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Two year countdown to Hong Kong Gay Games begins

Rachel Badham December 2, 2020

The two year countdown to Hong Kong’s Gay Games (GGHK) began on November 12, as it is due to be held in 2022 at the Hong Kong stadium. The 9 day long event will see 12,000 participants compete in 36 sports to over 75,000 spectators, with the aim of promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports and in society as a whole. 

Joanie Evans, the co-president of the Federation of Gay Games, said: “As the first ever Gay Games in Asia, Gay Games 11 Hong Kong will be a historic moment for the world and its LGBTQ+ communities. It shows that the Federation of Gay Games and the LGBTQ+ communities we support, are continuing to push boundaries, change perceptions and promote acceptance and inclusion.”

Ricky CHU Man-kin, chairperson of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission, added: “Becoming Asia’s first city to host Gay Games isn’t just a cause for pride and celebration for Hong Kong; it drives home the message that the LGBTQ+ community and indeed all in society deserve to be visible, represented and included in sports and other areas of life.” Lisa Lam has been appointed as co-chair of GGHK, saying: “When this opportunity came up, I thought if only one person can go to this event and feel empowered, and safe, that would be so powerful.”

Those participating or attending have been encouraged to fill out a survey, offering ideas of what will make the GGHK as fulfilling and safe as possible. A webinar (which you can register for here) about the impact of the GGHK with the young LGBTQ+ community will take place on Friday December 18 at 11am UK time. The GGHK team is also seeking international/virtual volunteers, more details of which can be found online.