Hong Kong Awarded 2022 Gay Games [VIDEO]

The Washington Blade reports:

The Federation of Gay Games on Monday announced it has selected Hong Kong over D.C. and Guadalajara, Mexico, to host the 2022 Gay Games, the quadrennial international LGBT sports event that’s expected to attract as many as 15,000 athletes and thousands more spectators to the host city.

The announcement came at a news conference in Paris during the Annual General Assembly of the Federation of Gay Games, the U.S. based group that organizes the Gay Games and selects the host city.

The news conference announcing the selection of the host city for the 2022 Gay Games was held immediately prior to a gala dinner hosted by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, whose city will be hosting the 2018 Gay Games.

The 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland was the most financially successful to date, generating an estimated $52 million for the local economy and a small profit for organizers. The story linked above notes that DC may have lost their bid because of Trump. Below is Hong Kong’s bid trailer.

  • Tawreos

    Now if they would just let us call them the Gay Olympics and stop this foolishness

    • Rex

      Silly, I hold the Gay Olympics in my bedroom every 4 years.

  • bkmn

    I support this but I would like to suggest they offer clothing-optional competitions

    • Tawreos

      That is an idea I could get behind.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      As it was at the original “games” AKA the fucking Olympics.

    • Snarkaholic

      We’re almost there…is that a swimsuit or an eye patch?:http://i1.ezinemark.com/imagemanager2/files/30009509/2012/08/tomdaleybody.jpg

      • Todd20036

        Given that in recent Olympics, the swim suit was replaced with a whole body suit, which pretty much negated the only reason to watch it

        • ChrisMorley

          Tom (Daley) knows his fans and divers like him stick with trusty speedos.

      • Tawreos

        He could wear that as formal wear and I would not complain.

      • greenmanTN

        It’s not an eye-patch but it can poke out yer eye!

      • BobSF_94117

        I’m not sure which it is, but I think it just winked at me.

      • Danieruw

        I’m not sure. I need a closer look…

  • Boreal

    Why? Hong Kong does not have marriage equality and has limited rights for LGBT people.

    • Tawreos

      Cleveland didn’t have marriage equality in 2014 either and then Boom two years later, maybe good things will come to Hong Kong in 2024.

      • jruffdc

        Right…..

      • Boreal

        We’ll see. Among Asian nations only Taiwan has had any measurable civil rights progress.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      You make a valid point.

    • JoeMyGod

      One of the objectives of the Gay Games is to influence local LGBT rights where possible. Probably a moot issue with Paris but definitely not with Hong Kong.

      • Boreal

        I hope it works.

    • Tawreos

      I do agree though, that as more and more countries have marriage equality, that that needs to be a must have criteria for awarding the games.

      • Boreal

        Ironically I think one of the biggest obstacles to that is that Murican xtian missionaries have spread their hate throughout the world including Asia.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sorry to throw an O/T in, but I was bored….

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/925078982411935745

    • Todd20036

      In Trump’s wildest dreams is he that svelte.

      • greenmanTN

        And Sanders would be like “Is that what my knees look like?”

        • ohbear1957

          If she does well, she could earn a spin-off titled “Hooves in Heels.”

  • LiberalDeacon

    It was pretty well know that Hong Kong was the front-runner. Only Sydney has ever hosted a Gay Games in the east and Australia/New Zealand made it pretty vocal that awarding the games to the west again was a big mistake.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Gay Games… no Mr Spacey..you’re not welcome.

    • Tawreos

      Do many 14 year olds compete?

      • Snarkaholic

        If he attended, the American kids would win ALL of the sprinting events!

  • jruffdc

    Booooooh! Where will it be held next, Uganda?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Oh neat! I was supposed to compete in 2014 but had to have surgery just before the event. Now I am only just healed from multiple injuries and am in no shape for 2018 in Paris, so hopefully I will be race ready in 2022. That could be fun cycling around Hong Kong.

  • JoeMyGod

    Cleveland’s tourism agency brought me out for a press junket in advance of the 2014 games. If the relevant parties are reading this, I’m totally available for Paris and Hong Kong. 🙂

    • olandp

      You shameless whore:) Take me with you?

