Paris Launches Campaign For Gay Games

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In 1982 the first Gay Olympic Games was held in San Francisco. The brainchild of Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell, the Games attracted 1,350 athletes competing in 11 sports. The events were not reported widely and many media sources, with a policy against the use of the word “gay,” referred to the event as the “Homosexual Games.”

Skip forwards 30 years and this four-yearly, international event now attracts thousands of competitors competing in over 30 sports. Paris must submit its application to host the 10th Gay Games by February 2013, and will find out if it is selected from a short list of candidate cities by July. Amsterdam, Limerick, London, and Orlando are also competing host cities. The Federation of Gay Sports will announce the winner in Cleveland, Ohio , the site of the X Gay Olympic Games.

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Lucy Culpepper

Lucy Culpepper has traveled to, written about, and worked in some 30 countries. She is originally from Wales in the United Kingdom, has lived all over the UK, in southern California, Spain, and France and has spent extended time in Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica.