Southeast athletes head to 2018 Paris Gay Games [fr]
This summer Paris will host the 10th edition of the Gay Games, the world’s largest sports and cultural event open to all. Held every four years since 1982, the Gay Games bring thousands of people together without discrimination, in a sporting and cultural forum that is truly open to all.
Atlantans and members of the city’s LGBT community gathered at the French residence on March 7 for a celebration of this year’s Games, which included remarks by French Consul General Louis de Corail and Paris 2018 Director of International Relations Emy Ritt. Representatives from local LGBT performance groups, including Atlanta Freedom Bands (composed of a concert band, marching band, swing band and color guard) and OurSong, Atlanta’s mixed LGBT chorus were present, as well as members of Atlanta PrimeTimers, a social group for older LGBT Atlantans. For a slideshow of the evening’s festivities, click here.
Athletes and participants from the U.S. southeast will be among those converging at this year’s Games, which are expected to draw 15,000 participants from more than 70 countries. Already, more than 40 participants from across Georgia, many of them from Atlanta, have registered to participate in the multi-day event. They will compete in swimming, water polo, tennis, soccer, running and bowling, as well as participate in band and orchestra cultural events.
A total of 36 sports will be a part of the 10th edition of the Games, which occur from August 4-12. These include classics such as volleyball, basketball and diving as well as several specialty sports such as the French game pétanque. Participation is open to all, without criterion or selection. Another important aspect of the Gay Games is its cultural component, including 14 cultural events and individual and group performances.
Paris 2018 insists on inclusion and diversity by and in sport. The Gay Games allow LGBT people to affirm themselves, and strengthen their legitimacy and visibility of LGBT sports and cultural associations. The Games also aim to shine a light on the talents and richness of culture in Paris and the Ile-de-France region. Additionally, the festivities are sustainable and eco-responsible.
For more information, see the Paris 2018 Gay Games website.