FAQ

Questions about the co-hosting announcement? Please check here

Gay Games is a 9-day international world-class diversity festival with multi-sports, arts & culture events and opening & closing ceremonies organised by the LGBTQ+ Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +) every four years; everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or background. You can read more here about the history of the Gay Games. It will happen from 3 to 11 November 2023 in Hong Kong.

No, everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or background. The minimum age to participate is 18yo. The spirit of equality is enshrined in the Games’ principle of inclusion: Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best.

Pre-Registrants will get a discount of 200 HKD off the general participation fee with Early Bird discount when applicable.

General participant fee is 1500 HKD with Early Bird discount for 1st release at 1050 HKD, 2nd release at 1200 HKD and 3rd release at 1350 HKD. The registration fee will include:

* GGHK2023 Welcome goodie bag
* Official GGHK2023 Participant’s guidebook
* A pre-charged Hong Kong Public Transportation Octopus card, valid for MTR, Tram, Bus & Minibus
* A GGHK2023 Participation Medal
* Access to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
* Free daily pass to the GGHK2023 Village

The only additional cost will be for each sport or arts and cultural event you wish to participate in, these costs are detailed here.

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and GGHK recognise that many sporting competitions are still organised in traditional binary male and female gender categories. In its goal to be inclusive of all genders, the FGG and GGHK clearly see how that traditional binary competition structure can be an obstacle for inclusivity of all.

In line with our principles and values “Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™,” FGG and GGHK have developed Gender Inclusion Policy, which aims at optimal inclusion of all genders, whilst safeguarding safe and fair playing ground for all, across all of our sports and cultural events. Please refer to our Gender Inclusion Policy.

We are thrilled to hear that you want to join our volunteer team. You can check out our Volunteer Page, which consists of all of our latest vacancies, and apply to the one that matches your background and interests. If you could not find any roles that meet your expectation, you can fill in our Online Volunteer Application Form first and share with us your areas of interests. Our recruiters will reach out to you once we find the role that meets your expectations. Sign up and join our amazing team.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department offers visa-free stays from 14-90 days for many Countries; however, please visit the Immigration Department website to check if your Country qualifies for the visa-free stay.

We are excited to have partnered with MARRIOTT BONVOY, one of our Platinum Sponsors; we will share more information later this year on hotel accommodation options. If you have any questions, then please contact our Customer Experience Team

There will be 22 sports events – including for the first time Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, Mah Jong and Trail Running. Please refer to the sports section of our website for more detailed information. 

The Arts & Culture Festival of GGHK will deliver a comprehensive exhibition of LGBTQ+ affirmative creativity ever presented in Asia. The program will include six nights of performances, including exhibition dance, choir, performing arts, three visual arts presentations, opening parties, historic exhibition, and cultural activities.  More information on our website.

Our sports team is working hard on finalising the event and venue schedules to secure the best possible event space for each sport. Confirmed venues so far include Hong Kong Rugby Union for Rugby Sevens, Victoria Recreation Club at Hong Kong’s Deep Water Bay for Open Water Swimming, and Diversity Games for Fencing, Badminton and Table Tennis. More venue and event partners will be announced in the months to come. 

First, everyone has to register as individual; this can be done on our website; pre-registration is now open. When participant registration opens later this year, you will then be able to build your teams. If you are coming to GGHK as an individual but would like to participate in a team sport, please let us know, and our sports coordinator will do their best to accommodate where possible. More information here.

Hong Kong’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Public violence is extremely rare. Firearms are strictly controlled. Late-night street harassment is very rare, and it is generally safe for any gender to walk alone late at night. 

Homosexuality is not a crime in Hong Kong and there is an estimated 481,000 LGBTQ+ people. Hong Kong has a small, lively and open LGBTQ+ scene. Annual LGBT+ events like Pink Dot, HK Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and HK Pride attract thousands of people. The HK Government sees the value of GGHK and has given its support through several organisations, find out which ones and how many!

Co-hosting solves many of the thorny challenges that the GGHK management committee was facing in 2021. For example, using private venues now becomes more economical because we have a smaller number of sports. This also frees up GGHK to re-imagine the event and make it even more relevant to the communities in HK, Asia and beyond, by introducing new games such as mahjong and so on.

