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Bring the Gay Games to London!

Posted on October 4, 2013

250x250 10The location for the Gay Games 2018 is about to be decided, with a choice of London, Paris and Limerick. One of the world’s largest sporting events, the Gay Games will see more than 10,000 athletes taking part in more than 30 different disciplines – including dancesport. The London Gay Games Bid Committee is now raising funds to make its final presentation to the Federation of Gay Games membership.

So far, the London committee has had fantastic support from individuals, sports clubs, cultural groups and LGBT networks. The bid is supported by the Mayor of London’s office and by the London Legacy Development Corporation, who promote the city for events and run the venues of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, built for the 2012 Olympics.

Before the final presentation this month, the committee hopes to find 100 supporters to donate £100 each. As well as financing the bid, this campaign will prove to the Federation, and to corporate and public funders, that the UK community really wants to host the Gay Games.

You can find more information about the campaign, and register to donate, at www.100-out.org.uk. If you would prefer to give a smaller amount, you can make a donation of any size through the same website here. Donate more than £10, and you’ll receive a collapsible Ohyo water bottle!

If you are part of network that would like to support the bid, please email alex@sport-london.org for more information.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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