2006 Gay Games
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|VII Gay Games
|Host city||Chicago, Illinois|
|Motto||Where the World Meets|
|Opening ceremony||July 15, 2006|
|Closing ceremony||July 22, 2006|
|Main venue||Soldier Field (Opening Ceremonies) and Wrigley Field (Closing Ceremonies)|
The 2006 Gay Games (Gay Games VII), colloquially called the Chicago Gaymes, was part of a family of international sports and cultural festivals called Gay Games, sanctioned by the Federation of Gay Games and organized by the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community of the host city of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. The competition took place July 15– July 22, 2006. The official Gay Games VII slogan was "Where the World Meets."
Actual athletic events were played in venues scattered throughout Chicago and its suburbs, all participating in the Gay Games through special permissive votes in their respective town or village councils. Cultural events included concerts and performances by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Megan Mullally, among others added to the festival's feel and charm. Contemporary artists also provided exhibitions as part of the Gay Games.
Corporate sponsorship was key in planning Gay Games VII, garnering support for global advertising from large companies like Absolut Vodka, American Airlines, Ernst & Young, Fleishman-Hillard and Walgreens. Media relationships were created with the Chicago Sun-Times, New York Times, ChicagoPride.com and the National Broadcasting Company. Advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign offered substantial funding for the event, as well.
Originally awarded to Montréal, Canada
The seventh edition of the Gay Games was originally planned for Montréal, Canada in 2006, but the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) removed its sanction after differences arose between it and the Montréal 2006 organizing committee. For more information on the change of host cities, see the Schism in LGBT sports communities over Gay Games VII section of the Gay Games article.
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The concept for Opening Ceremony, conceived and directed by Kile Ozier [kileozier.com], was to tell the parallel stories of the evolution of the GLBT Community as community and as individuals; giving it a global context and relevance. The four acts represent the four stages of this evolutionary process as envisioned by the Director: Exclusion - that moment when we discover that we may not fit into the world as we might have thought, growing up...the moment of discovery of difference; Oppression - the manifestation and formalization of the dynamic initiated in Exclusion...homophobia, gay bashing, contemplation and execution of suicide out of despair...ending with the embracing of self and the beginnings of hope; Expression - the power of community and standing up for oneself, of coming out of the closet, finding Like Others, celebration of individuality and difference within even our own communities; Ignition - the taking of all this powerful energy and philosophy and lighting the world with the ideals of enlightenment and acceptance.
At the midway point of the Ceremony was the "Exhortation to a Weary Army," a reinvigoration to the community in the worldwide fight against AIDS, given from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and tribute to Tom Waddell, the founder of the global Gay Sports movement and the Gay Games.
The ceremony consisted of five parts:
- DJ Frankie Knuckles, the “Godfather of House” played music for the prologue
- The Procession of over 11,000 Athletes and Participants of Gay Games VII in a record 46 minutes
- Oath to the Athletes and Participants led by David Kopay
- The National Anthem of the United States of America - Christy Fairbairn Hasselson, Windy City Gay Idol 2006
- Oath to the Officials - Billy Bean, Saskia Webber
- Welcome by Chicago Games Inc. - Co & Vice Chairs: Sam Coady, Suzanne Arnold, Tracy Baim, Kevin Boyer
- Responsibility for Change - Megan Mullally
- Welcome by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
Act I “Exclusion”
- Choreography by Iega Jeff
- Special appearance by Erasure’s Andy Bell
- Presentation by Kate Clinton
- Welcome - Co-Presidents of the international Federation of Gay Games: Kathleen Webster and Roberto Mantaci
- Legends of Women’s Music: Holly Near, Barbara Higbie, Nedra Johnson, Teresa Trull
Act II “Oppression”
- Choreography by Joel Hall
- Special Appearance by Erasure’s Andy Bell
- Presentations by Staceyann Chin, George Takei, Jorge Valencia
- Rainbow Run for the End of HIV and Cancer: Brent Nicholson Earle, Rob Hadley, Renae Ogletree, Modesto "Tico" Valle
- Tribute to Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games Movement
- Tom Waddell Award- presented by Greg Louganis and Jessica Waddell Lewinstein
- Performance by Jody Watley
- Keynote address by United States Ambassador James C. Hormel
- The Quilt - Keith Boykin delivering the “Exhortation to a Weary Army”
Act III “Expression”
- Choreographed by Michele Lynch
- Performance by the cast of “Avenue Q”
- Presentations by David da Silva Cornell who read from "Knocking On Your Closet Door; Come Out and March With Us" and by Margaret Cho
- Erasure’s Andy Bell sings "A Little Respect"
- “Proud” - Heather Small
- Presentation of the Federation of the Gay Games Flag
- “Take the Flame” the Official Anthem of the Gay Games, performed by Esera Tuaolo
Act IV “Ignition” and the Lighting of the Flame
Mayor Richard M. Daley's Remarks
"On behalf of all the people of Chicago, I’m delighted to welcome you to the seventh Gay Games. I want to acknowledge the Co-Chairs of Chicago Games, Suzanne Arnold and Sam Coady, Vice Co-Chairs Tracy Baim and Kevin Boyer, as well as their staff and all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make these games a reality. I would also like to thank the Federation of Gay Games, for choosing Chicago as the 2006 host City and for carrying on the vision of Tom Waddell. Chicago is pleased and honored to have been selected to host this historic event, and you could not have chosen a more appropriate site."
