2014 Gay Games

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Gay Games 9
Cleveland-Akron 2014
Host city Cleveland and Akron
Country United States
Nations participating more than 60
Athletes participating estimated 10,000
Events 35 sports
Opening ceremony August 9, 2014 (2014-08-09)
Closing ceremony August 16, 2014 (2014-08-16)
Main venue Quicken Loans Arena
Website www.gg9cle.com
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The 2014 Gay Games, also known as Gay Games 9, were an international multi-sport event and cultural gathering organized by, and specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes, artists and musicians.[1] It was held from August 9 to August 16, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio, with some events being held in the nearby city of Akron. An estimated 10,000 athletes from more than 60 nations participated in 37 sports and cultural events.

According to the Federation of Gay Games (FGG), fourteen cities expressed interest in hosting the event. During its annual meeting in Cape Town on October 28, 2008, the FGG announced that four American cities made the deadline and were thus in the running to host the games: Boston, Cleveland, Miami, and Washington, D.C.. Of these cities, Boston, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C. submitted bid books by the deadline. The FGG selected Cleveland as the host city in September 2009 during its annual meeting in Cologne, Germany.

Sponsors[edit]

On April 13, 2013, the Cleveland Foundation announced a US$250,000 grant as the presenting sponsor of the event, which was to be known as "The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation," marking the first time the Gay Games had had a presenting sponsor.[2][2] In addition to local support from sponsors such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cleveland Indians, the Games saw major corporate sponsorship from large companies like Coca-Cola, Marriott, and United.

The United Church of Christ became the first religious denomination to be a major sponsor of the Gay Games as a fourth-tier silver sponsor of the Gay Games in 2014.[3]

Also announced as a major sponsor was Ernst & Young, with cash and in-kind services.[4]

Opening Ceremony[edit]

The Opening Ceremony began at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at Quicken Loans Arena. Featured stars at the ceremony included singer, dancer and radio host Lance Bass, Broadway actress Andrea McArdle, Alex Newell from Glee, former Olympian Greg Louganis, and The Pointer Sisters. President of the United States Barack Obama made a surprise video appearance.[5][6]

Events[edit]

The Games featured 37 disciplines of sport and cultural competitions throughout Cleveland and Akron areas.

Event Location
Opening Ceremony Quicken Loans Arena
Ice Skating Wolstein Center
Track & Field University of Akron
Softball Firestone Stadium

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Records set[edit]

At 99 years old, Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the 2014 Gay Games, becoming the first person in the 95-99 age category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race, running the race in 59.8 seconds.[9][10]

Kinnon MacKinnon became the first openly transgender man to earn a gold in powerlifting at the Gay Games in the 2014 Games. [11]

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