Olympian Dr. Tom Waddell founded the Gay Games in 1982 as an inclusive sporting event that allowed anyone to compete, regardless of their sexual orientation or ability.
Waddell represented the U.S. in decathlon at the 1968 Olympics, where he placed sixth. He is pictured here with his daughter Jessica, who he had with fellow LGBT activist Sara Lewinstein, and competing in the original Gay Games. Waddell died of AIDS in 1987.
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.