Showing posts with label Gay Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Games. Show all posts

November 1, 2017

Hong Kong Wins 2022 Gay Games as People Asks For Better Protections for LGBT


With Hong Kong becoming the first Asian city to host the “Gay Olympics” in 2022, the city should now do more to legally protect sexual minorities, the team behind the city’s successful bid said on Tuesday. 

The stewards of the largest LGBT sporting event in the world announced in Paris on Monday night that Hong Kong had won the backing of a majority of its voting committee, beating Washington in the US and Guadalajara in Mexico to be the host city five years from now. It did not give a breakdown of how the 70 votes were cast.

No Asian city has hosted the games since the event began in 1982.
Hong Kong’s 13-member bid team on Friday made its case to the committee that bringing the games to the city would help tackle the stigma and cultural barriers faced by LGBT groups across the region.
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On Tuesday, the team said, “the real work” started now to make it the best Gay Games yet. Bid chair Dennis Philipse said. “We fought tirelessly and are elated to bring the games to Asia for the first time. Thank you all for your love and support.”

Paul Choi, director of government relations for the Hong Kong 2022 bid team, said he hoped the games would be a “catalyst” for the government to create national anti-discrimination laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
While conservative attitudes towards same-sex marriage still prevail across Asia, sentiment has shifted slightly, with Taiwan becoming the first country in the region earlier this year to allow same-sex marriage.

In Hong Kong, homosexuality was decriminalized in 1991 but same-sex marriage is not recognized. However, the city’s highest court issued a landmark ruling in September allowing a gay woman to get a dependant's visa through her same-sex partner in the city, an immigration status previously granted only to heterosexual couples.
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Hong Kong’s bid team received significant local support, with more than 120 groups and individuals from backgrounds encompassing government and politics, business, sports and cultural organizations. The heavy hitters included the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Tourism Board, businessman Allan Zeman and Cathay Pacific Airways.

While participants in the games need not be gay, online reaction to news of the city’s win was mixed, with some saying using “gay” in an event title served to emphasize that LGBT people were “different”.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board said it would support the promotion of the sporting event, but did not elaborate further. A spokeswoman also said the organization was “pleased” Hong Kong had been selected and it proved the city could be a major destination for “a rich diversity” of events.

Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which backed the bid, said in a statement: “The EOC believes that it is another important step in promoting equality and a better understanding of LGBTI people in Hong Kong and across Asia.”

With 15,000 athletes and an estimated 40,000 people traveling to see the games, organizers have said it can bring in up to HK$1 billion for the city.
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Organisers are planning for 36 events, with local favorites trail running and dragon boat racing alongside traditional track and field events. Taking advantage of existing facilities, Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, Victoria Park swimming pool, and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal are all listed as key venues.

First held in San Francisco, the Gay Games are billed as the largest global sport and cultural gathering open to all. The event is held every four years, with 70 countries expected to participate in Paris next year.

Separately, on November 25, Hong Kong will host the ninth annual pride parade event under the theme “turn the tide, walk with pride, say goodbye to discrimination.”
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as HK’s LGBT community ‘needs legal protection’

May 18, 2016

Sexual Roulettes with HIV Men in Barcelona

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Sexual roulettes with an unknown HIV person are going on in Barcelona as a fun orgy in which one person could win the Prize. Jesus Vazquez, Boris Izaguirre and Fernando Grande-Marlaska, are Doctors that have been in a campaign fighting the spread of AIDS since 2007.

Hospital and clinic Doctors of infectious diseases and AIDS have warned that in Barcelona men are holding parties called sexual roulette (ruletas sexuales). Gay Men are invited to this gatherings with someone who is HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to make a more stimulating sexual experience. Specialists, which include Dr. Josep Mallolas, deputy in that service, warn that “they have lost respect” for a disease that, well treated, is not deadly because it can be managed just like any chronic illness but its also incurable and life threatening.

These parties, reports Cadena Ser, consisting of gay men —habitually these groups meet in a place to have an orgy or engage in group sex, including the guest HIV individual but without disclosing to participants which one is the one. "Who gets him, gets him," they explain.

Sexual roulettes have different formats. Some are unique to HIV carriers, and others that can also access healthy people. “There is smorgasbord of everything: parties that are authentic sexual roulettes, or events they cannot go if you're not already infected with HIV," said Mallolas.

