The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10 extend support to the participants of the Gay and Lesbian Sport Association (GLISA) 2017 World OutGames Miami. Our concern is for all the participants disappointed and frustrated by cancellations and changes to events, and we send our support also to the two FGG member organizations — International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA), and the International Gay & Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) — working hard in Miami to make sure that the aquatics and soccer / football events continue to take place.
Said FGG Co-President Sean Fitzgerald, “I am here in Miami and witnessing all of this first-hand. While my water polo tournament will continue, my heart goes out to everyone who arrived in Miami only to learn that their events had been cancelled. Since 1982, the Gay Games have taken place like clockwork every four years. The Federation of Gay Games is committed to help Paris 2018 deliver Gay Games 10 accordingly to the true ideals of the Gay Games: Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™.”
Speaking from Paris, France, Paris 2018 Co-President Manuel Picaud commented that “people can rest assured that our event is ahead of schedule. We have the financial support of every French institution. Our Minister of Sports, Laura Flessel, is also our Patron. Most of our venues are being provided by the City of Paris. We have over 2,200 people registered already for our 36 sports, 14 cultural events, and 1 academic conference. We expect participants from more than 70 countries for a week-long celebration of diversity in the capital of love. Please join us in August, 2018.”