The 11th edition of the Gay Games is underway.
Unusually, the 11th edition of the Gay Games is being simultaneously hosted by two cities - Hong Kong and Guadalajara.
What is the Gay Games?
The first major international multi-sport event for LGBTQ athletes was the Gay Olympics – the brainchild of Tom Waddell - held in San Francisco in 1982. Following legal action by the International Olympic Committee, subsequent events were known as the Gay Games.
The Gay Games have subsequently been held pretty much every four years, with cities bidding to host the event.
What sports are included in the 11th edition of the Gay Games?
Name a sport and there's a pretty good chance that it is included in the Gay Games - everything from badminton to rowing to wrestling.
For the 11th edition of the event, some sports are being held in both venues, whereas some sports are only featuring in one of the venues. For example, Mahjong is included in Hong Kong but not in Guadalajara - maybe that's not surprising.
Navigating the challenges
With Hong Kong grappling with a range of political challenges, and Mexico being hit by a number of extreme weather events, preparations for the Gay Games hasn't been particularly straightforward.
But, so far, everything seems to be running smoothly - events are being held, medals are being won, and LGBTQ sportspeople are setting personal bests.
Where have the Gay Games been held?
1982: San Francisco
1986: San Francisco
1994: New York
2023: Originally planned for 2022, the Gay Games are being held in Hong Kong with Guadalajara (Mexico) joining as co-host.
2026: The games will be held in Valencia.