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 4 years. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of what you look like, age, ability, background, or sexual identity.
The goal of the Gay Games is to emancipate LGBTQ+ people around the world by educating people through sport, arts & culture events —in a spirit of better understanding. The Gay Games are organised by Gay Games Hong Kong under license of the Federation of Gay Games. The spirit of equality is enshrined in the Games’ principle of inclusion: Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best.
Everyone’s invited to participate regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender identity, ethnicity or ability and all events are open-entry. Founded in San Francisco in 1982 by Dr. Tom Waddell, the Gay Games have become the world’s largest sporting and cultural event led by LGBTQ+ sport participants, artists, and musicians
The Federation Principles means each of the enumerated principles set forth in items 1-5 below (collectively, the “Federation Principles“).
1) The principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.
2) Principles that further the following aims: The purpose of the Federation shall be to foster and augment the self-respect of gay men and women throughout the world and to engender respect and understanding from the non-gay world, primarily through an organised, international, participatory and noncompetitive athletic and cultural event held every four years commonly known as the Gay Games. While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals, it shall be a fundamental principle of the Federation that all activities conducted under its auspices shall be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, sexual expression, gender identity, gender, race, age, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic/artistic ability, physical challenge, or health status.
3) The promotion of positive images of lesbian and gay artists and athletes.
4) The principles of equality between cultural and athletic participants (including without limitation seeking to achieve that aim by referring generally to “participants” rather than “athletes” and “cultural participants”).
5) A commitment to strive for gender parity and a commitment to refer to the Gay Games as an “athletic and cultural event”, and to present both sporting and cultural activities as core components of the Gay Games in accordance with the standards set forth in the Sports Red Book and the Cultural Red Book.
Gay Games 11 – Hong Kong (GGHK) – makes history on November 2022! 12,000 participants and 75,000 spectators will be engaged under the theme “Unity in Diversity”.
What’s planned for GGHK:
Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and recognisable cities in the world. With an iconic skyline nestled amongst the harbour and mountains, unrivalled public transport, numerous sporting facilities, entertainment venues, and hotel capacity – Hong Kong is a must-visit destination that can deliver and outstanding Gay Games.
Hong Kong is truly an iconic, vibrant and world-class city. From the instantly recognisable urban landscape, to the harbour and mountains, unrivalled transport infrastructure, wide range of sport facilities, entertainment venues and huge accommodation capacity Hong Kong can cater for every requirement of the Gay Games’ events.
Gay Games Hong Kong is is led by a team of passionate volunteers bringing amazing experience and skills from sporting, arts & culture, and LGBTQ+ events.
GGHK Ltd. is a Hong Kong registered charity organisation, with a management team of 16 volunteers. We have a team of 100+ volunteers supporting the organisation, and an Advisory Committee with industry leaders.
The Hong Kong team bid against 17 other cities from across the world. Hong Kong was the first and only Asian city that submitted a bid, and won! This effort in itself was a milestone for our LGBTQ+ community.
The journey started in 2016, with a team of passionate volunteers who did extensive research and undertook a feasibility study to create the bid book proposal. Thanks to this effort, Hong Kong was awarded the honour of organising the 11th Gay Games.
The event was most recently hosted in 2018 in Paris (France) with 10,158 participants, 75,000 spectators from 89 countries and nearly 3,000 volunteers, competing in 36 sports. The economic impact to the local economy was over HK$983 million.