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Registration opens for the 2016 North America OutGames in St. Louis

Continuing the reputation of conferences on the state of human rights for LGBTQIA+ people around the globe, this event will present a conference addressing pressing social issues specific and current to the LGBTQIA+ community in North America. According to organizers, an evaluation of the 2011 Vancouver and 2013 Antwerp conferences will inform the committee by providing lessons learned and best practices to further improve upon this event.

OutGamesarticle2The Human Rights Conference at the 2016 North America OutGames will take place May 31 – June 2, 2016 and will include key note speakers, break-out sessions and events that are associated with national, regional and local human rights organizations and/or are recognized as pioneers of particular topics of interest. The venue for the Conference will be held primarily at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.

St. Louis is the first U.S. city to host the North America OutGames. Previous OutGames host cities include Calgary and Vancouver, respectively.

General registration for the 2016 North American OutGames starts at $50 per person and will increase to $70 on Feb. 16. Volunteers are encouraged to register at no charge.

Registration for individual events is separate from general registration. Athletic events include:

10K Run (5/31) – Forest Park
5K Run (6/2) – Tower Grove Park
Billiards (6/1-6/3) – Pink Galleon Billiards and Games
Bowling (5/31-6/3) – Tropicana Lanes
Cycling (5/31-6/2) – Corondelet Park
Dance Sport (6/1-6/3) – Moolah Shrine
Darts (5/29) – R-Bar; (5/30) – Just John
Flag Football (6/1-6/2) – Cricket Field/Forest ParkOutGamesarticle2article
Golf (5/31-6/1) – Glen Echo Country Club
Half Marathon (6/4) – Forest Park
Full Marathon (6/4) – Forest Park
Indoor Volleyball (5/29-5/31) – Center St. Louis
Rugby (6/2-6/3) – Cricket Field/Forest Park
Sand Volleyball (6/1-6/3) – Wave Taco
Softball (5/29-6/3) Aviation Softball Fields/Forest Park
Sport Climbing (5/31) – Upper Limits Rock Gym
Bouldering (6/2) – Upper Limits Rock Gym
Swimming (5/29-6/3) – Site Pending Contract Negotiation
Tennis (5/31-6/3) – Dwight Davis Tennis Center/Forest Park
Track & Field (5/31-6/3) – Site Pending Contract Negotiation

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