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 December 2004
"Pride and Spirit"
The Official Newsletter of the Gay Games® VII Host Committee
SAVE $50 NOW! | Partner Up! | Housing Registration Opens | Rudy Galindo | Thanks Cologne! 
Pre-Pay | Squash Added | Badminton | Chicago Holiday Party
Volunteer | Gay Games To Be Televised | Sponsors | Contribute! | Lets Shop!
10, 9, 8, 7… The Countdown Is On!
Early Registration Closes New Year’s Eve!

Every year the world celebrates the close of one year and the dawn of another. This year, the countdown takes on new meaning. If you act before midnight, 31 December, you will save US$50 on your Gay Games VII Registration.

Registration for the Gay Games is easy. Complete our online registration form, make your payment, and you’re registered. Your fee is in two parts – the base registration fee is just $125 now, but it goes up to $175 on January. Your sport/culture participation fee varies and will not change January 1.

What do you get when you register for the Gay Games?:
• Participate in your choice of sport or cultural event
• Opening Ceremony ticket – prime seats!
• Closing Ceremony ticket – prime seats!
FREE Week-long Transit Pass
• Gay Games VII Participation Medal
FREE Spectator pass to most sports
FIRST CHANCE at special event tickets
• Program Guide
• Souvenir Bag
• Collectible Participant ID/Accreditation
• Discounts from Area Merchants
• FREE Gifts from our great sponsors
• Special Online Gifts until 2006
• Plus, of course, the chance to be part of the legacy of the Gay Games.

Do one more great thing in 2004.

Register for the Gay Games today.

P.S. If you’re like us, you may not be sure which of the 30 sports is best for you in 2006. We understand. Register for the sport in which you are most likely to compete and if you change your mind, let us know next year and we’ll modify your registration record. Or take advantage of our prepay option – reserve a spot in the Gay Games at the early bird rate and give us more details later. Either way – you can save $50, but only if you act now. To register now, visit our website at

Pre-Pay for the Gay Games
Save $50 For Everyone On Your Team

Beginning Wednesday 15 December, Gay Games VII offers Pre-Pay functionality on our registration website. This new feature allows anyone (sponsors, clubs or teams) to pay the registration fee for a team or for individuals. This is great for those wishing to pay for an entire team at one time or organizations choosing to sponsor several different participants to save 30% with the early registration discount.

Each player's personal information isn’t necessary at the time of Pre-Pay. Simply provide us with the number of spots you are pre-paying and a credit card – we give you a confirmation code good for the number of spots you’ve purchased.

For more information visit or call 773-907-2006 to Pre-Pay now.
New Sport - Squash!

Chicago and the Federation of Gay Games are proud to announce the addition of Squash to the lineup for Gay Games VII.

Originally left off the schedule in favor of Racquetball (an “either/or” choice asked of the Chicago hosts), the FGG Sports Committee and the Gay Games Sports Directors agreed that this racquet sport – featured at the last four Gay Games – will once again be offered.

Racquetball and Squash will both take place in the North Sports Village at Northwestern University. In fact, our North Sports Village is quickly becoming a "Racquet Sports Village" where you can experience Tennis, Badminton, Racquetball, and Squash all in one village.

Registration for Squash is now open.
Calling All Sports and Cultural Organizations
Partner Up with Gay Games VII!

What do wrestling, figure skating and martial arts have in common? If you answered “each will be played in the Gay Games,” you’re right. But you could have also answered “their international LGBT associations are all members of the Gay Games Partner Program.” Twenty six organizations have already joined the one-month-old Gay Games Partner Program.

Is your city team or sports association a member? To learn more about how this program connects organizations with athletes and artists to help ensure a successful Gay Games, visit our Online Partner Program page.
Housing Reservations Now Available Online
20,000 Room Nights Go On Sale for 2006 Sports and Cultural Festival

Athletes, artists and fans planning to attend Gay Games VII in Chicago, 15-22 July 2006, can now make reservations at several downtown hotels online from the Gay Games website. Offered in partnership with area hotels, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and One Stop Chicago, the online reservation system provides access to the large block of reasonably priced accommodations reserved last spring by Chicago organizers of the Gay Games.

In this first phase, nearly 20,000 room nights are available at nine separate downtown Chicago hotels with room rates starting at US$109/night, a discount of as much as 50% off regular hotel rates. The online system is designed for both international and domestic visitors, accepts major credit cards, and has an interactive capacity allowing individuals to modify their reservations online.

