In The South

World OutGames Miami receives support from City of Miami Beach

Gary Hart July 24, 2016

Major sponsorship deal allows sports, culture and human rights to come together during 10-day event in 2017.


Momentum builds for World OutGames Miami 2017 with the announcement of a major commitment from the City of Miami Beach. During a recent City of Miami Beach Commission meeting, the City Commission voted unanimously to support World OutGames Miami, which will be held Friday, May 26 through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

“It is great for us to have the support of the City of Miami Beach, which fosters so many great programs that improve the quality of life for its residents and attracts visitors around the world,” said Ivan Cano, chief executive officer of World OutGames Miami. “We deeply thank Mayor Philip Levine and fellow Commissioners, City Manager Jimmy Morales and staff for their vision to recognize how the World OutGames will inspire, motivate and unify thousands of people.”

Following the recommendation of a Letter to Commission submitted by the Miami Beach LGBT Advisory Committee, the Commission unanimously approved support for World OutGames Miami including fee waivers associated with various facilities required to host the cultural, sporting and human rights events, as well as other in-kind support and operating dollars.

Miami Beach City Commissioner Ricky Arriola, said: “The World OutGames are a great opportunity to showcase Miami Beach’s promotion of a healthy and athletic lifestyle and inclusive community.”

The 10-day event will bring to life 34 sports and more than 450 events across the areas of Sport, Culture and Human Rights.

Every four years, World OutGames brings together LGBT athletes, many from countries where homosexuality remains illegal and hidden. In the spirit of true inclusiveness, World OutGames is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation.

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Athletes who register before September 1, 2016 can save $100 USD. The comprehensive registration package includes admission to Opening and Closing Ceremonies, access to OPEN sports and culture events, access to Festival Village and much more.

World OutGames is a multi-sport and cultural event that is licensed by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA). Every four years, World OutGames brings together athletes from all over the world in unprecedented numbers for a celebration of sport, culture and human rights, many from countries where homosexuality remains illegal and hidden.

Previously hosted in Montreal, Copenhagen and Antwerp, World OutGames is open to all who wish to participate, without regard to sexual orientation. There are no qualifying standards, although competitions are arranged according to the skill levels of the competitors.

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