We will have two self-contained events under the Gay Games umbrella, so in addition to sports there will be ceremonies, village performances, arts & culture events, and more. We have formed a joint organising committee to discuss all of this and more. Once we have more details finalised we will share with our volunteers, partners and the public.

There is zero chance that we will cancel Hong Kong Gay Games, unless it becomes physically impossible for visitors to enter in 2023. Our team remains optimistic and energised, in spite of the frustrating circumstances in Hong Kong right now that all of us are dealing with every day. In fact, co-hosting was first proposed by GGHK last year as a potential solution to HK’s border challenges, but deemed not feasible due to the tight timeline of November 2021. With the postponement to 2023, this possibility opened up.

Both GGHK and GGGDL will take place as planned on November 3-11, 2023.

With the expected relaxation of social distancing rules beginning 21 April 2022, GGHK will organize a series of promotional events starting June 2022 in Hong Kong and around the world, including pop-ups at major European and Asian sports and community events. With events expected to welcome 2,000 participants per month on average over the months leading up to November 2023, as well as 7,000 participants and 25,000 visitors during November 2023, the Hong Kong-hosted Games are expected to bring 70,000 individuals together to celebrate this global experience. However, this is also highly dependent on a number of factors including Hong Kong’s border restrictions which is very variable day by day but remains optimistic to this global event.

We are excited to have partnered with MARRIOTT BONVOY, one of our Platinum Sponsors; we will share more information later this year on hotel accommodation options. If you have any questions, then please contact our Customer Experience Team.

There will be 22 sports events offered in GGHK – including for the first time Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, Mah Jong and Trail Running. Please refer to the sports section of our website for more detailed information.

GDL also offering a wide range of sports events and you can refer to this link (https://gaygames.org/Gay-Games-11) to learn more.

The Arts & Culture Festival of GGHK will deliver a comprehensive exhibition of LGBTQ+ affirmative creativity ever presented in Asia. The program will include six nights of performances, including exhibition dance, choir, performing arts, three visual arts presentations, opening parties, historic exhibition, and cultural activities. More information on our website.

Our sports team is working hard on finalising the event and venue schedules to secure the best possible event space for each sport. Confirmed venues so far include Hong Kong Rugby Union for Rugby Sevens, Victoria Recreation Club at Hong Kong’s Deep Water Bay for Open Water Swimming, and Diversity Games for Fencing, Badminton and Table Tennis. More venue and event partners will be announced in the months to come. You can find more information from the Sports webpage.

Yes, you can. If you have pre-registered in Hong Kong you are able to use the coupon code you received and register in GDL. We will honor the discount.

Pre-registration fee and administration fee are unfortunately unrefundable.

Yes! Gay Games Hong Kong is happy to over several avenues for those who require financial support.
1. Fee Waiver Program
2. Crowdfunding
The Fee Waiver Program in particular is applicable to anyone who is under 25 and will cover your registration fee as well as your sports fee. This means you only need to cover flights and accommodation. You can click here to find out more about the criteria of joining the Fee Waiver Program. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the program, please contact [email protected] for enquiry.
If you cannot meet the criteria of the Fee Waiver Program, then please consider getting financial assistance via Crowdfunding. You can find more information via this link (https://gaygames.org/event-4163056.) If you like to learn more about Crowdfunding, please reach out to [email protected].

If you register for GGHK, you will be given two options. You can register as a Participant or a Supporter. As a Participant, you will receive access to the Festival Village, Arts and Culture Events, your selected sport, and additional benefits such as discounts at restaurants, cafes, sports stores and more. You will also have preferential access to these venues and organized transportation. As a Supporter, you are registering for the above accesses and benefits, without a chosen sport. If you are visiting Hong Kong to support a fellow participant, it is recommended that you choose ‘supporter’ as this will enable you to follow and enjoy all the benefits as Participant. If you have lost your coupon code, please contact [email protected] and we will do our best to provide you with a new coupon code.

First, everyone has to register as an individual; this can be done on our website. Please click here for registration. You will then be able to build your team by inviting the team members to join as per the registration process. If you are coming to GGHK as an individual but would like to participate in a team sport, please let us know, and our sports coordinator will do their best to accommodate where possible. More information here.

Yes, if you have already registered, you can go to this link to see your registration details in our sports registration platform

Please feel free to contact [email protected] using the same e-mail address as your registered account and request a resend of your coupon code – we’re happy to assist.

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