“Unity is the key message of Gay Games Hong Kong,” said Dennis Philipse, a Hong Kong resident and the founder/co-chair of Gay Games Hong Kong.
“Carrying a torch of empowerment and connection in Hong Kong serves to bring our community together in this important time for our city,” he added. “We are excited to welcome all the 12,000 participants and 75,000 spectators from 100 countries to the city as the Games serve to boost the local economy by 1 billion Hong Kong dollars.”
“Once the coronavirus pandemic is more settled, we anticipate Hong Kong will deliver a strong program of events to rebuild the tourism industry and Gay Games Hong Kong will be well-timed to be a strong event within these plans.” said Shiv Paul from the Federation of Gay Games.
In a live online webinar broadcast from Hong Kong on Nov. 12, organizers of the 11th quadrennial Gay Games celebrated the start of a two-year countdown for the Nov. 12, 2022 opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Stadium for the world’s largest LGBTQ sports competition and arts and cultural event.
“Becoming Asia’s first city to host Gay Games isn’t just a cause for pride and celebration for Hong Kong,” said Ricky CHU Man-kin, chairperson of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission. “It drives home the message that the LGBTI community and indeed all in society deserve to be visible, represented and included in sports and other areas of life,” CHU Man-kin said in a statement released by Gay Games Hong Kong 2022.
香港繼2008年舉辦奧運馬術賽事後，再度主辦國際級體壇盛事！堪稱「同志奧運」的2022同樂運動會（Gay Games）將落戶香港舉行，主辦機構香港同樂運動會於上星期四（12日）舉辦倒數兩年啟動禮，在疫情陰霾下，籌備過程正進行得如火如荼。香港同樂運動會創辦人Dennis Philipse表示，希望運動會能成為香港的疫後慶典。他憶述在上屆巴黎同樂運動會認識到一名日本運動員，他以公幹為名出國參賽，奪金後卻只能低調回國，免得親友得知自己同志身份。他期望香港作為首個亞洲主辦城市，能匯聚全亞洲過億同志人口，打破對性小眾的刻板印象。
RTHK Radio 3 “Sunday Escape” by Paul Haswell and Carolyn Wright invited Charlz, Lisa, Jackie and Dennis from the Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022 team to talk about the GGHK event, the program, the purpose and impact and why they are involved.
2022 年第11屆香港同樂運動會最近進行倒數兩周年的啟動禮，預告 2022 年 11 月 12 日正式在香港體育館進行開幕儀式。
香港同樂運動會創辦人Dennis Philipse 指，象徵賦權和聯繫的火炬將在香港燃點，使社會上不同界別的組織團結起來，香港同樂運動會同時寄望能為香港帶來超過10億港元的經濟收益。
平等機會委員會主席朱敏健先生表示，香港有幸成為首個舉辦同樂運動會的亞洲城市是令人鼓舞，但更重要的是社會上的所有人，包括 LGBTI 社群均應享有平等權利，參與體育活動及生活的其他領域，而無需隱藏自己的身份。
顧問委員會成員Jonathan McKinley相信運動可以讓參與者和觀眾跟不同背景的人保持聯繫及分享經驗。香港同樂運動會將會帶領香港打破不同族群之間的障礙， 建立更多的友誼。
同樂運動會的原始主辦方 Federation of Gay Games 主席 Joanie Evans 指很期待香港同樂運動會成為世界上歷史性的時刻，Federation of Gay Games與 LGBTQ+社群一直以來都希望透過活動打破思想隔閡，讓世界真正做到接受和包容。Federation of Gay Games更期待 2021 年 6 月開始接受參加者報名，這將會是一個體育盛事，讓全世界聚焦在香港。
身兼總法律顧問及對外事務總監的 Lisa Lam 認為同樂運動會是希望透過融合體育、藝術及文化活動，展現香港的多樣性及熱情，而參與同樂運動會能為人與人之間的理解建立更好的橋樑，同樂運動會是極好的機會從正面和包容的態度去展現香港的魅力。（記者 唐信恒）
The two-year countdown to the Games starts this week, and we’re delighted to have two of the team on the podcast to tell us all about it.
Jackie Vierow is the event’s Director of Sports, and Charlz Ung is the Director of the Festival Village, and they’re both brilliant advocates for Gay Games 11 in Hong Kong.
