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Cleveland to host Gay Games IX

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ClevelandOn Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Federation of Gay Games named Cleveland as the host of the 2014 Gay Games, choosing Cleveland Synergy Foundation over bidding organizations from Boston and Washington, D.C. Cleveland and the FGG are expected to sign a final license agreement by the end of the year.

Stories of the decision can be found from Bay Windows, Chicago Pride, Windy City Times, Crain’s Cleveland Business and EDGE.

EDGE, which has news portals in both Boston and Washington, D.C., also published an opinion piece saying the Cleveland was the choice:

The entire city got behind the effort. The city even passed a domestic-partner ordinance, in part to attract events like this. The city has been promoting itself as a bastion of diversity. As a native Buckeye, I know that Ohio has not always had that reputation, so this effort should be applauded–and rewarded.

Both Boston and D.C. would have been honored to host the games. But Cleveland is downright thrilled. As Mayor Frank Jackson said, “You couldn’t buy the kind of international public relations we gained there. Every time someone does business in the city of Cleveland, they always leave with a great impression.”

In other words, the city looks at this as a vital tool in its re-invention. A (straight) city councilmember is reported to be tearful in his joy as he told the Plain Dealer that the city won the bid. “It’s so emotional here,” he said.


Written by lgbtsportsfuture

30/09/2009 at 08:05

Posted in LGBT Sports

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