What are the Gay Games?
Gay Games is a 9-days international world-class diversity festival with multi-sports, arts & culture events, festival village and opening & closing ceremonies organised by the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, +) community, organised every 4 years. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender identity, ethnicity or ability and all events are open-entry. The goal of the Gay Games is to emancipate LGBTQ+ people around the world by educating people through sport, arts & culture events —in a spirit of better understanding. The Gay Games are organised by Gay Games Hong Kong under license of the the Federation of Gay Games. The spirit of equality is enshrined in the Games’ principle of inclusion: Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best.
Founded in San Francisco in 1982 by Dr. Tom Waddell, the Gay Games have become the world’s largest sporting and cultural event led by LGBTQ+ sport participants, artists, and musicians. The event was most recently hosted in 2018 in Paris (France) with 10,158 participants, 75,000 spectators from 89 countries and nearly 3,000 volunteers, competing in 36 sports.
The first Gay Games in Asia
Gay Games 11 Hong Kong will take place in November 2022, and we expect 12,00 participants and 75,000 spectators under the theme "Unity in Diversity". We have planned 36 sport events including Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, eSports and Trail Running and >11 arts & culture events including daily performances, Gala Concert, LGBTQ+ arts exhibition and memorial events.
Hong Kong is truly an iconic and world-class city. From the instantly recognisable urban landscape, to the harbour and mountains, unrivalled transport infrastructure, wide range of sport facilities, entertainment venues and huge accommodation capacity Hong Kong can cater for every requirement of the Gay Games’ events. The unquenchable drive and spirit of our city will provide a unique environment for the Games. We want to bring the Games to our city to showcase LGBTQ+ sporting and cultural organisations especially in Asia. The focus for the Hong Kong Games is on gender parity and younger demographic by including new and local sports and arts & culture events.
Gay Games Hong Kong is a Hong Kong registered tax-exempt charitable organisation and is lead by a team of passionate volunteers with experiences in organising sport, arts & culture and LGBTQ+ events.