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- Badminton Oak Park High School and River Forest High School 
- Beach Volleyball: North Avenue Beach 
- Basketball: UIC Physical Education Building 
- Bowling: Waveland Bowl and Diversey Bowl
- Cycling (Criterium, Road Race, Time Trial, Mountain Bike): Sherman Park and Palos Sag Valley 
- DanceSports: Hilton Chicago
- Darts: Hilton Chicago 
- Diving: Norris Aquatics Center 
- Figure Skating: McFetridge Park 
- Football (Soccer)
- Flag Football: Washington Park 
- Golf: Jackson Park Golf Course 
- Half-Marathon: Lakeshore Marathon Course 
- Ice Hockey: American Heartland Ice Arena 
- Marathon: Lakeshore Marathon Course
- Martial Arts: Gerald Ratner Athletics Center 
- Physique: Welsh-Ryan Arena
- Pool Billiards 
- Power Lifting: Welsh-Ryan Arena 
- Racquetball: Lakeshore Athletic Club 
- Road Races 5/10K
- Rowing: Crystal Lake
- Sailing: Lake Michigan
- Swimming: Gerald Ratner Athletics Center; 1.5k Open Water Swim: Lake Michigan
- Synchronized Swimming
- Track and Field
- Water Polo
- Band Concerts: Millenium Park 
- Cheer Exhibition: Millennium Park
- Choral Concerts: Millenium Park
- Closing Ceremony: Wrigley Field
- Color Guard Exhibition: Millenium Park
- Medal Ceremonies: Millenium Park
- Opening Ceremony: Soldier Field
- Sports Equality Day conference: Roosevelt University
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|Badminton Singles ||Gold||Silver||Bronze|
|Men's T||Dexter Giffard, Chicago, IL, USA||Chris van der Westhuizen, Milwaukee, WI, USA||Mark Scrivener, London, UK|
|Men's A||Collin Koo, Vancouver, BC, CANADA||Richard Liu, London, UK||Aaron Ray Antonio, Chicago, IL, USA|
|Men's B||Dariusz Zieba, Phoenix, AZ, USA||Martin Kraemer, Munich, GERMANY||Malcolm Banks, London, UK|
|Men's CC||Ron Ng||Dennis Fong, San Leandro, CA, USA||Lucas Wong, Chicago, IL, USA|
|Men's C||AJ Jamal, Long Beach, CA, USA||Jeff Weber, Chicago, IL, USA||Rick Jun Li|
|Women's A||Cindy Lee, Austin, TX, USA||Suanne Au, Lincoln, NE, USA||Amy Ma, Arlington Heights, IL, USA|
|Women's B||Laura Grieve, San Francisco, CA, USA||Bonnie May, Florence, MA, USA||Ilse Aben, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS|
|Women's C||Coni Staff, Forestville, CA, USA||Karen Shoffner, Elk Grove Village, IL, USA||Emma Lou "Scottie" Scott, Houston, TX, USA|
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Host country performance
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The Games' closing ceremony was held July 22, 2006 at Wrigley Field. 25,000 spectators attended. Mayor Richard M. Daley handed over the flag to the Deputy Mayor of Cologne, host of the next Gay Games.  Performers included, amongst others, Cyndi Lauper.
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