      • Todd20036

        Oh my. Fun with Asians….
        You’re all sluts!
        *hugs*

    • Rex

      And I’m available if you need a travel companion.

      • Miji

        I’m sure that in the in the interest of travel and experiencing local customs, he’ll find some local companionship. You know as they say “when in Rome, do the Romans”.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Hell, I’ll lift Joe’s luggage!

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Hahahaha, but of course. 🙂

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Need a luggage-lifter Joe? 🙂

      • Tatonka

        Is that what they’re calling it now?

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Call it whatever you want. Just take me to Hong Kong!

    • BockMcMillan

      I give great massages, Joe, shoulders, back, feet, Swedish, Finnish, French – you will regret if you don’t bring me along. Just saying…

    • Robincho

      I worked hand-in-glove with Tom Waddell on the first games in ’82 (when they were the Gay Olympic Games) here at Kezar Stadium in SF. We lost Tom not too long thereafter, but I think he would be pleased by this Quadrennial. Plus Hong Kong is awesome and I’d love to see you there… 😉

    • Kenny Kwok

      As part of the Hong Kong bid team, WELCOME!

      • Danieruw

        Congratulations Kenny! I was in Hong Kong many years ago and found it a magical city. And this is the first time in Asia for the games.

        Could this be an impetus for greater rights/protections for the LGBT community in Hong Kong and PR China?

  • olandp

    That is the way to do a gilt room, are you paying attention the Dotard?

  • another_steve

    Not very accessible to the average queer, Hong Kong.

    • LiberalDeacon

      Think about the average queer that lives in Sydney or New Zealand. DC and Paris aren’t that accessible to them.

      • another_steve

        Sydney hosted Gay Games in 2002. My husband and I attended that. Quite the schlep from Maryland USA where we live. And very expensive.

        I don’t know what lodging, food, etc. will be like in Hong Kong – but I’m thinking… very expensive.

        • LiberalDeacon

          Yes and Sydney is the ONLY eastern hemisphere city to ever host the games. Australia and New Zealand contingencies were very vocal that awarding another Games to the West was a bad idea. It was know among us who were trying to fundraise early on.

    • BobSF_94117

      Statistically, the average queer (hate that word) is Chinese…

      • another_steve

        Interesting point.

        Statistically, valid.

  • safari

    What were the games in FL that got strangely unfunded?

  • another_steve

    “There are restrictions on freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. 200,000 migrant workers cannot make complaints against their employers since they face deportation if dismissed from their jobs. A 2008 law against racial discrimination does not cover mainlanders, immigrants or migrant workers.

    The police have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics toward protesters in public rallies, and there is controversy regarding the extensive powers of the police. Covert surveillance is another major concern.

    Hong Kong has a higher age-of-consent and harsher punishments for illegal homosexual acts.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong#Human_rights

    • BobSF_94117

      Many of the things wrong with HK that you cite are the result of increasing control from Beijing. Giving the Games to HK is a big push against Beijing and for HK freedom.

      • another_steve

        Good point, Bob.

        Bringing light to encroaching darkness is always a good thing.

  • Tangentially relevant–
    https://twitter.com/jonsteingart/status/925049703141728257

    The judge used Donald’s own tweets against him, to establish he had no motive but animus for his sudden and unilateral trans ban.

    • bkmn

      And yet he persists with the tweeting. I am so glad I am not one of his lawyers.

      • It was noted yesterday that after his usual morning rage-tweets about the Russia investigation, Trump’s lead attorney, that mustachioed Ty Cobb guy released his own statement lamely claiming none of Donald’s tweets were about the special prosecutor investigation and they were continuing to cooperate.

        Donald didn’t tweet again for many hours.

        I’m guessing he had a little talking to, about obstruction and self-incrimination and how it’s really not a good idea to voluntarily provide evidence of doing either one.

        • Danieruw

          He’ll be back on the twitter for his weekly Friday afternoon meltdown.

