With just over two years to go until the Gay Games are hosted in Hong Kong and in Asia for the first time, support for the Games continues to gather pace. The significant crowdfunding milestone of USD100,000 has been surpassed, thanks to a steady stream of generous donations from the general public.
The donations form an important portion of the funds needed to bring the Gay Games to life, supporting the tremendous amount of organisation and preparation required to put on an event of this scale. The Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022 (GGHK) expects to welcome over 12,000 participants, 75,000 spectators with the help of 3,000 volunteers from over 100 countries.
GGHK is a nine-day event, to be held from 11-19 November, 2022, in Hong Kong. The Gay Games in Hong Kong will consist of 36 sports, arts and culture events, a festival village, and opening and closing ceremonies, all organised by the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender identity, ethnicity or ability, and all events are open entry.
Crowdfunding donations so far have come from many different sectors of society, including individual donors, private organisations, and sporting associations.
Christof Witting, Director of Fundraising and Partnerships, remarked:
“We are thrilled to have exceeded the USD100,000 crowdfunding milestone already, despite the tough economic downturn and other challenges we are all facing this year. It demonstrates that in times like these the Games are even more important for us as a community to Unite in Diversity, and donating even just a few dollars to become a proud sponsor is a really valuable way to become a part of this movement”.
Information on the crowdfunding efforts can be found on the Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022 “Simply Giving” page here, This page includes details of the current amount raised and lists the generous donors.
More information about how to make donations or become a fundraiser for the Gay Games in Hong Kong can be found here. This also contains details on how supporters in various territories including Hong Kong and the United States can donate with tax exemptions.
The first Gay Games in Asia, Gay Games 11 Hong Kong will take place in 11-19 November 2022, expecting 12,000 participants, 75,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers from 100 countries under the theme “Unity in Diversity.” There are 36 sporting events planned including Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, eSports, and Trail Running, opening & closing ceremonies, festival village and arts and culture events with daily performances, a Gala Concert, LGBTQ+ arts exhibition, and memorial events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay Games.
The Gay Games:
The Gay Games is a sporting and cultural festival event organised by the LGBTQ+ community every 4 years, where everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexual orientation, ability, age, and gender identity. Founded in San Francisco in 1982, the Gay Games have become the world’s largest sporting and cultural event open to all, led by LGBT+ sports participants, artists, and musicians. The event was most recently hosted in 2018 in Paris, France, and involved over 10,000 participants from 91 countries, competing in 36 sport disciplines. The event pumped 66 million Euros into the local economy.