Gay Games is a 9-days 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.
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.
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 will take place in November 2022, and we expect 12,000 participants and 75,000 spectators under the theme “Unity in Diversity”.
We have planned 36 sport events including Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, eSports and Trail Running and more than 11 arts & culture events including daily performances, Gala Concert, LGBTQ+ arts exhibition and memorial events.
Hong Kong is truly an iconic 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.
The unquenchable drive and spirit of our city will provide a unique environment for the Games. We want to bring the Games to our city to showcase LGBTQ+ sporting and cultural organisations especially in Asia.
The focus for the Hong Kong Games is on gender parity and younger demographic by including new and local sports and arts & culture events.
Gay Games Hong Kong is a Hong Kong registered tax-exempt charitable organisation and is lead by a team of passionate volunteers with experiences in organising sport, arts & culture and LGBTQ+ events.
The Hong Kong Bid was against 17 other cities in the world and Hong Kong was the First and only Asian city that had ever bid, and won! This effort in itself was a milestone for our LGBT+ community.
Starting from 2016, a team of passionate volunteers did extensive research and feasibility study, and created the 300 pages bid bid book proposal.
Thanks to all this effort, Hong Kong was awarded the honour to organise the 11th Gay Games.
You can download the 300 pages bid book here.
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 million. Read the full study here.
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