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PHOTOS: A Gay Games Athlete Shares His Cleveland Story

PHOTOS: A Gay Games Athlete Shares His Cleveland Story

San Francisco's Justin Garrett, a vice president at Here Media, Out Traveler's parent company, competed in the tennis competition during last week's Gay Games. He was kind enough to share his pics from the event, which he calls a rare showing of gay fellowship.

The Gay Games in Cleveland were a well-attended gathering of athletes and sports fans, and the cities of Cleveland and Akron rolled out the Midwest Charm in a big way. From my personal experience, there was a strong sense of camaraderie among the athletes; everyone was cool and helpful. The best part of the experience — outside of the actual competition — was developing new friendships with people from other parts of the U.S. and the world. See you all in Paris in 2018!

Dick Adams (left, from Washington, D.C.) and Terry Dyer (to his right, from Salt Lake City) are joined by fellow tennis players during practice at Cleveland State University.

Dyer and Adams, after scoring a winner during their doubles match.

Striking a pose before Opening Ceremonies.

Beach Volleyball finals on Lake Erie: San Francisco’s Brice and Lonyl defeated Detroit players.

Tennis Doubles team: Victor Olivera and Justin Garrett (representing San Francisco) take a moment before their quarter final match at Mayfield Village.

Tennis singles Bronze medalist Victor Olivera (San Francisco) celebrates the taste of victory!

San Francisco Rock Dogs defend their Gay Games Gold in basketball again! (defeating Brothers United from Atlanta/Los Angeles/Washington, D.C.)

Athletes like Victor Olivera and Justin Garrett gathered at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, to line up for marching into Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Detox (RuPaul's Drag Race) was among the many exciting headlining performers at The Athletes Village.

Tennis singles Bronze medalist Victor Olivera has a little fun celebrating his win with the champion statue at Public Square/Key Center.

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