There’s loads on the agenda in this conversation, from how Jackie and Charlz first got involved with the Gay Games; the importance of their respective roles; the impact the Games are already having in Hong Kong; what it means to them to see the wider community getting behind the Games; how they capture the character of the place; and how more people can get involved in making the event happen. It’s great that we can mark the countdown to such a significant event, and we’re grateful Jackie and Charlz took the time to join us.
An official countdown has started: as of Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, the next installment of the world’s largest LGBTQ sports, arts and cultural event is a mere two years away. Gay Games 11, the games’ first-ever occurrence in Asia, is set to bring 12,000 athletes to Hong Kong — in addition to 75,000 spectators and thousands of volunteers from 100 countries, all under the theme “Unity in Diversity.”
“I really believe sports has this unifying power. I think it would be an opportunity for the city to see everyone coming together in a positive, inclusive manner.”
The Hong Kong edition marks the first time the event will be held in Asia, with the nine-day spectacle of sports, culture and arts expected to attract 12,000 participants and 75,000 visitors to the city, and inject HK$1 billion (US$130 million) into the economy.
Open to everyone, not just members of the LGBT community, people can sign up as individuals or teams to participate.
“I think [November 2022] is the right timing, because it’s a great way to connect and people might be ready for this event by then”
同樂運動會是每四年一屆由LGBTQ＋群體舉辦的運動和文化活動，由退役奧林匹克十項全能選手Dr.Tom Waddell 1982年在三藩市所創辦，由LGBT＋的運動參賽者、藝術家和音樂家所引領並開放給公眾參與，成為世界上最大型的運動和文化活動。上一屆的同樂運動會在2018年於法國巴黎舉行，有超過10,000名參與者來自91個國家，於36個運動項目進行競賽，並且為當地經濟帶來6,600 萬歐元的收益。2022年將首次移師到亞洲並於香港舉行 。
Dennis Philipse, Founder and Co-Chair of the Gay Games
“In Hong Kong, I can walk safely together with my boyfriend hand-in-hand on the street but unfortunately, he can’t bring me to his parents as they still have issues with him being gay. However, they know I exist and call me “the friend”. By organising the first Gay Games in Asia, I hope it will help educate people and normalise being LGBTQ through the power of sport. And hopefully this will help my boyfriend’s parents and many others to understand the value of true love.”
Evénement sportif et culturel historiquement destiné aux athlètes, artistes et musiciens LGBTQ, les Gay Games 2018 se sont déroulés à Paris.
L’édition 2022 aura lieu à Hong Kong, une première en Asie, suite à une candidature conjointe sino-hongkongaise. Où en sont les préparatifs?
Twenty cities from 14 countries have expressed an interest in hosting the 2026 edition of the Gay Games.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) received a record number of expressions of interest, with the 20 cities coming from across six continents.
Six American cities have registered an interest, including San Diego and Seattle, with Cape Town and Durban in South Africa also doing so.
Other cities include Brisbane in Australia, São Paulo in Brazil, and Taipei, Taiwan.
Art patron Patrick Sun is building a brighter future for the LGBTQ community in Asia by hosting ambitious, thought-provoking exhibitions in major museums.
After Bangkok, Patrick hopes to host more exhibitions around Asia. “The more immediate targets are Tokyo, Manila and obviously Hong Kong—they’re all on our agenda,” he says. “In 2022 Hong Kong will host the Gay Games. There will be 15,000 participants and 40,000 visitors coming to Hong Kong and I think the art scene in Hong Kong needs to address this event. I’m talking to various venues in Hong Kong—public institutions—and I’m urging them to do something along this theme.”
Hong Kong will host the Gay Games in 2022. Games will see an estimated 40,000 people converge on the city for sport and cultural events
The festival will be underpinned by two major art exhibitions. There will also be daily performances at the games ‘Village’.
No other sports pits the best and novices against each other, making trail running unique
The Gay Games is for everyone, it is about celebrating diversity and acceptance, making off-road running the best metaphor for the event.
“The Gay Games continues to be a substantive catalyst of economic growth for the events’ host city as demonstrated by the latest Gay Games in Paris,”
Locals and non-locals spent 66 million Euros in the main sectors of the economy, including hotels, restaurants, bars and gas stations.
