Gay Games

Hong Kong Officially Signed To Host The 2022 Gay Games

Back in October, we shared with you the news that Hong Kong had won the right to host the Gay Games and that it would be the first Asian city to do so.

Now, that future is officially set as Hong Kong’s bidding committee signed the license agreement with the Federation of Gay Games.

This now marks the start of preparation for the 9-day Gay Games event scheduled for November 2022. That said, this won’t be the very next Gay Games to take place, as Paris will be hosting it later this year between August 4 and August 12.

The event is expected to have more than 15,000 participants and give Hong Kong’s economy a boost of about 130 million US dollars.

“After the announcement of our win in October, the Gay Games Hong Kong team worked hand-in-hand with the Federation of Gay Games and our legal partner Linklaters to finalize the 42 pages License Agreement in order to bring the best possible Gay Games,” said Hong Kong 2022 chair, Dennis Philipse.

“Together with the Federation of Gay Games, we have big plans to ensure the event will become a trailblazer for increased progress in diversity and inclusion in the world’s most populous region.”

“Our next steps are to help with the success of the next Gay Games in Paris and to continue conversations with the Hong Kong SAR Government, sport associations and sponsors.”

In addition, the Federation in charge of the Gay Games not only trust that the Hong Kong committee will provide a wonderful experience, but that they will help bring conversation of LGBTQ acceptance to the rest of the Asian world.

“The Federation of Gay Games is thankful to the Hong Kong organizers for their successful bid efforts, but we are more excited for our historic first opportunity to promote equality in Asia,” said Federation of Gay Games co-president Sean Fitzgerald.

Hong Kong Will Be The First Asian City To Host The Gay Games

Hong Kong will be the first Asian city to host the Gay Games.

This announcement was made yesterday in Paris to the excitement of Hong Kong’s 13-member bidding team. Reports say that the team was screaming, hugging, and cheering as they greeted the news reporters covering the event.

Hong Kong won over locations like Washington, D.C. and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Bid chair Dennis Philipse spoke to the South China Morning Post  about how proud he was of the result.

“We fought tirelessly and are elated to bring the games to Asia for the first time. Thank you all for your love and support,” he added.

Hong Kong will be host the Gay Games in 2022 at a little over 30 years since it was first held in 1982.

More athletes are expected to participate than the 15,000 that took part in Paris’s event. In addition the bid team expects about 1 billion in Hong Kong (approximately 128 billion US dollars) will come into the territory because of the event.

Alfred Chan, chairman of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission, said that this is “a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world game,” and that “It is also a big step for diversity inclusion.”

This is just the latest in an ongoing string of progress found in Hong Kong.

While its close relative China is still very wishy-washy (yet still aggressive) towards LGBTQ people, Hong Kong is starting to change its policies in support of LGBTQ people.

Last month, Hong Kong shortened the period in which gay men can donate blood.

Then later that month, a British immigrant into Hong Kong was able to get union rights for her same-sex spouse that will allow them to be together in the Asian country.