Cleveland, OH To Host Gay Games

29 09 2009
Gay Games - Cleveland - 2014

Gay Games - Cleveland - 2014

COLOGNE, Germany — The Federation of Gay Games announced this afternoon that Cleveland will be the site of the 2014 games.

The city was chosen over Boston and Washington, D.C., after a year-long site-selection process, the organization said in a news release issued at 1 p.m.

“Cleveland demonstrated to the Federation of Gay Games that they understood the mission of the Gay Games and our principles of ‘Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best’,” said Kurt Dahl, of Chicago, and Emy Ritt, of Paris, FGG Co-presidents.

“We were highly impressed by the facilities and infrastructure, the widespread community sport, their financial plan and the city’s experience in hosting large scale sports and cultural events.”

Mayor Frank Jackson said the city “is prepared to roll out the welcome mat to the LGBT athletes, their families and spectators from around the world. Fans of the Gay Games will find that Cleveland is a great place to celebrate sports and culture and that we have tremendous assets and amenities for them to enjoy. The sports and cultural environment here is truly a uniquely Cleveland experience, one they will cherish for years to come.”

Cleveland’s 2014 Gay Games IX Sports & Cultural Festival is set for Aug. 9 through Aug. 16, 2014. It will include 30 sports, four cultural events, opening and closing ceremonies and cultural events.

“Gay Games generate $50 to $80 million in estimated local economic impact in addition to significant ongoing travel and tourism visibility benefits for the host city,” the FGG said in the news release.

From Cleveland.com

Personally, I think it’s great. With all that business abt Lakewood being the 2nd gayest city per capita in America from some years ago, you would think something like that would happen sooner. Congrats to Cleveland for showing the world that we’re making steps to become a more progressive city. Or is it that the Sports Commission was foaming at the mouth for the dollars this event brings in. I tell you what, LBGT customers sure do like to spend money! and tip great! So bar/restaurant people in Cleveland should be bending over backwards…. Wait…. Nevermind…. Just be thankful 😉

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