Around 10, gay and lesbian athletes from around the globe are expected to descend on the western German city of Cologne tomorrow to participate in the international Gay Games. Entrants from more than 70 countries are due to take part in an eclectic mix of events including football, transgender ballroom dancing and cheerleading. A cultural programme includes art exhibitions, choir concerts and film screenings.
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The opening ceremonies will feature international stars, artistic athletic presentations, music, and of course the official procession of the participants! Country by country they will all march into the stadium, bringing the colors of the world to Cologne. PDT where they will welcome guests, celebrities and many of the athletes who will be participating in the Games.
That day marked the beginning of a week of participation in 17 sports by 1, athletes from 12 countries. Lives were changed, and it was clear the Gay Games would be held again. Opening and closing ceremonies were again held at Kezar Stadium. A program of cultural events was added to further include people from all walks of life and interests.
The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that promotes acceptance of sexual diversityfeaturing lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT athletes and artists. Founded as the Gay Olympicsit was started in the United States in San Francisco, Californiainas the brainchild of Olympic decathlete Mexico City and medical doctor Tom WaddellRikki Streicher and others,  whose goals were to promote the spirit of inclusion and participation, as well as to promote the pursuit of personal growth in a sporting event. It retains similarities with the Olympic Gamesincluding the Gay Games flame which is lit at the opening ceremony.
This well-attended event, which is held every four years, was begun in and held in San Francisco the first two occasions, before being hosted by Vancouver, New York City, Amsterdam, Sydney and most recently Chicago. This is the largest LGBT sports and cultural gathering in the world, although the similarly themed, though wholly independent, World Outgames were established in in Montreal, held again in Copenhagen inand will next take place in Antwerp in Organizers are expecting as many as 12, participants from more than 70 countries — plus anotherspectators.
He is married — to a woman. It has been a concept which has seen real success since the games were launched in San Francisco in Approximately 1, athletes came to the first games. In Cologne 12, are expected to participate.
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Some 10, participants from more than 70 countries converged for the Gay Games VIII Cologne and celebrated the principles of participation, inclusion and personal best. There were 35 sports and 5 culture categories where people from all over the world took part in, not to mention numerous parties and other events during the event. The motto was Be part of it! The Co-Presidents of the FGG and Games Cologne spoke and thanked all the volunteers for the many years of work to complete a successful week.