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Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho headline Gay Games 2006

Gays just wanna have fun. Pop star Cyndi Lauper returns to the Gay Games stage as part of closing ceremonies at Chicago’s Wrigley Field July 22.

"I feel like this is becoming sort of a tradition for me since I performed last time the Gay Games were in the states, in New York City in 1994," Lauper said. "I am thrilled to be a part of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago."

Lauper caps an all-star week that includes an opening ceremony performance by comedian Margaret Cho at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 15.

"How could I not participate in an event where 60,000 gay and lesbian-friendly people will fill an entire American football stadium? The irony alone is fantastic," Cho said. "Seriously, the Gay Games have become the pinnacle of athletic competition and international fellowship in the world’s LGBT community, and I wouldn’t miss being a part of the opening ceremony."

Other entertainers slated to appear include Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), former pro football players Esera Tuaolo and Dave Kopay, ex-Major League Baseball player Billy Bean, Olympian Greg Louganis, Broadway’s “Avenue Q,” comedians Suzanne Westenhoefer, Kate Clinton, Ant, Poppy Champlin and Mo’Nique, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, musicians Kristine W, Jason & DeMarco, Levi Kreis, Sharon McNight, Ari Gold, Barbara Higbie, Betty, Ubaka Hill, Nedra Johnson, Frankie Knuckles, Holly Near, Billy Porter, Heather Small, Teresa Trull, Kim Kuzma, Matt Alber and more.

So far, there are nearly 12,000 athletes registered to compete. If you’d like to compete, late registration closes on June 15.

Tickets to both ceremonies as well as the ticketed sports and cultural events are on sale now at tickets.gaygameschicago.org.