Canadian crooner kd lang will be performing exclusively for Sydney 2002 Gay Games audiences. Director of ceremonies, Ignatius Jones, said he was thrilled to announce that lang would delight her fans by appearing at both the opening ceremony and Welcome party, and predicted that there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house.

The chanteuse herself is reportedly enthusiastic about performing at one of the world’s biggest gay and lesbian events.

I’ve waited a long time to participate in the Gay Games and I’m happy that the 2002 Games will be in Sydney, because Australia is such a great country and I don’t have the opportunity to visit nearly as much as I’d like, lang said in a statement released by Games officials.

I’m very excited about coming to perform there in front of such an international audience.

Signing one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music to appear is quite a coup for Ignatius Jones as the director of ceremonies.

I’m really overjoyed that kd has agreed to join our celebration, and I’m sure that her wonderful voice and the choice of material will more than pay tribute to those in the gay and lesbian community we have lost to HIV/AIDS, Jones said.

What’s wonderful about kd is that she’s loved by lesbians, gay men, and straights alike -“ she’s the perfect choice for what is going to be one fabulous night!

Famous for her hits, Constant Craving and Crying, kd lang is just one of a number of international and Australian artists scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony. More announcements will be coming very soon.

To be opened by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC, Governor of NSW, the ceremony will also feature thousands of volunteer performers and the Games’ 13,000 registered participants.

Although Gay Games officials would neither confirm nor deny the rumours, other hot tips for ceremony performers include Jimmy Somerville, Kylie Minogue, Paul Capsis and Shauna Jensen.

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