“It was a very inclusive and democratic decision-making process, with members connecting by videoconference from as far afield as Australasia, Mexico, and Tonga,” Vaudrin explained. “We are thrilled that Miami Beach and the voters are offering us the opportunity to organize the World Outgames in the United States. Miami is a particularly important place for us to be raising gay, lesbian and bisexual human rights issues because of its strong links to Latin America and the on-going political discourse within the US itself.”
The first World Outgames was held in 2006 in Montreal and attracted more than 12,000 participants. The event was based on three components: Sport, Culture and Human Rights. The second World Outgames was held in Copenhagen in 2009. It was an attractive, open and inclusive event that welcomed the local and international LGBT community as well s the wider population of Copenhagen and Denmark. “We’re thrilled that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes will have the opportunity to build on the human rights legacy of Copenhagen and Montreal. It is wonderful that Miami Beach will be carrying the flame of our international community in 2017,” Vaudrin said. In the meantime, the next edition of World Outgames will be hosted this year in Antwerp, Belgium, from 31 July to 11 August.About the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association
Established in 2004, the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association is a democratically governed, international association of sport, culture and human rights organizations that work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. GLISA’s mandate is to support and grow an international LGBT movement by organizing continental associations, continental Outgames, and global World Outgames every four years.
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