Push to reunite Gay Games and World Outgames
A push to reunite the Gay Games and the World Outgames is being reignited by queer sport alliance group Team Melbourne ahead of the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin next month.
The Gay Games and the World Outgames have been separated for nearly a decade now after the organising committee had disagreements that saw the birth of two different events in 2006.
“We have two years in a row where we have the Gay Games then the World Outgames, and then we have three years where we don’t have anything,” Dane McManus from Team Melbourne told MCV.
“At the moment, we have three events in 12 months: the Antwerp Outgames last year, the Darwin Asia Pacific Outgames in May, and the Gay Games in Cleveland in August and then nothing until 2017.
“Not everyone can afford to go to both games, so our representative numbers are smaller which isn’t good for the clubs that are competing or the cities that are hosting.
“We’ll happily support the games in 2017 and 2018, but after that we won’t support a bid for a games until they are unified.”
McManus told MCV talks had apparently commenced between the two organizing committees of the games in the past – the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sporting Association – but nothing came to fruition.
Team Berlin has also started a strong campaign for One Games.
Sporting organisations are asked to sign up at teammelbourne.org.au/onegames
The Glamourhead Sharks, the Melbourne Frontrunners and Melbourne Spikers have already showed their support for the campaign.