Gay Games committee holds annual conference

Aims to improve the Games

Dylan Vox | October 062, 2006

PARIS — Following up the success of the 6th annual Gay Games in Chicago, The FGG (Federation of Gay Games) has organized an upcoming symposium to discuss how to continue success in future events. The FGG have joined forces with The Center of research at the University of Science and Sports (CRIS), to better address homosexuality and sports related homophobia.

The Gay Games is one of the premier events that allows gay and lesbian athletes from around the world to come together in the spirit of competition, and the organizers of this symposium want to discuss any changes and recommendations that can be made to create an even better event in the future.

The Gay Games were originally conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and were first held in San Francisco in 1982. Since that time, the Games have grown from 1300 participants in its first year, to over 11,000 athletes in the most recent competition.

The FGG, like its counterpart the International Olympic Committee (IOC), acts as a governing body and was established to foster competition, inclusion, and sportsmanship from the gay community during the Games. Working with gay advocates and social scientists, the FGG is working to make the Games even more �spectator friendly� so that attendance rises in the next cycle. Commentators have stated that the athletes were out numbering the spectators, and therefore, the FGG must come up with a plan to increase attendance.

The upcoming conference scheduled for December 1st and 2nd 2006, will take place at the University of Lyon in France, and will cater to around 100 participants. Topics to be discussed include the advancement of the LGBT sports movement, and the delegates will take a look at the conditions in society, which have propelled the emergence of the gay sports movement to be so successful. Using these topics the organizers hope to find any changes that can spur better attendance at future events.

The mayor of Lyon, Gerald Collomb, will be one of the participants at the conference, and commented that the Gay Games is a major international sport and cultural event, as well as, an occasion for friendship, tolerance and dialogue. He further stated that he is proud that Lyon has been chosen as the home site for the FGG annual meeting.

The primary focus of the meeting will be to start a dialogue about on going issues between the LGBT community and sports. Any comments or suggestions made during the conference will be used to support the success of the upcoming Gay Games in 2010, which will be held in Cologne, Germany.

Registration for the Federation of Gay Games annul meeting and the sports and homophobia conference is possible at www.fgg2006.com. For more information about the event contact event coordinator Manuel F. PicaudIssued by Gay Link Content

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