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Gay Games is a 9-day international world-class diversity festival with multi-sports, arts & culture events and opening & closing ceremonies organised by the LGBTQ+ Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +) every four years; everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or background. You can read more here about the history of the Gay Games. It will happen from 3 to 11 November 2023 in Hong Kong.

No, everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or background. The minimum age to participate is 18yo. The spirit of equality is enshrined in the Games’ principle of inclusion: Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best.

Pre-registration is now available on our website; this allows you to set up your single sign-on account and select the sports or arts & culture events that interest you. By registering early, you will enjoy a 200 HKD (25 USD) discount on your participant registration. Participant registration will be open later this year; you will then be able to select your sports and build your teams. Complete your pre-registration here (it only takes 5 minutes). 

Pre-Registration costs 50 HKD (~ 6.43 USD) and gives a discount of 200 HKD off the participation fee when general registration opens later in 2023. The participant fee of 1500 HKD (~ 192 USD) makes it possible to organise the GG11HK and includes a welcome bag, official participant’s guidebook, public transport card (“Octopus”), participation medal, access to the opening ceremony, access to the closing ceremony, access to ALL non-paying sporting and cultural events and general admission every day to the festival village. The only additional cost will be for each sport or arts and cultural event  you wish to participate in, these costs are detailed here

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and GGHK recognise that many sporting competitions are still organised in traditional binary male and female gender categories. In its goal to be inclusive of all genders, the FGG and GGHK clearly see how that traditional binary competition structure can be an obstacle for inclusivity of all.

In line with our principles and values “Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™,” FGG and GGHK have developed Gender Inclusion Policy, which aims at optimal inclusion of all genders, whilst safeguarding safe and fair playing ground for all, across all of our sports and cultural events. Please refer to our Gender Inclusion Policy.

We’ll need more than 3,000 volunteers to come together to help us organise, run and manage this exciting event. Please register as a volunteer here, complete the procedure and our Volunteer Team will contact you.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department offers visa-free stays from 14-90 days for many Countries; however, please visit the Immigration Department website to check if your Country qualifies for the visa-free stay.

Whether you play sports or enjoy performing, with GGHK Funding Support (previously known as Scholarship Program), we want to give you and your community the chance to be part of something bigger, to have a hand in change, and to let your story be your sail to Hong Kong. You can register for the Funding Support Program here.

Thanks to a dedicated fund, we are very excited to offer registration and participation fee waivers to some of our participants in Asia on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will be granted this waiver as long as you belong to one of the following three categories – no application required! 

With the Games planned for November 2023, we expect to share additional details about exact dates for the Games and corresponding athlete registration and funding support application processes by November 2022

CATEGORY 1: Individuals residing in the following countries or regions and are between the ages of 18-25 (inclusive) as of November 3,2023: 

(a) Persons who are permanent residents and have a right of abode in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR or Taiwan; or

(b) Citizens of Mainland China;

(c) Citizens of an ASEAN Member State or India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

CATEGORY 2: Foreign domestic helpers of any age with a valid Hong Kong SAR work permit at the time of application.

CATEGORY 3: Individuals of any age under non-refoulement protection (refugee / asylum seekers) in Hong Kong SAR or have formally filed for such protection at the time of registration.

If you belong to one of the above categories, you’ll be able to lock in your place at GGHK with a mere HKD 50 commitment fee, and we will waive the rest!

We are excited to have partnered with MARRIOTT BONVOY, one of our Platinum Sponsors; we will share more information later this year on hotel accommodation options. If you have any questions, then please contact our Customer Experience Team

There will be 36 sports events – including for the first time Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, eSports and Trail Running. Please refer to the sports section of our website for more detailed information. 

The Arts & Culture Festival of GGHK will deliver a comprehensive exhibition of LGBTQ+ affirmative creativity ever presented in Asia. The program will include six nights of performances, including exhibition dance, choir, performing arts, three visual arts presentations, opening parties, historic exhibition, and cultural activities.  More information on our website.

Our sports team is working hard on finalising the event and venue schedules to secure the best possible event space for each sport. In Hong Kong, these can only be secured one year out from the event date; as soon as we have confirmed venues, we will update the sports pages on our website. 

First, everyone has to register as individual; this can be done on our website; pre-registration is now open. When participant registration opens later this year, you will then be able to build your teams. If you are coming to GGHK as an individual but would like to participate in a team sport, please let us know, and our sports coordinator will do their best to accommodate where possible. More information here.

Hong Kong’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Public violence is extremely rare. Firearms are strictly controlled. Late-night street harassment is very rare, and it is generally safe for any gender to walk alone late at night. 

Homosexuality is not a crime in Hong Kong and there is an estimated 481,000 LGBTQ+ people. Hong Kong has a small, lively and open LGBTQ+ scene. Annual LGBT+ events like Pink Dot, HK Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and HK Pride attract thousands of people. The HK Government sees the value of GGHK and has given its support through several organisations, find out which ones and how many!

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