Hong Kong is battling some pretty major players when it comes to hosting the so called Gay Olympics: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Tel Aviv and Cape Town are also in the game! While the host of 2014 games was Cleveland which opened its arms for more than 10,000 LGBT athletes, the host for 2018 Games will be Paris.
Leviathen Hendricks, a board member and the international development officer for the Federation of Gay Games, said: “There is certainly an argument, often conjecture about why a particular city has won the bid to host in the past, and some cities have made that argument before “the Gay Games needs to come here because we need to improve LGBT rights in that area” so that could be an element of someone’s decision to vote for a particular host, to make a real human rights change in that area.”
”Hosting the games in Hong Kong will make change because the guy in Starbucks or the taxi driver will have a completely different awareness of the LGBT people,” Dennis Philipse, founder of Out in HK, stated. “In its 40th anniversary, it is time to take the Gay Games back to its founding aims by planting a flag in fresh fields, where the promotion of its principles can have the greatest effect.”