After the start of the joint GLISA International (Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association) and FGG (Federation of Gay Games) Working Group end January, GLISA International would like to provide an update on the progress of our work and activities.
The composition of the Working Group (12 members in total) is as follows: GLISA International members are Lin McDevitt-Pugh, Kevin Haunui, Sumit Baudh, Gloria Careaga. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, Thomas Dolan had to leave the Working Group. FGG members: Leigh Ann Naidoo, Kelly Stevens, Jon Baldan, Martyn Pickup and Paul Oostenbrug. The Co-Presidents of each organisation are also part of the Working Group: Wessel van Kampen, Julia Applegate (GLISA International) and Kurt Dahl, Emy Ritt (FGG).
The overall goal of the Working Group is to prepare the RFP (Request for Proposal) Document to be used by potential bidders for the 2018 event.
Teleconferences and Meetings
The GLISA and FGG Co-Presidents met various times via teleconference to set up an initial meeting schedule and project plan.
The full 1QE Working Group met for the 1st time on 29 January 2011. Various meetings have been held in these past few months, either meetings of the full group, or meetings by smaller groups.
To enable close cooperation between the various team members based on their background and expertise, smaller working groups were created around the following topics: Overall Vision, Governance, Event Name, Sports, Culture, Human Rights, and Ceremonies. Each team has met via teleconference several times and provided draft text for review and inclusion in the main RFP and associated appendices.
In order to help move the 1QE process forward, on 28 and 29 July, an in-person meeting is scheduled in Amsterdam. Wessel van Kampen, Emy Ritt, Lin McDevitt-Pugh, and Martyn Pickup will meet each other there. Other team members will join via teleconference.
Status of RFP
The basis for setting up the new 2018 RFP were the documents issued by GLISA for the 3rd WorldOutgames in Antwerp in 2013 events and GayGames X in Cleveland. The 2018 RFP draft will be further modified following discussions and submissions of the subgroups.
2011 Civil Courage Award from Berlin Pride
On 26 June 2011, the Co-Presidents of GLISA and FGG were awarded the 2011 Civil Courage Award by the Berlin Pride organization. GLISA was represented by Wessel van Kampen. FGG was
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represented by Emy Ritt. As stated in Berlin, we humbly accepted this award as a call to action to continue our work together for 1QE in 2018 and beyond.
The preliminary timeline below reflects the 1QE Working Group’s goal of presenting a draft RFP in September to the members of both organizations for initial review. The aim is to have Board and membership approval by end October 2011.
Communication with Prospective 2018 Bidders
Given the frequent inquiries to both GLISA and FGG regarding the status of the 2018 Bid Cycle, it is important to provide a timeline and overview to the public and to prospective 2018 Bidders. In anticipation of communicating regularly with a defined group of prospective bidders, a Google group and email address has been created: email@example.com
The following timeline outlines the target dates for deliverables to members and stakeholders. The first major deliverable is scheduled for mid-July when a draft RFP will be made available to the Boards, stakeholders and members of GLISA and the FGG for feedback.
Proposed Timeline for 1QE Work and Site Selection
(Subject to change)
Draft 2018 RFP available for GLISA and FGG boards, members and stakeholders
Publish 2018 RFP to public websites and blogs
Deadline for Letter of Intent from 2018 Bidders
Information Session for 2018 Bidders
Deadline to submit 2018 Bid
Short List established
2018 Bidder Presentations
GLISA and FGG members vote to select 2018 Host
For any questions please use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
World and Continental Outgames
The 1st WorldOutgames 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.
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Since then, successful events have been hosted by GLISA’s Continental Associations In North Amer-ica and Asia Pacific in 2007 (1st North America Outgames in Calgary) and 2008 (1st Asia Pacific Out-games in Melbourne).
The successful 2nd WorldOutgames was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009. An attractive open all inclusive event for the (local and international) LGBT community, but also for the people from Copen-hagen and Denmark.
In 2011 GLISA’s Continental Associations in Asia Pacific and North America hosted events in Welling-ton, New Zealand (March) and Vancouver, Canada (July).
The 3rd WorldOutgames will be hosted in 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2015, Denver, Colorado will host the 3rd North America Outgames
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