CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 2014 international Gay Games are heading to Cleveland.
A yearlong site selection process came to an exhilarating end for city officials and gay advocates on Tuesday, as they celebrated the announcement as a major victory for the local economy and a boost to the region’s reputation as a tolerant and diverse community.
The Federation of Gay Games proclaimed Cleveland the winner in Cologne, Germany, which is the site of next year’s games.
Cleveland emerged from a trio of finalists that also included Boston and Washington, D.C.
The Gay Games is a sports and cultural festival that promotes respect and understanding of the gay community through athletics.
Founded in 1982, the quadrennial event will feature 30 sports in which anybody can participate. The Cleveland games will take place from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 in locations throughout the region, including Akron.
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