Gay sports are growing up. Twenty-five years ago, a small group of LGBT sports lovers, led by former Olympian Dr. Tom Waddell—pictured leading the pack in the original event poster above—created the first Gay Games and Cultural Festival
, originally known as the Gay Olympics.
With seven quadrennial events under its belt, tens of thousands of volunteer hours invested, and, of course, more than a soupcon of drama along the way, the event has grown into a hugely popular international sports and cultural event with excellent competition, celebrity guest entertainers, politicians flashing their smiles, and more than 12,000 competitors from countries all over the world. It's a whole lot of fun.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Gay Games, the Federation of Gay Games
has planned a special weekend of events on October 27 and 28, 2007 in San Francisco, the host city of Gay Games I and II in 1982 and 1986.
And to honor their historic celebration, RealJock.com is proud to showcase a slideshow of some of the historic (and some just decidedly fun) photos from the big Gay Games photo archive managed by Doug Litwin, marketing officer for the Gay Games. A special thanks to Mr. Litwin for his hours of help digging through the photo archives.
So relive our gay sports history by checking out the 25 slides of photos from Gay Games I to VII. Plus, if you're going to be in the Bay Area next weekend, come celebrate the Games's silver anniversary—you're cordially invited, of course.
Gay Games 25th Anniversary Event Links
- Federation of Gay Games 25th Anniversary Official Web Site—Overview, meeting and celebration info
- Gay Games 25th Anniversary Dinner—Join the celebration! Attend the official dinner Saturday, October 27, 2007
- Gay Games 25th Anniversary Community Day—An afternoon of fun and education, Sunday, October 28, 2007
- "The Games that Change the World: 25 Years of the Gay Games"—Tour an exhibition of historic materials at the San Francisco Public Library, October 20 through December 20, 2007.