His Excellency Thomas Bach
International Olympic Committee
ChÃ˘teau de Vidy
Dear President Bach:
On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms of not just the execution of the games themselves, but more so the IOC's commitment to build a better world through sport:
Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter now includes specific mention of sexual orientation
Your quote from the Opening Ceremony speech, "In this Olympic world, there is one universal rule for everybody. We are all equal."
Statement that future host cities should be required to sign anti-discrimination agreements as part of their contracts
Improved number of out LGBT athletes and athletes feeling safe enough to compete openly at the Rio Games
Inclusion of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team
Widespread condemnation response to the homophobic Grindr outing piece in the Daily Beast
The Federation of Gay Games applauds your leadership and focus on human rights in partnership with the international LGBT+ sport community.
We look forward to further developing our relationship and continued dialogue to promote our common interest of sport; sport for all; and sport free from discrimination. We invite you to join us for Gay Games 10, Paris 2018, and our shared motto of "All Equal." We welcome you to learn more at www.paris2018.com .
With deepest respect,
Joanie Evans and Kurt Dahl