The disease is still fatal in countries where the population does not have publicly funded health care system, but clearly added Mallolas, here they don’t fear it. A Doctor specialist in HIV has related the story of a gay young man of 22 years.  The young man explains:  “My sexuality is very important to me and I do not want to give it up, at age 22, to live the rest of my life with a condom on?  Living every day with the fear of getting infected for the rest of my life, so the sooner I get infected, the sooner I can try to get an undetectable viral load, before suffering and always thinking ‘what if I get infected’.” Dr.Mallolas added, “When he said that, I froze.”

Antiretroviral therapy for HIV costs the Ministry of Health about 7,000 euros per year per person, plus other drugs that the patient needs to eliminate other occasional, frequent infections in HIV people.

The Health dept. says in Catalonia you have 30,000 people receiving anti-AIDS treatment.  The gay community is the only one experiencing a steady increase in the numbers of new infections, says Health.

Translated by adamfoxie blog International

Original Spanish Newspaper story:


 Ruletas sexuales en Barcelona con un enfermo de sida como invitado de incógnito en la orgía
Jesús Vázquez, Boris Izaguirre y Fernando Grande-Marlaska, en una campaña contra el contagio de sida entre hombres del 2007.
Médicos del servicio de enfermedades infecciosas y sida del Hospital Clínic han alertado de que en Barcelona se están celebrando encuentros denominados ruletas sexuales, a los que se invita a un infectado por el VIH, el virus que causa el sida, con el fin de hacer más estimulante la experiencia. Los especialistas, entre los que figura el doctor Josep Mallolas, adjunto en el citado servicio, advierten de que "se ha perdido el respeto" a una enfermedad que, bien tratada, no resulta mortal ya que se puede sobrellevar de forma crónica, pero que es incurable y potencialmente mortal.

Estos encuentros, informa la Cadena Ser, consisten en grupos --habitualmente hombres homosexuales- que se citan en un local con el objetivo de celebrar una orgía o mantener relaciones sexuales colectivas, incluyendo al invitado que sufre el sida pero sin revelar a los participantes cuál de ellos es el individuo enfermo. "A quien le toca, le toca", explican.

 Ruletas sexuales en Barcelona con un enfermo de sida como invitado de incógnito en la orgía 
Las ruletas sexuales tienen diversos formatos. Unas son exclusivas para portadores del VIH, y otras a las que pueden acceder también personas sanas. "Hay de todo: fiestas que son auténticas ruletas sexuales, o encuentros a los que no puedes acudir si no estás ya infectado por el VIH", ha explicado Mallolas.

La enfermedad sigue siendo mortal en los países donde la población no dispone de sistema sanitario financiado públicamente, pero es evidente, añadió Mallolas, que aquí no se la teme. El especialista ha relatado a la emisora el comentario que le hizo un homosexual de 22 años: "Me dijo, mi sexualidad es importantísima y no me quiero resignar, a los 22 años, a vivir el resto de mi vida con un preservativo puesto. ¿Que alternativa tengo?: Infectarme. Y cuanto antes me infecte y antes me trate y mantenga una carga viral indetectable, antes dejaré de sufrir por si me infecto", ha explicado Mallolas. "Cuando me lo dijo, me quedé helado", ha añadido el médico.

La terapia antirretroviral que debe seguir un infectado por el VIH cuesta a la Conselleria de Salut unos 7.000 euros al año, más los fármacos que el paciente necesita para eliminar otras infecciones ocasionales, frecuentes en estas personas.

En Catalunya reciben tratamiento antisida unas 30.000 personas. El colectivo homosexual es el único que experimenta un constante incremento en las cifras de nuevos infectados, indica Salut. 