Read more online.
From the Worlds to the Gay Games:
Rudy Galindo Is Newest Ambassador

Jumping, gliding, spinning at the chance — however you want to describe it in skating terms, Rudy Galindo is thrilled to join the Gay Games Ambassadors in support of the quadrennial LGBT sports event, now more than 20 years old. Galindo will also serve as Honorary Figure Skating Chair for Chicago's Gay Games VII. "I've heard about the Gay Games for years and cannot wait to be part of my first one in Chicago" Galindo said. "So much of what the Gay Games promotes about being out and open in the sports world is exactly how I have lived my amateur and professional skating career." Read the whole story online.
Pictured above, left to right, are some of the Gay Games Ambassadors: Former NFL Player Esera Tuaolo, Melissa Etheridge, baseball player Billy Bean, actress and director Amanda Bearse, Olympic gold medal swimmer Bruce Hayes, and actress Judith Light.  Far right, Patricia Nell Warren, athlete and author of "The Frontrunner." Warren is the honorary director of Gay Games VII Track and Field Competition.
Thank you, Cologne!

Quicker than you say "Kolsch," the LGBT community of Cologne, Germany, made everyone from Chicago feel welcome as nine people traveled there for the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Federation of Gay Games.

Kolsch is a beer with a 1,000-year tradition and made by only 22 brewers in Cologne (Koln in Germany) and its suburbs. Served in tall, deceptively small glasses, we can report from some experience that you can quickly down 3 or 4 glasses before you realize the Germans really know their beer! Rest assured, gentle reader, that no Gay Games volunteers were harmed as we researched the favorite brands of Kolsch at Cologne's many LGBT watering holes. We cannot say the same regarding some other complimentary beverages - some of which were lit ablaze as part of the fun. Eight days of fun later, and with just one second degree burn, the Chicago delegation returned home all safe and sound with fond memories of our new friends in Germany.

The fourth largest city in Germany with almost 1 million people, Cologne is home to one of Europe's largest and most successful LGBT sports groups - Sport Club Janus. SC Janus was the host of the Annual Meeting and the meeting was superbly organized. Well done!

The Chicago team made three presentations during the Annual Meeting - one to the FGG's Host Advisory Board, a group of 10 to 12 FGG Directors who work on a regular basis to ensure our partnership is working smoothly and effectively. Excruciating financial and logistical details are presented to the HAB who scrutinizes them and ensures that Chicago is achieving excellent progress as Gay Games VII approaches. Our second presentation was to the full FGG Board of Directors and guests. With details ranging from sports venue to corporate sponsorships, financial controls to cultural programming, Chicago's team of 9 delivered our "State of the Games" message to roaring approval.

Finally, we held a Gay Games Rally where directors talked about the work they've done within their organizations to promote the Gay Games, and everyone received a complimentary Gay Games messenger bag (see photo). The Kolsch may have been flowing in the evening, but everyone worked hard during the day. Congratulations to the entire team at S.C. Janus in Cologne, and the entire board of the FGG for an excellent Annual Meeting. Cheers! Editor's Note: Our favorite bar in Cologne was Ex Corner. Fun staff, friendly customers, and right in the heart of Cologne's "Bermuda Triangle," an area with dozens of bars, restaurants and retail stores just for our community. 
Smile - You Could be on TV!
Q Television and Chicago Sign Landmark Deal 

We're proud to announce that we've finalized our relationship with Q Television. Plans to offer widespread, international television, radio and Internet broadcast of the 2006 Gay Games are set!

Currently available on RCN Cable in Boston, San Francisco and New York, Gay Games VII television, radio and Internet broadcast rights were granted under the provision that Q will be available in 150 markets by July of 2006.

Q Television is a pay cable station. In addition to significant market expansion over the next 19 months, and in order to reach a significantly larger market during Gay Games VII, Q Television Network will be unscrambled during the 8 day sports and cultural festival so that everyone can view the coverage whether they've paid for Q Television or not. Such broad television coverage has never been available in the history of the Gay Games.

 It is Q Television's intent to have its signal up linked not only for the national audience, but also for an international audience. Q Television is currently in negotiation with television stations for the redistribution of its signal internationally. In addition to the negotiations, Q has arranged for its signal to be rebroadcast with a bundled foreign network, thus making the games available world wide.

