Parade festive and colorful, show and party: the 10th edition of the Gay Games, the world’s diversity, was launched Saturday in Paris, opening a week of sports competitions and cultural events or activists.
More than 10,000 participants from 90 countries, including some where homosexuality is illegal or repressed, must participate in this sports event activist aimed to fight against stereotypes and discrimination and hatred towards people who are LGBT+.
This is the first time that the Gay Games, created in 1982 in San Francisco, are organized in the French capital. This 10th edition has been launched in this hot night in paris by an opening ceremony at the stade Jean-Bouin, in the presence of the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, minister of Sports Laura Flessel and the fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, have found journalists from AFP.
36 sports disciplines
It was followed by a parade of athletes, some of whom were disguised and made-up, or waving balloons and ribbons arc-en-ciel. The evening would continue with a sound and light show in the stadium, and then at the Grand Palais, transformed into a disco giant.
Competitions in 36 sports disciplines (swimming, athletics, group sports…) will be held all week in the 67 sites located in the Ile-de-France, and at Havre for sailing events.
The opening of the event, organized six years before the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, was welcomed by the government spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux.
“36 in sports, in 90 countries and 10,000 participants and an idea: to always do more in the fight against homophobia and for equality. Good competitions !”, he tweeted Saturday.
The sports village was inaugurated on Saturday morning on the forecourt of the Hotel de ville, which took place at the International Memorial Rainbow Run, a race dedicated to victims of aids, breast cancer and discrimination.
Each competition will be contested by groups of level, but all athletes will receive a medal. “We want to promote the overcoming of oneself rather than victory at any price”, explained Pascale Reinteau, co-chair of the event.
Throughout the week, entertainment, civic, sports and cultural, open to everyone will be organised on the forecourt of the town hall, a showcase of this event with a budget of 4 million euros. It is also where will be held the closing ceremony on 11 August, which will be followed by an evening at the Docks of Paris.
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