An additional 41.6 million Euros was generated in local income, roughly the equivalent of 1,429 full-time jobs.
France is proud to host the 10th edition of the Gay Games open to everyone worldwide, which for more than 35 years has accompanied the fights against discrimination by using sports as a lever for inclusion,” shared Emmanuel Macron, President of France before the Gay Games kicked off in Paris in August. With over 13,000 participants and 10,000+ athletes, the 2018 Gay Games welcomed athletes and supporters from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum for nine days of sports and cultural activities.”
Childhood friends win over France immigration authorities, then judges and fans with their competition show-stopper
For their show-stopping, gold medal-winning performance, Niel Enopia and Ezekiel Vargas both channelled their inner Beyoncé. The pair, of Filipino descent, represented Hong Kong at the Gay Games in Paris last month and took first place in the world showdance competition, commonly known as competitive ballroom dancing.
The gathering of athletes, for events ranging from basketball to dancesport, bills itself as the world’s “most inclusive” sporting event.
“It’s just the joy of playing. Win or lose, you still get the same joy out of the game.”
The 10th Gay Games, an international sports event that bills itself as the world’s largest and “most inclusive” — anyone can participate, even straight people — will come to a close on Sunday in Paris.
The Gay Games starts on August 4 in Paris, and as troops of Hongkongers head to Europe to compete, they cannot help but look ahead to 2022 when Hong Kong hosts the tournament.
“Hopefully it will galvanise the whole community, the public and the government,” said Tim Coldman, who is competing in Paris at the 5 kilometre, 10km and half-marathon.
“Sport is a great equaliser,” he said. “It breaks down barriers. So we want a lot of support for it.”
Hong Kong took home a gold and a silver medal at the Paris 2018 Gay Games last week.
The city’s Sebastian Turner from LGBTQ+ sports club OutSwimmers HK brought home the silver for the 800-metre freestyle swim on Wednesday, while the mixed volleyball team struck gold in its win against Thailand on Saturday.
Dennis Philipse went from being picked last in gym class in his native Holland to bringing the Gay Games to Asia for the first time.
I had attended the Gay Games in Amsterdam in 1998 and it was an amazing experience. I was living on the canals at the time and remember opening the doors and finding the whole city overwhelmed by this big influx of LGBT people. In 2014, I reached out to the Federation of Gay Games, asking how I could bring the event to Asia.
Do you have to be gay to participate?
Absolutely not. The events are open to everyone of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
Again, anyone can participate in the Gay Games. So no, it’s not discrimination. And non-LGBTQ people have supported the event for decades. Heck, even Rudy Giuliani supported the Gay Games over 20 years ago!
Hong Kong has four years to ditch discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community or risk losing money as it prepares for the Gay Games, said one tennis player as he builds up to the same event in Paris.
Laurie Yu will represent Hong Kong in tennis and table tennis in the Gay Games in Paris this coming August.
Registration for Gay Games 10, scheduled for Aug. 4-12 in Paris, has surpassed 6,000 participants – and with about 200 days before the Opening Ceremony, it is the highest total at this point for any past Games, and more than 1,500 in comparison to where Chicago (in 2006) and Cologne, Germany (2010) were.
“We are happy to be ahead of our goal,” Manuel Picaud, co-president of Paris 2018, said in an exclusive interview. “We are cautious about the trend for (the) next several weeks. We have a maximum capacity of 15,000 participants, but our budget is based on 12,000 participants. The sooner participants register, the better.”
The ISU lifts some restrictions on Gay Games skaters for the first time.
“What it will feel like to the skater is that these events are on one day and other events are on the other day. It won’t seem that different. But there will be different judging panels based on what’s required for certification.”
This should be the most inclusive figure skating event at a Gay Games, with people freer than ever to compete. With the open door from the ISU, it may also attract more non-LGBT competitors. We’re not sure Eric Radford or Ashley Wagner will suddenly show up, but who knows!
Hong Kong will host the 2022 Gay Games, fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event.
This is a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world game … and it is also a big step for diversity inclusion,” said Alfred Chan, chairman of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission, which supported the bid.
