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.
(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)