Organizers of the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne have announced that Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Germany, will preside over the 2010 Gay Games Opening Ceremony on 31 July 2010 at RheinEnergie Stadium in Cologne. Dr. Westerwelle has also agreed to become an “official patron” of the 8th Gay Games.
“We are so pleased to have found such a prominent advocate. With his commitment Dr. Guido Westerwelle sends an important signal for more tolerance and acceptance of gays and lesbians in our society,” said Annette Wachter, Chief Executive Officer of Games Cologne.
Westerwelle made news in September when a city treasurer of the western city of Duisburg brought Westerwelle’s sexuality into the spotlight.
User correction: Westerwelle didn’t have an opponent, since in the elections for the Bundestag you vote for a party, not for an individual. And apart from one tastless flyer by a local group of The Left and an anti-gay remark by a low-ranking Social Democrat Westerwelle’s sexuality was a complete non-issue.