| December 2004
|10, 9, 8, 7… The
Countdown Is On!
Early Registration Closes New Year’s Eve!
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
• Participate in your
choice of sport or cultural event
• Opening Ceremony
ticket – prime seats!
• Closing Ceremony ticket – prime
• FREE Week-long Transit Pass
Games VII Participation Medal
• FREE Spectator
pass to most sports
• FIRST CHANCE at special
• Program Guide
• Souvenir Bag
Collectible Participant ID/Accreditation
• Discounts from
• 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
Do one more great thing
Register for the Gay Games
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 GayGamesChicago.org.
Pre-Pay for the Gay Games|
Save $50 For Everyone On
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
For more information visit http://www.gaygameschicago.org/ or call
773-907-2006 to Pre-Pay now.
|New Sport -
Chicago and the Federation
of Gay Games are proud to announce the addition of Squash to
the lineup for Gay Games VII.
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
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
Squash is now open.|
|Calling All Sports and Cultural
Partner Up with Gay Games
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
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
|Housing Reservations Now Available
Room Nights Go On Sale for 2006 Sports and Cultural
artists and fans planning to attend Gay Games VII in Chicago,
15-22 July 2006, can now make reservations at several downtown
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
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
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
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
|Smile - You Could be on TV!
Q Television and Chicago
Sign Landmark Deal
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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|
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
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and
Great giveaways from Chicago businesses
Entertainment and sports demonstrations
Games videos & a special Chicago athlete slide
Open gym: Basketball, Volleyball,
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
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
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
to Kashaun or Amelia. |
|Did you know that
most committee meetings are posted on the Gay Games website on
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
Magazine, PinkAgenda.com, 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.
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 GayGamesChicago.org
and select "Store" to see all the great items available
|Open Your Own Logo Store & Help GGVII
You’ve got the talent &
drive, but let’s face it -whether you run, swim or dance your
way to the Windy City, you need funds for: Teamwear &
Gear, Training, Travel Expenses & More! Click Here for details.|
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