Gay Games Washington DC 2022 (GGDC2022) has officially submitted a bid to host Gay Games XI from July 16-23, 2022.
“Few events have the prestige or international focus of the Gay Games and GGDC2022 is proud to submit this Bid on behalf of the 34 LGBT sports teams of the Washington D.C. region and, indeed, our whole community” said Brent Minor, Chair of the Bid Committee and Executive Director of Team DC. “We know that Washington has the experience, passion and international appeal that make us an excellent choice.”
Minor announced Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Billie Jean King, and Former Commissioner of the NFL Paul Tagliabue as honorary chairs of the Washington D.C. Bid.
“We are also pleased to have the full support of the DC City Council, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser who has pledged $2 million to support the event should Washington DC be selected,” said Minor.
In her letter of support of the Bid, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “When so many things in the world divide us, events like the Gay Games bring us together and give us the opportunity to celebrate our differences while recognizing our many similarities.”
It is expected that eight other cities will submit Bids including Austin (TX), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Hong Kong, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Washington D.C. bid previously for Gay Games IX and placed second.
The Gay Games is held every four years to celebrate the LGBTQ community through sports and culture. The next Gay Games will be held in Paris, France in 2018. It is anticipated that Gay Games XI will draw 12,000-15,000 competitors and upwards of 80,000-100,000 spectators to the metropolitan Washington region with an economic impact greater than $100 million.
Visit http://ggdc2022.org to learn more about the Washington, D.C. Bid.