August 13, 2014

As the Gay Community flourishes so does the Gay Games


The ninth Gay Games (GG9) kicked off in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, this weekend. It's the world's largest LGBT sports and culture events, boasting over 50 countries represented, more than 35 sports played, and around 7,000 athletes (10 percent of whom are straight) competing. But as the LGBT world grows ever more established, a big question looms over the Games: Why are they still relevant?
"We get that question a lot," acknowledges GG9 Executive Director Tom Nobbe. Times have changed and the impetus of the community has, too, as its uphill battle for civil rights begins to level out, and popularity presents different challenges for gays. Last year was the gayest year ever in the U.S., with 18 states recognizing gay marriage. 2014 is moving toward legislative equality at an even quicker pace.
President Barack Obama made a surprise video announcement at the GG9 opening ceremony, and the county's Republican Party issued a warm welcome, both of which were unthinkable acts of outreach the last time the Games were stateside back in 2006. But, politicians are often playing catch up with other vehicles of change.
Popular culture is a big force behind shifting views. "There is absolutely more opportunity to participate in mainstream sport and culture events," says Nobbe. Countless athletes have come out of the closet since the Games began in 1982. In the last year, plenty of other prominent talents, from actors to activists, have felt more comfortable expressing their identies with increasing public support.
Money is an important engine for changing views, too. "I know why Obama evolved on gay marriage," joked one Federation of Gay Games official, "It wasn't because he really cared, maybe, but because the Republicans wouldn't give an economic stimulus, so he said, 'Let's have gay marriage, because all these weddings cost so much money.'" Jokes aside, since the Games are funded (mostly) by private organizations, Cleveland and Akron scrambled for the opportunity to host them, embracing the chance to rebrand as gay tourist destinations. These rustbelt towns were enticed by the promise of an economic boom to the tune of $50 million, which like all big events, is almost certainly an exaggerated estimate—but, that's just it, the Games aren't a niche celebration, they aren't an exception; they're like all other big events, talked about in the same monetary terms as the return of Lebron James or the Cleveland. They might even be less controversial than that. 

None of this is to say that being mainstream is the end of troubles for the LGBT community. In an arena with the punchy, not unpleasant smell of county fair fry grease and ranch animals, the first ever Gay Games rodeo event took place this Sunday. Ed Barry, President of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) tells Reason that as homosexuality becomes normalized by things as mundane as dating apps, the environment he knew is being shaken up. Says Barry, "Now that we're weaving so much into the general fabric of society, it becomes more difficult to attract people who are coming for camaraderie." Although young people enjoy attending events, through which the IGRA carry on both cowboy culture and gay culture, the new generation didn't face the same kind of adversity—denied by countless venues, hassled by cops and courts—he and other older folks did, just to put on their rodeos. Without these challlenges, young members of the community just don't have the same drive to be involved.
Zenon EvansZenon EvansTo be sure, overcoming its historical challenges isn't something the community would want to relive. Sonny Koebler, a bull rider, says the institutions like the IGRA and Gay Games do remain relevant and important because of their connection to LGBT history. Both organizations have fought discrimination and preserve the memory through their events. Koebler says they wouldn't want to lose touch with the fact that "when these organizations started, there was no ability for any figure in any sport to come out."
And, the struggle does continue in some ways. Koebler regularly risks being gored or trampled just like any other rider, but says rodeo is "still unfortunately a sport in the straight world with a lot of barriers to overcome." The Games and the IGRA help by creating a platform by which people realize "the gay community is as diverse as the straight community. There are as many gay boys and girls born out in the sticks and raised around cattle as there born in urban areas, and I think a lot of people don't get that. The Gay Games really shows that off" to not only the straight world, but other parts of the LGBT world that had never heard of a gay rodeo.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson put it another way: "It's easy to hate someone you demonize, but it's very difficult to dislike someone you know."

It's this proximity, this familiarity of the Games that make them not only meaningful, but successful in a way that the pomp-and-pretense-filled Olympics cannot be. Frankly, it makes for a more engaging watch, too. Some Games' athletes are record-breaking pros, but many are not. They're on a pedestal, but one that appears within reach. You're close enough to see the unpolished humanness of their struggle when they slip, hit the ground, and bleed, and those who excel are illuminated against the backdrop of all that grit. You don't get this kind of context with Usain Bolt. Yeah, he's faster than the five other fastest Olympian sprinters on Earth, but what does he compare to your friends who ran in college? And, honestly, as fun as it is to get gung-ho about quirky Olympic sports like curling or badminton every four years, watching GG9 athletes competing in pool at the local Dave & Busters hits closer to home. It's something any American could relate to any day of the week.
Some outside challenges remain, even in the state hosting GG9. A federal court is currently hearing a case on Ohio's gay marriage ban, but from the judges' statements, it seems that ban won't last much longer.
And while demonization in the U.S. dissolves, the Games are still significant to the LGBT community internationally. At GG9, the entrance of Russia's team elicited the loudest applause of the opening ceremony, and its captains received an award for their daring resistance to their homeland's oppressive anti-gay laws. Such support and sanctuary is unquantifiable.
The Games don't pack up and ship out of Cleveland until this Sunday and there are plenty more competitions and performances until then. After that, they’re out of North America until 2022, and in their next incarnations will undoubtedly pick up more culture, more talent, and more victories to add to the legacy.
Zenon Evans is a staff writer and editor at