Bust out your rainbow flags – Hong Kong has won the bid to host Gay Games 2022
At a gala reception held in Paris last night, the Federation of Gay Games announced that Hong Kong—beating Washington in the US and Guadalajara in Mexico—will host Gay Games 2022, making it the first ever city in Asia to stage the sporting event.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the French capital is hopeful it will stage the most successful Gay Games in history next year.
Speaking during a press conference at the Stade Sébastien Charléty, Hidalgo suggested expectations are high for Paris 2018.
“Paris is recognised throughout the world for its fight for equality and the defence of the rights of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and Intersex) people,” the 58-year-old said.
“Hosting the 2018 Gay Games is a satisfaction and an honour for our city.
“We hope that this event, which will bring Paris to the international level, is the most successful.
“This event will of course be sporting and festive, but also an opportunity to remind us that the fight against all forms of discrimination must continue, and that even an open and tolerant city like ours must work to reinforce the inclusion of all.”
Hong Kong will host the 2022 Gay Games, fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event.
“This is a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world game … and it is also a big step for diversity inclusion,” said Alfred Chan, chairman of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission, which supported the bid.
The 2022 Gay Games host city is expected to be announced in November. Hong Kong is short-listed with Washington, D.C., and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Philipse estimates the games could draw as many as 15,000 competitors and 40,000 spectators, bringing a possible tourism boost of HK$1 billion. And while he says the event “is not about proposing gay marriage or making changes,” it does try “to change the attitude and mentality, which makes it easier to make changes within the community.”
Successful bid could mean estimated HK$1 billion economic boost from giant international sport and cultural event
Hong Kong is to join Guadalajara in Mexico and Washington DC in the United States in contesting for the right to host the “gay Olympics” after making the final shortlist for the 2022 event.
Ahead of the announcement in November, a delegation from the Federation of Gay Games, the guardians of the quadrennial sports and cultural festival, will arrive in May to conduct a site visit to assess Hong Kong’s feasibility as a host city.
In the autumn, the bid team will head to Paris, hosts of the 2018 games, to make its final pitch in front of the federation’s delegates.
Bid to host the 2022 event opens the door for city to have much-needed public debate on acceptance of sexual minorities.
Hong Kong has been shortlisted to host the Gay Games in 2022. The Equal Opportunities Commission, the Tourism Board and a host of companies are supporting the bid.
They have good reason to: hundreds of millions of dollars will be brought to our economy by the participants and spectators. That is cause for society to offer backing, but also a reason to educate about the need for acceptance and ending discrimination against sexual minorities.
The city will next month submit its final bid for the nine-day sporting and cultural event, with high profile backers including the Equal Opportunities Commission
The Equal Opportunities Commission and the “father of Lan Kwai Fong” Allan Zeman are among a number of high-profile backers to throw their support behind Hong Kong’s bid to host the 2022 Gay Games.
Other supporters of the city’s effort to hold the event include businesswoman Gigi Chao, Goods Of Desire co-founder Benjamin Lau, gym chain Pure Fitness and hotel groups Accor and the Mandarin Oriental, according to organisers.
Hong Kong’s bid for the games was warmly received by the Federation of Gay Games in Sydney last week, where a four-person delegation showcased the city before they are expected to submit a final application for the event next month.
International Federation of Gay Games board member thinks Hong Kong needs the event to bring focus on its failure to support LGBT rights.
As Hong Kong eyes up hosting the 2022 “gay Olympics”, the international federation behind the global sports event says it could ultimately choose the Asian city in a bid to shine a light on its poor same-sex rights record.
Hong Kong was listed this week as one of 17 other cities in the running to host the Gay Games, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Tel Aviv and Cape Town – but the territory could be the first and only Asian city to be nominated to host the competition.
The Gay Games was first hosted by San Francisco in 1982 and since then has gone on to become the largest international sport and cultural gathering for athletes, musicians and artists.
The 2014 Gay Games, which attracted nearly 8,000 athletes to Northeast Ohio in August, added $52 million to the local economy during the eight-day event, according to a just-completed study by two economics professors at Kent State University.
• An additional $13.3 million was generated in so-called “indirect spending,” including spending by waitresses, bartenders, food suppliers and others who benefited economically from having all those visitors in town.
• The equivalent of 726 new full-time jobs were generated by the event, though Rohlin concedes that the figure may be more accurately described as temporary hires, part-time positions made full-time and full-time employees working overtime.
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