Site Selection Commission to begin 4th quarter 2015
The joint Working Group (WG) of the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) and the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) announces the creation of a framework for a quadrennial One World Event (1WE). The Working Group will work to perpetuate the history of FGG and GLISA, while also working to bring the LGBTQI community together. The WG recently convened in Cologne, Germany and reports conclusions from a widely distributed online survey:
1. According to the survey findings, there is overwhelming support for having one world
quadrennial event. 88.7% of the 1,705 respondents support having one world quadrennial event: very
important (46.5%), somewhat important (26.1%), or important (16.1%).
2. The event should have three components: Sport, Culture, and Human Rights Conference.
3. The event must be inclusive of all elements of the community, i.e. youth, trans, women, elders, disabled,
4. The event should remove any barriers to participation, such as cost of registration while offering
increased scholarship opportunities.
Building on the recommendations of the membership, the survey and the Cologne discussions, the 1WE WG
has created a framework report for a quadrennial 1WE to be produced in 2022 and what will be required to
achieve this goal.
This report, known as the 1WE Cologne Report, will address the needs for both organizations to sign off on a
Memo of Understanding (MOU) that includes the creation of a Transition Commission, and the production of a
World Congress to take place in third quarter of 2015 with representation from all parties with a vested interest in
promoting a One World Event consisting of Sport, Culture, and Human Rights.
Simultaneously, a Site Selection Commission will be created following the ratification of the MOU with a Site
Selection process commencing in fourth quarter of 2015.
“GLISA is excited on the progress of this vital collaboration that benefits the worldwide LGBT sporting
community”, states Tamara Adrian, GLISA Co-President.
“All of us at the FGG are extremely thrilled to see things moving forward in a positive manner”, states FGG Co-President Kurt Dahl.
The WG presented the 1WE Cologne Report to the FGG and GLISA Boards in January 2015 with ratification of
the Memo of Understanding expected by 15 April 2015.
About the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA):
The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association is a democratically governed, international association of
LGBT sport and human rights organizations from around the world. Modeled after existing multi-sport
organizations, GLISA’s members are international sporting federations, human rights organizations, continental
associations representing sport teams and clubs from the major regions of the world, host cities of GLISA’s
World OutGames, and other organizations that support the mandate of GLISA.
About the OutGames
OutGames bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes from around the world in
unprecedented numbers for a celebration of sport, culture and human rights. In the spirit of true inclusiveness,
the OutGames are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation. Core elements for the OutGames are sport,
culture/celebrations and Human Rights Conference. The 2017 World OutGames will be hosted in Miami Beach,
About The Federation of Gay Games (FGG):
The purpose of the FGG shall be to foster and augment the self-respect of gay men and women throughout the
world and to engender respect and understanding from the non-gay world, primarily through an organized,
international athletic and cultural event held every four years. The mission of the FGG is to promote equality
through the organization of the premiere international LGBT and gay-friendly sports and cultural event known as
the Gay Games.
About the Gay Games
Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™, since 1982 the Gay Games have
empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship. The Gay Games was
conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent
Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998),
Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), and Cleveland+Akron (2014). Gay Games 10 will be held in
Paris 2018. Visit www.Paris2018.com for more information.
“Gay Games,” “Federation of Gay Games,” the interlocking circles device, and the phrase “Participation,
Inclusion and Personal Best” are trademarks of the Federation of Gay Games, Inc. Trademarks are registered in
the USA, Canada, Benelux, the UK, Germany, and Australia.