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Re-imagining (the) Olympics

Posted in FGG, Olympics by marcnaimark on 2014/08/31

blogreimaginingText by Marc Naimark for a presentation delivered by Leviathen Hendricks at Mansfield College, Oxford. Links follow the presentation. 


Re-Imagining (the) Olympics
Oxford – 2 Sept 2014

How the Gay Games re-imagine the Olympic Games

ABSTRACT

The Gay Games were born in relation to, and in opposition to, the Olympics. The Federation of Gay Games has maintained an attitude of emulation, opposition, and indifference to the Olympic Movement. Currently the intent of the FGG is to provide constructive engagement to encourage the International Olympic Committee to take on the issue of human rights in the Olympic Movement, and in particular, homophobia in sport. A focus for the FGG’s engagement is the host selection process, for which the FGG submitted a contribution focused on human rights as part of the IOC Agenda 2020 process.

The Gay Games were founded by an Olympian as an alternative to the Olympics that consciously emulated the structure of the Olympics while promoting a different mission for the Games: the Gay Games were to be games for all, where participation was more important than performance.

Our participation in the workshop is aimed at reviewing how the Gay Games have developed with the Olympics as a model and anti-model, and at how the Federation of Gay Games hopes to engage with the Olympic Movement to promote the values at the core of the Olympic Charter, with a focus on submissions from the FGG and other organizations to the Agenda 2020 process.

We will be represented by Leviathen Hendricks, a member of the organizing committee of Pride House London 2012 and the FGG External Affairs committee. (more…)

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Yagg.com / Au revoir Cleveland, bonjour Paris !

Posted in FGG, France, sport, web, Yagg by marcnaimark on 2014/08/22

yaggaurevoirFrom Yagg.com
http://yagg.com/2014/08/22/gay-games-au-revoir-cleveland-bonjour-paris-par-marc-naimark/


La neuvième édition des Gay Games c’est fini. Le pari osé de la Fédération des Gay Games (FGG) qui en 2009 a préféré la candidature de Cleveland à celles de Boston et Washington était-il gagnant?

Pour la Fédération, c’est un oui massif. Il y a eu bien entendu des hics, des choses n’allant pas comme on l’aurait voulu. Le nombre d’inscrit.e.s était en deçà des prévisions, manque à gagner financier compensé on peut le croire par le formidable travail de recrutement de sponsors commerciaux et associatifs réalisé par le comité d’organisation.

Les épreuves étaient en majorité bien gérées et les sportifs/ves ravi.e.s. Il y a eu des histoires passionnantes, comme cette grand-mère de 99 ans qui a établi un record du monde dans les 100m lors du meeting d’athlétisme. La visibilité des sportifs/ves trans’ n’a jamais été aussi forte, avec des médailles pour le dynamophile Kinnon McKinnon, le triathlète Chris Mosier, ou la cycliste Hana Pinard, parmi d’autres. (more…)