2014 Gay Games

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IX Gay Games
Cleveland-Akron 2014
Host city Cleveland
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, with some events being held in the nearby city of Akron, Ohio. An estimated 10,000 athletes from more than 60 nations participated in 37 sports and cultural events.

Bidding Proccess[edit]

United States Boston, Massachusetts, USA
United States Washington, D.C., USA
United States Cleveland-Akron, Ohio, United States
United States Miami, Florida, United States

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 29, 2009 during its annual meeting in Cologne, Germany.[2][3][4]


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.[5][5] 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.[6]

Also announced as a major sponsor was Ernst & Young, with cash and in-kind services.[7]

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.[8][9]


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


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.[12][12]

Brian Jacobson, at age 40, lowered the Masters long course world record in the 50 free to 23.31.[13]

Kinnon MacKinnon, at age 28, became the first openly transgender man to earn a gold in powerlifting at the Gay Games.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The History of LGBT Participation in the Olympics
  2. ^ Rothaus, Steve (January 29, 2009). "Gay Games: Cleveland To Host In 2014". www.huffpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Miami a finalist for 2014 Gay Games". miamiherald.typepad.com. Miami Herald. October 28, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Three Cities Bid For Gay Games 2014". www.ontopmag.com. On Top Magazine. March 18, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Cleveland Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to the 2014 Gay Games". The Cleveland Foundation. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ "UCC Becomes First Religious Sponsor Of Gay Games". Advocate.com. 
  7. ^ "Ernst & Young to sponsor 2014 Gay Games - insidethegames.biz - Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games News". insidethegames.biz. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^ WKYC (9 August 2014). "President Obama makes video appearance at Gay Games". 
  9. ^ Kyler Geoffroy. "Obama Makes Surprise Video Appearance at Gay Games Opening Ceremony: WATCH". Towleroad: A Site With Homosexual Tendencies. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Cleveland, Ohio to Host 2014 Gay Games| Gay News". Towleroad. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^ a b "99-year-old great-great-grandmother sets 100 meters record at Cleveland Gay Games". Gay Star News. 
  13. ^ "Brian Jacobson Lowers 50 Free Masters World Record At Gay Games". Swimming World News. 
  14. ^ "PHOTOS: Meet the First Trans Man to Win a Gay Games Gold in Powerlifting". Advocate.com. 

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