The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA International) and the Federation of Gay Games have voted for one quadrennial event.
After meeting in Manchester to discuss the future of worldwide LGBT sport, culture and human rights events, it was decided to create one joint event, which is scheduled to take place in 2018.
GLISA International announced in a media release that “preserving the legacy, accomplishments and honouring the past will be key aspects, while evolving to reflect the continual world societal changes”.
More discussions and collaborations are in the pipeline. It’s expected that a joint taskforce will form to plan the event.
“We have heard the calls for a single quadrennial event and sought to achieve this goal to better serve our mission of promoting equality,” Federation of Gay Gays co-president Kurt Dahl said.
“We look forward to the first step in this new chapter, with the presence of GLISA at Gay Games VIII, which has received the enthusiastic support from our host organisation, Games Cologne.”
Team Sydney president Geoffrey Radford said that the change is a positive one and something they’ve been looking forward to.
“We’re thrilled to bits,” Radford said.
“Negotiations are still under way and there’s a lot to be done but the most important thing is that the dialogue is going on. People will now have one international event every four years to work and fund for.”

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