August 11, 2014

President Obama Surprises Everyone by Showing up at the Gay Games


President Obama kicked off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies.
Obama welcomed athletes, coaches, families and spectators from around the world to Ohio and the United States as the event began Saturday night.
The President said the United States has come a long way in its commitment to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He also noted some athletes come from places where revealing their sexual orientation can put them at risk.
 The Gay Games kicked off Saturday night in Cleveland. About 8,000 people are registered to participate in the international event.

He affirmed the United States’ commitment to standing “with you and for your human rights.”
Performers Lance Bass and the Pointer Sisters also helped kick off the weeklong games. About 8,000 people are registered to participate.

Lance Bass performs during the opening ceremonies of the event.
The Gay Games is often billed as the world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by, and specifically for gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes, artists and musicians. The first Gay Games was in 1982 in San Francisco.

source: NYDaily News

November 26, 2013

Gay Server Not Tipped } “Never Happened” Family Says {

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After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, a local family contacted NBC 4 New York and said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn't write any such note.
Dayna Morales, a former Marine and a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, posted a photo on Facebook earlier this month, showing the bill with a line through the space for a tip. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle."
Morales indicated in her Facebook post, and in subsequent media interviews — including with NBC 4 New York — that the customer wrote that line.

But a family contacted NBC 4 New York claiming their receipt from the restaurant shows they did leave a tip, and provided what they said was a credit card statement as proof.
The husband and wife, who asked to remain anonymous, showed NBC 4 New York a receipt that appeared to be printed at the same minute, on the same date, for the same $93.55 total, except with an $18 tip. 
They also provided a document they said was a Visa bill, which appears to indicate their card was charged for the meal plus the tip, for a total of $111.55.
The couple told NBC 4 New York that they believed their receipt was used for a hoax. The wife says she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right.
"We've never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that," the wife said.
The husband said he and his wife have both worked in restaurants and believe in the value of tipping, and noted that he didn't vote for Gov. Chris Christie because the governor doesn't support gay marriage.
"Never would a message like that come from us," he said.
Morales told NBC 4 New York on Monday that she was certain she did not receive a tip, and insisted the handwriting on the receipt was not hers. When asked if there had been some sort of misunderstanding, she said, "I don't know, all I know is what I've been saying."
A manager and the restaurant owner insisted they had the original ticket for the $93.55 charge, but would not produce the receipt for NBC 4 New York and could not explain why the family's credit card was charged for more.
The restaurant later said in a statement it was aware of the allegations and had no comment pending an internal investigation.
Whatever happened, the couple believes it may have begun with a misunderstanding.
They said they thought the hostess who sat the family told them their server would be "Dan," and when Morales showed up at their table, the wife exclaimed "whoa, you're not Dan."
Morales wrote in her Facebook post that the wife said, "oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!"
According to the couple, the rest of the meal with their two children went fine. 
They said they came forward because the story of the receipt note didn't appear to be going away; Morales had recently announced that people were sending her tips from all over the world, and was donating some of the money to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I just felt like people have a right to know that -- it's fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they're doing it under a false pretense," the wife said.

October 9, 2013

Paris Wins The Gay Games!!

Paris to host 2018 Gay Games

Paris won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games on Monday, seeing off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.

( By FRANCE 24 )

Paris on Monday won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games, seeing off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.
The 2014 games, both a sporting and cultural event, will take place in Cleveland and Akron in the United States.
The Gay Games – which take place every four years – see more than 10,000 participants take part.
The event retains similarities to the Olympic Games, although it had to change its name before the inaugural event in 1982 after legal objections by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over name rights.
Its organisers insist the games are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, religion or nationality, and include up to 36 sporting disciplines.
Welcoming the nomination, the city authorities said in a statement that Paris was “an open city that respects the universal values of openness, sharing and freedom”.

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