What's your view on Gay Games/ Out Games and the like? and would you ever consider participating?

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    Jul 30, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    What is the purpose of these 'gay olympics'? I'm quite unresolved as to my view on this.
    on one hand you might find 'gay olympics' pathetic, cos it will undoubtedly be viewed by some people as another form of special olympics, and label homosexuals as disabled or just ridiculous.

    on the other hand, maybe it's just another excuse for gay people to meet, have fun and hook up. I have at some point considered going, if judo was part of the games, but it wasn't the case, so no...

    I've yet to participate in a pride parade or gay games of any kind, cos I lean more towards the view that they ridicule gay people more than produce tolerance. To me it comes off as exhibitionism more than pride, or are they really the same?...

    My home town Copenhagen is hosting the world Outgames next year and I really doubt I'll be part of it.
  • berimbolo

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    Jul 30, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    Dude, the competition at the Gay and Out Games is frickin' stiff. I think it's just another way for gays to get together and have fun--whether you engage in the parties after is your choice, but the focus is on sport, and not the party (though some people focus on the party). Think of it as an alternative to a circuit party.

    I share your sentiments about the Pride movement though, and do feel torn about it. I did go to my city's Pride parade though--because it was fun.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 30, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    I don't see why you're making it out to be anything other than a competition where world-class athletes can showcase their talents in an atmosphere that's accepting to all. I know some straight athletes participate in the gay games, too; it's just an LGBT-friendly environment. If you think you might want to participate in judo, write them a letter and ask them to add it to the list of events! You never know!

    Gay pride is more of a spectacle than anything else, but being able to do that is fun. The gay games are about athleticism and teamwork, and what could be more fun than that?
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    Aug 03, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    alright, so from my perspective: if I were to participate in the Gay Games I think my primary motivation would be to to meet other gay athletes and have fun, of course I'd want to win too...
    But I bet, if there really are any world class athletes at the gay games, it's only because they have an opening in their schedule, and then join just for fun. The gay games wouldn't get them any points, ranking or qualify an athlete for anything, so...

    I know if something's fun that's probably reason enough to do it.
    But I still find it a bit funny how sports games are based on competitors' sexuality. "hey we like to have sex with our own gender, so let's make our own olympics"

    I know that's simplifying, but I just think that's how people see it, as a curiousity. yet another way to celebrate our gayness.

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    Aug 18, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    Judoguy, I am sorry to hear you feel that way, and though I too have mixed feelings about Gay Pride events, I completely support Gay Games and Outgames, competed in BOTH and probably will do so again.
    I run a Gay Volleyball Club in Los Angeles and the whole reason we exist is described in our mission statement : "Volleyball Organization In Los Angeles

    An all volunteer run club dedicated to providing an accepting, competitive, fun environment for Gay Volleyball athletes in LA. We offer open gym play for novice to advanced players on three nights a week, all year long to the community, along with tournaments, and social events."

    As in our organization, Gay Games and Outgames, it is about providing a safe, accepting place for otherwise oppressed minorities to compete in world class sports.
    Yes, we socialize but that is 2nd to the competition itself.
    It is NOT "disabled or just ridiculous"

    When I came out of the tunnel and onto the field in Chicago for the 1st time with 3,000 Gay athletes and saw and heard the huge crowd cheering for US, it was so awesome, so empowering, that words can't describe it. That was repeated in Montreal at OutGames.

    DUDE, you are missing out by NOT participating... this is a life changing experience.

    Others that were there, weigh in please.

    ==== Ron
  • Tiran

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    Aug 26, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    And it is some pretty serious competition. World records have been set at the Gay Games. Admittedly not recently that I have heard, but it has happened.