In December 2016, the Gay Games — the world’s largest international LGBTQ sporting event — had eight cities vying to host the 2022 Gay Games. But today, the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) — the group that organizes the Games — has whittled that list down to three finalists: Washington, D.C.; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Hong Kong.
Our parent company is sponsoring Hong Kong’s bid for the Gay Games. Asia has never hosted the games, and the visibility of LGBTQ athletes could help change the region’s attitudes towards issues like coming out, same-sex marriage and social equality. Mexico would make a potentially interesting choice too, though, especially since Central and South America have never hosted the Games and Mexico is currently wrestling with the possibility of nationwide same-sex marriage.
Seeing as North America has hosted six out of nine previous Gay Games, Washington, D.C.’s chances also seem good, but we’ll have to wait and see. The FGG will now make evaluation visits to each of the three finalist cities and then announce a final pick in November.