"Partnering with the Gay Games for all media outlets, including the Internet, is a feather in the hat of Q Television," said Frank Olsen, President and CEO of Q Television Network. "The Gay Games is an event that should be available for all the world to see and we are in negotiations to make our signal available to do just that."

View details online.
Hello Chicago
Join The Home Team!

For everyone from Chicago, there is a special feeling of pride that our hometown will be the host of Gay Games VII. Chicago will take its place alongside some of the world’s greatest cities as host of the Gay Games. San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, and now Chicago stand together as part of that legacy.

At the beginning of the 2006 Opening Ceremony, Team Chicago will enter Soldier Field at the end of the parade of athletes as 60,000 roar in support of Our Kind of Town. It brings a lump to our throat just to think about it.

Chicago area athletes and artists are banded together like never before and have launched our own Gay Games registration campaign. “Join the Home Team” starts now with an eye to the early bird registration deadline of 31 December.
Chicago Badminton League Forms

Chicagoans excited about hosting the Gay Games in 2006 are working through the Chicago Metro Sports Association to found Chicago's first LGBT Badminton League.  The new league will play its inaugural season at Margate Park Fieldhouse. The Badminton league is open to both women and men and will offer two levels of competition. The first season of play will be doubles with plans to play singles and mixed doubles in future seasons.

League play will be Thursdays 7pm to 9pm beginning 13 January and experience is not necessary. All levels are welcome. Read more online.
FREE! Sunday, 19 December
You're Invited to our Holiday Party

Gay Games VII warmly invites the entire community to join us for a holiday celebration at the spectacular Windy City Field House on Sunday, 19 December from 12 noon - 4:00pm. The Windy City Field House is located at 2367 W. Logan Blvd (Logan and Western). We welcome Gay Games VII volunteers, sponsors, participants, the Chicago sports and cultural community and anyone interested in learning more about Gay Games VII.

  • Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages
  • Great giveaways from Chicago businesses
  • Entertainment and sports demonstrations
  • Gay Games videos & a special Chicago athlete slide show
  • Open gym: Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton
Aquatics T-shirts STILL AVAILABLE!

Whether you're a swimmer, water polo player, diver, or a fan, these special Gay Games VII Aquatics T-shirts are sure to be a hit. These shirts were created especially for the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) 2004 Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The first order of 100 shirts sold out in 3 days. So we've reordered and they're available to aquatics athletes and enthusiasts alike. 

If you want to join a committee, or are just interested in learning more about the Gay Games and how you might help, we welcome your participation. Prospective volunteers should contact out Volunteer Coordinator to receive materials in advance. Details available online. This is part of our monthly volunteer orientations. These will be scheduled at different parts of the city. The next volunteer orientation session will be in January. If interested, RSVP to Kashaun or Amelia
Did you know that most committee meetings are posted on the Gay Games website on the Calendar page?

Chicago Games, Inc. is proud to partner with a wide range of sponsors for Gay Games VII in 2006. We offer several global sponsor levels, with a wide range of benefits both in advance of the Gay Games and during the week-long events. New sponsors since last signup include: Girlfriends, Windy City Fieldhouse, Edge Magazine,, Planet Beach. Business sponsorships are also available and have been crafted to include significant benefits to local or regional businesses. For information on how you can become a sponsor, call our office at (773) 907-2006 or email.

Watch our website for new sponsor announcements all the time, and be sure to thank our sponsors!
Contribute To Gay Games VII

The Gay Games Movement is big - very big - and expensive. Dedicated to reducing bigotry and stereotypes through sport and culture, and with a nearly 25-year-long legacy affecting millions worldwide, the Gay Games is the kind of nonprofit organization that we can all be proud to support. More than 50,000 have participated in the Gay Games since they began in 1982 - and that's just the athletes and artists.

Please become a donor or sponsor. Online contributions can be made using your credit card or checking account. Business sponsorships start at $500, and higher level individual donations come with some great benefits. To donate individually, visit our website. To become a business sponsor, call us at (773) 907-2006, email us, or visit us online.
Gay Games VII Online Store - Now Open

Be among the first to get official Gay Games VII merchandise: t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, greeting cards, messenger bags and coasters.  Visit and select "Store" to see all the great items available today.
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