Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Johannesburg to be Awarded

San Francisco, CA - A quick Google search and you’ll find a list of cities that have hosted the Gay Games. Seven cities, San Francisco (twice), Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago and Cologne (in 2010) share the honour.

But what about Gay Games Toronto? Gay Games LA? Or Johannesburg 2010? Just like during the Olympic bid process, there is stiff competition to host the next Gay Games and only one city can be selected. Toronto, Los Angeles and Johannesburg are examples of cities that marshaled significant resources and energy to bid to host the Gay Games but ultimately were not chosen.

As the Gay Games 2014 Site Selection process winds down and as the world begins final preparations for next summer’s 2010 Gay Games in Germany, the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) has announced a new award designed to honour all previous Gay Games bidding cities and host city organisations. Each city has been invited to send representation to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne where each city will be presented with a Medal of Honour during the July 31, 2010, Opening Ceremony.

The 18 cities that will be honoured include: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Cologne, Dallas, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Montreal, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, DC. Each city has been invited to send representatives to Cologne for the special ceremony.

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