Federation of Gay Games Official Statement: Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10

Recent events regarding participants from Taiwan and China have elevated the need for the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) to state its position on matters at hand regarding nationality, ethnic origin and political beliefs.

· The FGG looks forward to Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10 organizers successfully hosting 10,317 participants from 91 countries, 4-12 August 2018.    Gay Games 10 features 36 sports, 14 cultural events, and an academic conference. Learn more at Paris2018.com.

· The FGG is not a governmental organization; it is a not-for-profit organization whose mission promotes equality in and through sport and culture.

· The Gay Games legacy changes social and political attitudes towards LGBT+ individuals through the principles of Participation, Inclusion, Personal BestTM.

· It is a fundamental principle of the FGG that all activities conducted shall be inclusive in nature, and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, athletic/artistic ability, physical challenge, age, health status, nationality, ethnic origin, or political belief(s).

· No flags are provided to participants in any events, and no national hymns are played during regular events; exception being host country national anthems at the Opening Ceremony. Individuals from all over the world bring various ways to show their individual, team, local and regional pride throughout the Gay Games. For Opening Ceremonies, all groups march in alphabetical order; China will march with “C”, Hong Kong with “H” and Taipei with “T”.

· The FGG and Paris 2018 organizers recognize the equality challenges experienced all over the world and congratulate the Taiwanese and Chinese teams for promoting LGBT equality, and participating in the Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10.

About the FGG:
Since 1982, the FGG mission promotes equality and is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all. Its legacy changes social, and political attitudes towards LGBT+ people through the core principles of “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™”. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games are San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland+Akron (2014), Paris (2018) and Hong Kong (2022).

“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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