The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) announces the 2022 Gay Games XI host city selection process

fggThe Federation of Gay Games (FGG) announces the 2022 Gay Games XI host city selection process. Interested cities are invited to send note of interest to FGGBids@GayGames.net. Official information, timeline and process are available at www.GayGames.org. Deadline for sending in the Official FGG Request for Information (RFI) document is 11:59pm Pacific Time 15 April 2016.

The Gay Games is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all since 1982 and perpetuates the legacy of changing cultural, social and political attitudes towards LGBT people. A core principle of the Federation of Gay Games is “Participation, Inclusion and Personal BestTM” and will next be presented in 2018 at Gay Games 10 in Paris, France. Registration begins in June 2016 at www.Paris2018.com.

Official economic impact highlights from the 2014 Gay Games 9 in Cleveland:

· Total economic impact: USD 52.1 million
· 75 percent of the 20,000-plus who participated or attended the Games lived outside the Cleveland+Akron metro area.
· Locals and non-locals spent $38.8 million in the main sectors of the economy, including hotels, restaurants, bars and gas stations.
· An additional $20.6 million was generated in local incomes, roughly the equivalent of 726 full-time jobs.
· 64 percent of local participants said they would have traveled outside Northeast Ohio to participate in the Gay Games, taking their local spending of $8.4 million and “dropping” it into another region.

Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), and Cleveland+Akron (2014). Gay Games 10 will be held in Paris 2018.

Visit www.Paris2018.com for more information.

“Gay Games,” “Federation of Gay Games,” the interlocking circles device, and the phrase “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best” are trademarks of the Federation of Gay Games, Inc. Trademarks are registered in the USA, Canada, Benelux, the UK, Germany, and Australia.

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