    • Todd20036

      This is Trump’s saving grace. He’s too stupid to keep his mouth shut. Nixon would have bitch slapped him over this.

      • That’s why I personally do not doubt that when Trump was on TV telling Lester Holt he fired Comey with “the Russia thing” in mind, only the terminally stupid in his administration or inner circle failed to realize he’d probably ended his presidency. And it would only be a matter of time before the charges would be brought.

        However, that said, Trump has gotten away with many, many crimes already. Remains to be seen if America’s justice system and Constitution can withstand a president who does want to be its fascist dictator.

    • Halou

      Whoever wrote that for him is a fantastic jerk.
      Making it just long enough that it had to take several tweets to finish, but still not short enough that any of the intended message was included in the first tweet. Military chiefs inside the US were sweating for more than 9 minutes fearing that Trump was about to order an armed strike against North Korea over twitter!

      • I think it was done that way on purpose. He’ll gladly use terrorism tactics and likely thought “hee hee, they’ll think I’m about to launch a nuclear war…they’ll settle right down once they realize I’m just gonna kick out the trans freaks.”

        As usual, didn’t work.

        • -M-

          Could be. The being mean area seems to be the only part of his brain that still works. Shows the benefit of practice.

    • BearEyes

      May all of Donnie Two-Scoops’ tweets incriminate him.

  • bkmn

    O/T – interesting read from Nancy Latourneau on Papadopolous. He first lied to investigators on Jan. 27th, the day Comey was fired.

    https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/10/30/mueller-has-an-informant-from-inside-the-trump-campaign/#.Wfd-DSBWCiI.twitter

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Hong Kong is a fascinating city. If I’m not too decrepit by 2022, it would be worth a visit.

    • My sister and I went to Beijing back in 2007. Shanghai and Hong Kong are still on my list of places I want to visit.

  • Lars Littlefield

    In addition to all the fabulous news today, I just want to remind everyone that today is National Candy Corn Day!

    Also, this is me signing off for a couple of days. We’re headed off to Buckhorn Wash in the San Rafael Swell. It’s sort of a tradition. In 1985 it began as a celebration rave to remember and honor all those we knew and loved who had died of AIDS. Now we still gather to celebrate friends and loved ones, old and new, who are still hanging on. Hallucinogens and much alcohol is involved.

    Giant Fremont Poplars are spectacular this year at the peak of their pumpkin gold color. Weather is stunning. Clear skies. Low temps of 61 F. Many stars. No visible moon because Buckhorn Wash is a very narrow red rock canyon with 2,500+ high canyon walls.

    Luiz and I will be arriving with a truck load of pumpkins for the traditional carving contest and an official San Juan County marriage license in hand. Our good friend John Knakai Red Door, who is a gay Navajo shaman, will preside over our official ‘Ahé’éské (marriage).

    Happy Halloween everyone. Remember: Take nothing but foot prints, leave nothing but photos.

  • Henry Auvil

    Did Hong Kong win it because of the dildo-shaped highrise? Maybe. Lots of people are saying.

    • Sálmur

      All the people in your head?

  • James

    So, I’m confused about the fact that three places where there are high levels of both social and official homophobia — DC, Guadalajara and HK — were in the running to host the Gay Games. Were no other cities interesting in hosting?

  • SDG

    HK? Not a great idea, IMHO. Support cities that support us!

  • jonfromcalifornia

    Hongkong may have decriminialized homosexuality a while back but it is not really LGBT friendly (thanks to China). Taiwan is. I wonder if Taiwan was in the running. Just curious.

  • jonfromcalifornia

    Hongkong may have decriminialized homosexuality a while back but it is not really LGBT friendly (thanks to China). Taiwan is. I wonder if Taiwan was in the running. Just curious.

  • BeaverTales

    But the costs of great hotels, great dining/wine & cocktails and transportation in HK is ridiculous…hopefully the TV broadcasts will be good. Go USA/Canada!

  • BeaverTales

    But the costs of great hotels, great dining/wine & cocktails and transportation in HK is ridiculous…hopefully the TV broadcasts will be good. Go USA/Canada!