June 27, 2017 at 11:20 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Gay Games bid rally set for Wednesday
Gay Games, gay news, Washington Blade

Mayor Muriel Bowser is slated to participate in a Gay Games Bid Rally on Wednesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Mayor Muriel Bowser, nearly all members of the City Council, and other public officials from D.C., Maryland and Virginia are expected to join LGBT sports activists on Wednesday, June 28, for a rally to showcase D.C.’s bid to host the 2022 Gay Games.

The Bid Rally, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall, is to be held on the second day of a five-day visit by the Federation of Gay Games’ Site Inspection Team. The team was scheduled to visit more than two-dozen sites in D.C., Maryland and Virginia where a wide range of competitive sporting events would take place if D.C. were to win its bid to host the Games.

D.C. is one of three finalist cities selected by the FGG in the final round of its selection process to pick a host city for the quadrennial LGBT athletics competition that is expected to bring 12,000 to 15,000 athletes to the host city and 10,000 or more spectators. The other finalists are Hong Kong and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Brent Minor, chair of the Washington, D.C. Gay Games XI Bid Committee, said he was hopeful that a large turnout for Wednesday’s Bid Rally would demonstrate to the FGG Site Inspection Team the strong support and enthusiasm in the D.C. area for putting on a highly successful 2022 Gay Games.

Among those scheduled to speak at the rally in favor of D.C.’s bid for the Gay Games were famed women’s soccer goaltender Briana Scurry, who’s a lesbian; and former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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