Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Francisco, CA). In the first phase, an additional nine cities had expressed interest: Cape Town, South Africa, Tel Aviv, Israel and USA cities Anaheim, CA, Atlanta, GA, Des Moines, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and San Antonio, TX.

The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality.

The Gay Games is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all since 1982 and perpetuates the legacy of changing cultural, social and political attitudes towards LGBT people. A core principle of the Federation of Gay Games is “Participation, Inclusion and Personal BestTM” and will next be presented in 2018 at Gay Games 10 in Paris, France. Registration begins in June 2016 at

Official economic impact highlights from the 2014 Gay Games 9 in Cleveland:

  • Total economic impact: USD 52.1 million

  • 75 percent of the 20,000-plus who participated or attended the Games lived outside the Cleveland+Akron metro area.

  • Locals and non-locals spent $38.8 million in the main sectors of the economy, including hotels, restaurants, bars and gas stations.

  • An additional $20.6 million was generated in local incomes, roughly the equivalent of 726 full-time jobs.

  • 64 percent of local participants said they would have traveled outside Northeast Ohio to participate in the Gay Games, taking their local spending of $8.4 million and “dropping” it into another region. 

Gay Games 10 takes place 4-12 August 2018, features 36 sports, 14 cultural events, academic conference and up to 15,000 participants from 70 countries.

Since 1982, the FGG mission promotes equality and is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all. Its legacy changes social, and political attitudes towards LGBT+ people through the core principles of "Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™". The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games are San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York(1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland+Akron (2014), and Paris (2018).