With the Olympics underway in London, Orlando is sprinting, and doing quite well, in a different kind of race. As we told you this past March, Orlando submitted a bid to host the 2018 Gay Games and this week received word that the Federation of Gay Games chose them as one of seven cities in the running to host the 10th Edition of the event. Check out the full story for more information.
The International Federation of Gay Games (FGG) has announced Orlando as the only U.S. city to clear the first round of site selection for the tenth edition of the Gay Games. Orlando is one of seven cities to be formally considered for hosting the games. According to the FGG the other six cities are from the European and South American continent and include: Amsterdam, Limerick, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Converge Orlando, Inc., the official LGBT Convention and Visitors Bureau of Orlando, has been working for months to bring the games to the Central Florida in an effort to help the local economy and bring a change in equality rights to the state.
“Florida still lags most of the country on gay and lesbian rights. Orlando and Orange County officials are making huge progress towards equal rights in spite of many state and federal obstacles,” says Mikael Frank Audebert, Executive Director of Converge.
With London and Rio both hosting Olympic events, some suggest that they're the underdogs for the Gay Games.
With that said, winning the race for the games would be a huge boost in helping to raise awareness and acceptance in the local Orlando LGBT community and the State of Florida. This year the widely popular "Gay Day" at Walt Disney World was protested by a Florida Family Association flying two planes with banners over the city "warning" unsuspecting families of the pride event in the park.
Hopefully Orlando will win their bid and fly a plane over the city with a banner reading "The gays are coming! Thousands of them! From all over the world!"