Gay Games executive director fired

Angela D’Amboise | May 08, 2006

Brian McGuinness
CHICARGO — With less than three months to go before the opening of the 2006 Chicago Gay Games, organizers of the event have announced they will be replacing Gay Games’ executive director Brian McGuinness effective immediately, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

The event's board of directors replaced McGuinness last week, naming Christee Snell managing director, co-vice chairman of the Chicago Gay Games Kevin Boyer told the Tribune Wednesday. Snell was a member of the board.

For more than a year, McGuinness was in charge of the event, which is expected to bring more than 100,000 tourists and participants to the Windy City this July. Boyer would not reveal why McGuinness was let go.

According to Boyer, Snell will help streamline how organizers get ready for the event, which is held in different places around the world every four years.

The Chicago Tribune attempted to reach McGuinness for comment Wednesday but was unsuccessful.

Chicago won a bidding war to host the Gay Games back in 2004 though several members of the city’s tourism board questioned whether the city was equipped to handle an event of such magnitude.

More recently, residents of suburban Crystal Lake put a wrench in plans to host a rowing competition in the lake by loudly opposing the event. Residents questioned the morality of gay marriage and raised questions about HIV and AIDS, the Tribune reported.

Boyer said that McGuinness may still be offered some role with the event, but did not know what it might be.

The Gay Games will kick off at Soldier Field July 15 and end July 22 at Wrigley Field.

For more information: www.chicagogaygames.com. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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