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PHOTOS: Gay Games day 1

Athletes from around the world joined together

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The Opening Ceremony to the International Gay Games was held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

The International Gay Games began on Saturday in Cleveland with several events culminating in the Opening Ceremony.

In the morning, a memorial quilt panel was unfurled as speakers remembered the early days of the Games and those who contributed to its founding. Following remarks and a musical performance, athletes kicked off the games with the Memorial International Rainbow Run.

In the early afternoon, Olympic legend Greg Louganis gave a talk at the City Club with Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard.

Later in the day, athletes from around the world gathered in their teams and marched together in the Opening Ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Opening Ceremony featured performances by Lance Bass, Alex Newell of “Glee,” Andrea McArdle of “Annie” fame, and the Pointer Sisters. President Barack Obama gave a video address welcoming athletes to the games.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the second day of the Games.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)  

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PHOTOS: Delmarva Pride Festival

Inaugural LGBTQ celebration held in downtown Easton, Md.

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2022 Delmarva Pride Festival (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The inaugural Delmarva Pride Festival was held in downtown Easton, Md. on Saturday, June 18.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key and Jaime Thompson)

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PHOTOS: Pride Gala

Secretary Buttigieg speaks at annual Equality PAC event

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Elected officials and candidates join U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the Equality PAC Pride Gala on Thursday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Equality PAC, the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, held its annual Pride Gala on Thursday, June 16 at the Hotel Washington. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg gave the keynote address.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Night Out at the Nationals

Honorees included Assistant Secretary for Health Levine

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Night Out at the Nationals on Tuesday, June 14. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

Over 4,000 members of the LGBTQ community and their allies attended the 17th annual Night Out at the Nationals 2022 on June 14th. The Atlanta Braves completed a 10 game winning streak by defeating the Washington Nationals 10-4. Honorees at the event included Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Dr. Rachel Levine, owner of Dacha Beer Garden Dmitri Chekaldin, Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan. Local baseball star Paloma Benach threw out the first pitch. Also in attendance was gay MLB umpire Dale Scott.

(Washington Blade photos by Kevin Majoros)

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