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Paris wins bid to host 2018 Gay Games

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

PARIS — Paris has won the bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community’s version of the Olympics.

ParisThe Gay Games, which expects more than 15,000 competitors, is held every four years and is taking place this year in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron.

In recent months, opposition to a same-sex marriage bill has exposed deep divisions in French society over gay rights, attracting tens of thousands to protests for and against such unions.

Paris’ Deputy Mayor Philippe Ducloux said Tuesday that “for all Parisians, it will be an honor to welcome the 10th Gay Games. All participants will be welcomed.”

France’s Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron said she hoped the games would make “for a more inclusive and generous society in France.”

The 2014 Gay Games will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

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  1. Gay games?! About time!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:07pm
  2. Awesome and amazing!! I am SO going!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:07pm
  3. lol i didn’t know there are gay games… :O

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:08pm
  4. Have been for many years, Joev. They used to be called the Gay Olympics, but then the big Olympics got its knickers in a knot, so now they're the Gay Games.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:36pm
  5. why. they have special olympics... :/

    Replied on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:29pm
  6. They were here in NYC years ago and it was 'fabulous' !!!

    Replied on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:01am
  7. omg I wanna participate on these games someday <3

    Replied on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:25am
  8. O paiis ond naao teem precoonceitoo…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:08pm
  9. Como say whut?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:09pm
  10. We have Gay Games?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:09pm
  11. No idea de q se trata eso…. Pero me atrae:)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:12pm
  12. oww… the “conservatives” will be rolling in their graves!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:14pm
  13. Of course they did!!! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:19pm
  14. My dream home. *sigh*

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:19pm
  15. Hope those bigots and homophobes dont take to the streets again

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:21pm
  16. like the ones in our won country?

    Replied on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:07pm
  17. Really, i thought they really dont like gays there.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:21pm
  18. Headed to Paris in 2018!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:23pm
  19. Can’t wait

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:24pm
  20. wonderfull sounds great

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:27pm
  21. An excellent reason to plan a trip to Paris

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:36pm
  22. Can i join???

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:45pm
  23. I’m a Volleyball player..and also a Dodgeball player….when and where can i join???i want to play…is there a tryout???

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:49pm
  24. Oh I am so going to this years’ games.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:50pm
  25. bonjour Paris!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 3:05pm
  26. Ooh la la

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 3:06pm
  27. What gay games are about?? Lol sorry, i sorta live under the rock xD

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 3:33pm
  28. Dear gays, we truly apologize for the russia inconvenience and we do hope youll accept our apology, which comes with paris for the next games.
    -the IOC

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 3:53pm
  29. Ironic

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:01pm
  30. I will be there :)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:32pm
  31. YAY!!! <3

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:03pm
  32. Good for Paris. I hope it all goes without a hitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:10pm
  33. Please join our cause in Seattle! Tickets available for purchase for Saturday October 19th from 4:30-6PM. Please visit: seattle.transformationalhypnosis.us/ to get your tickets. Thank you!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:42pm
  34. Oh I’m definitely going!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:48pm
  35. Been there many times; seen that.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:41pm
  36. At least we won’t be discriminated against there :)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 9:49pm
  37. Why not just call them the Gaymes!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:07pm
  38. “When they say that Paris is gay, they mean it’s GAY” – “Victor/Victoria” movie

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:52am
  39. wtf, what is wrong with the normal games? Can’t everyone be at the same level and just participate in the Summer or winter games and not make their own… I hate this event, and hope people realize this is majorly Fing with tradition.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:26am
  40. I would love to be there

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:39am
  41. With the problems they’ve had in Paris lately…I wonder how good of an idea this is?

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:31am
  42. love

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:01am
  43. Gay Games should be more adorable to all the athletes even that they wanna to join it.Including our Penangites and Malaysian people usually wanna to be engaged up as possibly.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:12pm
  44. Ooo la la

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:50pm
  45. Wow now gay game so fucking dumb what the fuck is wrong with ppl

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:35pm
  46. POURQUOI PAS, C’EST TRES JOLI.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:54pm