Gay Games 2010 Update
Story and images by Ivan Quintanilla
Gay Games 2010 kicked off in Cologne, Germany on Saturday, July 31 with an explosive Opening Ceremony featuring the parade of athletes from 66 participating countries, speeches by German political leaders, and performances by pop divas Taylor Dayne and Agnes.
The 9,500 participating athletes are competing in 34 different sports through August 7, and striving to fulfill the Gay Games principles of “Inclusion, Participation and Personal Best.”First held in 1982 in San Francisco, the Games were founded by American Olympic decathlete Dr. Tom Waddell guided by his idea that “doing one’s personal best should be the paramount goal in any athletic endeavor.”
Twenty-eight years later, Cologne is exceeding its best as
the host city of the 8th international Games. Cited as “the gayest city in Germany after Berlin” by our
parent publication, OutTraveler.com,
Cologne is indeed an inclusive city, reveling in the celebration of sport and
It’s a big party and
you’re invited:These Games are
open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or ability.It is not only a fantastic sight to see
the 2,955 participants from Germany and 2,219 from the United Sates (the two
most represented countries), but also extremely moving to behold the one proud
athlete from countries such as Angola, Sri Lanka, and United Arab Emirates
where homosexuality is criminalized.
At the Gay Games Cologne, our entire community wins.If you make it to Berlin, download our new Out Guides to Germany's gayest city by clicking here.