D.C. is among 17 cities on three continents that have expressed an interest in bidding to become the host city for the 2022 Gay Games, the quadrennial international LGBT sports competition.
According to a statement released on April 19 by the Federation of Gay Games, organizations in D.C. and the other cities must embark on a rigorous and costly process of putting together and submitting a formal bid by Nov. 30, 2016.
Brent Minor, executive director of Team D.C., an association of 31 LGBT sports groups in the D.C. metropolitan area, said the association will be the bidding organization for hosting the 2022 Gay Games.
He said Team D.C. officials are confident that the knowledge and experience they gained in bidding on the 2014 Gay Games will enable them to put together a top-notch bid for the 2022 games.
D.C. lost the bidding competition to Cleveland for the 2014 Gay Games. But according to Minor, D.C. came in second place and its 300-plus page bid was considered by FGA officials to be highly professional and sufficient to make D.C. a successful host for the games.
At the time they selected Cleveland, FGA officials said D.C. and Boston, which along with Cleveland were finalists in the competition, could have successfully hosted the games. The officials said Cleveland was selected because the FGA believed holding the games there would better advance LGBT equality in a region of the U.S. that was less advanced in LGBT rights than the Boston and D.C. regions.
The other cities that expressed interest along with D.C. in bidding to host the 2022 games are Anaheim, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Cape Town, South Africa; Denver, Colo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Guadalajara, Mexico; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco; and Tel Aviv.
The next Gay Games is scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018.
The FGG’s announcement of the start of the bidding process for the 2022 games came just over a month after it announced it had withdrawn from longstanding negotiations with the Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) about a possible merger of the Gay Games and the GLISA sponsored Out Games.
FGG said in its announcement that it concluded a merged venture would be “high risk” and the “valuable financial and human resources” needed for such a venture couldn’t be justified at this time.