This year’s theme is ‘Heroes’. Everyone knows someone who deserves the ‘hero status’. Think of people who take the lead, stand for something and also propagate it in public.
It concerns people, whether or not they belong to the LGBTI community, who are committed to human rights in general and/or our community in particular in various ways.
We as an organization do not decide who these heroes are and who deserves this ‘hero status’. We leave that up to you, our community. Everyone is free to enter into the discussion and everyone is free to appoint a hero.
In 2018 the 10th Gay Games will take place in Paris. It is a poly sporting event that is organized every 4 years in a different country. It is primarily an event for LGBT’s but it is open to anyone who wants to participate and there is no qualification to enroll.
Since the first games in 1982 in San Francisco, where 1,350 participants competed against each other in 17 sports, the event has become the biggest and widest sports tournament in the world. With more than 12,000 participants and more than 35 branches of sport, it is even bigger than the Olympic Games.
Goals of the Gay Games
The founder and organizer of the first games was the homosexual American Olympic decathlon athlete Tom Waddell. His goal was greater than just a homophobic-free sporting event with great sports performances. He wanted something more than that. His aim for the Gay Games was to bring about change and make the world a better place by connecting people through sports and dance regardless of their sexual preference and gender identity.
Gay Games Amsterdam 1998
In the summer of 1998 the Gay Games with the motto “Friendship through culture and sport” took place in our capital. In those years Amsterdam experienced its heyday as the gay capital of the world. It was a time when everything was possible and nowhere else in the world was the gay nightlife was as present and loud as in Amsterdam. The Gay Games of 1998 marks a time that is seen by many as a benchmark of the LGBT emancipation history of the Netherlands.
20 years later
This summer it will be 20 years since this wonderful event took place in our city. What have we achieved since then? What is the situation regarding the LGBT emancipation in general and LGBT’s in sport in particular? Are we still up to speed or have we fallen behind? In short, high time to investigate where we stand.