While we’re gearing up for Cleveland, Ohio‘s turn to host next year’s much-anticipated Gay Games, the board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games chose Paris to be the host city in 2018. The highly contested chance to host the games that see record crowds of LGBT and ally visitors consists of a lengthy bidding process that requires cities to submit lengthy reports on why their city is the best candidate.
David Killian, co-chair of the FGG Site Selection Committee, noted some factors that may have influenced voters in their choice: “The vote is the result of dozens of individual choices, but some points stood out for many voters. Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event. French LGBT sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting international multisport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents outstanding cultural events. They are already well advanced in planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports manager. They arrived with demonstrable political support, including Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team. And of course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit.”
The Gay Games in Paris will be held in 2018, so mark your calendars!