Washington, D.C. is one of three finalist cities being considered to host the 2022 Gay Games. Each finalist city will make a final presentation to the FGG on Oct. 28 in Paris at the FGG Annual Meeting. The final decision will be made on Oct. 30 during a Paris press conference. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is leading the Gay Games DC delegation.
The D.C. delegation landed in a cool and foggy Paris early on Oct. 26. That evening delegates were accredited and participated in a bidders welcome reception with FGG officials as well as bidders and observers from the two other finalist cities, Hong Kong and Guadalajara.
There was a lot of excitement and tension (and Champagne) in the room as bidders and observers interacted with FGG voting members to try to determine which city had the upper hand. Of course, the FGG kept their cards close to their chests. There was a lot of city-to-city interaction too; most of which was friendly and polite. The finalist cities made brief remarks – in alphabetical order. Guadalajara was excited that a Latin American country made it to the final three. Hong Kong made general comments but did not address why bringing the Gay Games to Asia could be impactful. Brent Minor, DC Bid Chair, got choked up talking about taking the Gay Games movement to the next level and expanding its legacy with Gay Games DC 2022.
The D.C. delegation and its bid committee is intentionally diverse and stronger for it. D.C. received many favorable comments from the FGG about the number of women and minorities actively involved in the D.C. bid.
On Oct. 27, the D.C. delegation will rehearse its final presentation and later participate in an FGG sponsored Men’s and Women’s Night Out. The details are TBD but it’s Friday night in Paris y’all.
Marvin Bowser is a lifestyle blogger and Blade contributor. Follow him on Instagram @FirstBroDC.