Official statement from GGHK on response to remarks by Mrs Carrie Lam (HK SAR Chief Executive) on 15th June 2021

The organisers of the 11th International Gay Games in Hong Kong welcome the remarks by the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, and we look forward to a collaborative and fruitful cooperation with the SAR government to achieve success for the Games in November 2022. As the first Games of its kind in Asia, this event will put Hong Kong on the map as a world-class city representing our values of Unity, Diversity and Inclusion. As the Games are only a year and a half away, we urgently ask the government to help us secure sports venues ahead of time, not subject to rules and regulations typically applied to one-off local events.

2022年第11屆香港同樂運動會(下稱:同樂運動會)歡迎行政長官林鄭月娥的回應,並期望與香港特區政府緊密和愉快合作,讓即將於2022年11月舉行的同樂運動會取得成功。作為亞洲首辦如此性質的大型體育盛事,這場活動將能發揮香港作為世界級城市的潛力,展現團結、多元和共融的核心理念。如今距離同樂運動會僅餘一年半的時間,我們促請政府協助我們及早預訂所需的體育場地,毋須受一般適用於單次本地活動的規則及規例所規限。

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About Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2023

Gay Games 11 Hong Kong will take place in 3-11 November 2023, the first event of its kind in Asia. Under the theme “Unity in Diversity” the Games will feature a wide variety of sporting events, opening closing ceremonies, festival village, and arts & culture events. Supporting organisations include the Equal Opportunities Commission, InvestHK, BrandHK and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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About the Federation of Gay Games (FGG)

The FGG mission is to promote equality and social change for LGBTQ+ people through its quadrennial sports and culture event, the Gay Games. Conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, the Gay Games  principles are “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™” and it was first held in San Francisco in 1982. It is now the world’s largest quadrennial LGBTQ+ sports and cultural event open to all, that is organised and led by LGBTQ+ artists and athletes. Gay Games have  been held in San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), and Cleveland+Akron (2014). The most recent Games,  in Paris (2018), involved over 10,000 participants from 91 countries, 3,000 volunteers, 36 sports, and 14 cultural events, and pumped 107.6 million Euros into the local economy. 

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