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Chicago celebrates anniversary of Gay Games VII


Dylan Vox | August 03, 2007

CHICAGO — It's been a year since Chicago, IL hosted what would be the first financially successful Gay Games in over a decade, and the organizers have recently unveiled a commemorative exhibit to honor the event. The "Gay Games VII Celebration Wall" was unveiled on July 20th at the Center on Halsted and will act as a memorial to celebrate the athletes and artists who left their marks on the city.

The Windy City Times described the exhibit as a collection of quality photographs from the event, which depict the excitement, diversity and inspiration the athletes, artists, performers and volunteers brought to the spectacular sporting occasion.

The athletic competitions were played in venues scattered throughout Chicago, and cultural events included concerts and performances by Cyndi Lauper, comedian Margaret Cho, Megan Mullally and many others added to the festivities.

The past few Games had suffered huge deficits and with the World Outgames taking place only weeks later, there were concerns that the Chicago event would suffer the same fate. The persistent organizing committee and the volunteers and community pulled together and made the Games a financial success despite the skepticism.

Gay Games Board Member David Woody, who is the Director of Design and Development for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, designed the Celebration Wall, which was funded in part by the Center on Halsted.

The unveiling ceremony offered Gay Games merchandise and memorabilia and was open to the public. The success of the Chicago Gay Games will hopefully put the city in good standing to be able to host future large scale athletic competitions including the Olympic Games. – Issued by Gay Link Content


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