Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-09-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Tempers flare as World OutGames Miami is cancelled hours before opening ceremonies
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times
2017-05-26

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


The quadrennial World OutGames was cancelled May 26—the day before the opening ceremonies were to be held—with hundreds or thousands of participants en route or already in South Florida.

The board of directors for World OutGames Miami issued a statement:

"It is with deep regret that due to financial burdens, World OutGames must cancel opening and closing ceremonies and sports programming with the exception of aquatics, country western dance and soccer. The Human Rights Conference and cultural programs will continue as planned. We thank everyone who has supported the effort and apologize to those who will be impacted by this difficult decision."

The 10-day event was to begin May 26 and run through June 4, with multiple sporting events, culture events, and a human rights conference. This would have been the first-ever World OutGames in the United States, the fourth overall edition of multi-sport showcase for the LGBT community.

World OutGames are licensed by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) and debuted in Montreal in 2006, weeks after the Gay Games VII culminated in Chicago. In 2009, the event was held in Copenhagen and then in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2013.

"This is the official end of the OutGames," said Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com .

Miami Beach police and the state attorney's office announced they were opening a fraud investigation "due to the potential misappropriation of funds," the Miami Herald reported.

Windy City Times is not aware of any Chicagoans who were directly impacted by the cancelation of the World OutGames. Steven Figg, of Chicago, has participated in diving events, which are being run by the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA).

Organizers predicted in videos to promote the OutGames that 15,000 would participate, but it is believed that less than 2,000 were registered.

Social media was, naturally, abuzz with irate, profanity-spewing participants from around the world now in Miami without a gold medal to pursue. Lawsuits are, no doubt, pending as registrants wonder if they will ever receive refunds.

Yannick Asselin, who lives in Hong Kong, said on Facebook that it was "shameful" of organizers to wait until the last minute to cancel the majority of the event. "In April you said that some sports were cancelled, but that otherwise everything else was on track," he added. "Some of us traveled from halfway around the world and incurred great expense which could have been avoided if you had been more honest. Very disappointed."

Asselin added, "[I am] feeling disappointed and a little betrayed that most #OutGames sports competitions have been cancelled mere hours before scheduled starts. I hope the board can find a way to redeem themselves and do something for the thousands of athletes that trained for months and traveled so far to compete. This is a sad day for the LGBT Sports Movement."

Joey Tai, of Toronto, didn't mince any words on Facebook. He wrote, "Are you fucking people kidding me right now?! Do you have any idea how much money we dropped to attend?! Not to mention uniforms, loss of wages, loss of vacation time, etc. Expect to be sued if we do not get at least our registration money back."

Tai had updated his Facebook profile photo this week and wrote, "Looking forward to playing in the 2017 World OutGames … ."

Bobi Dea King said on Facebook that she spent $6,000 to attend the OutGames, coming from Australia—and had been planning the trip for two years.

Iain Ohkura traveled to Miami from New York City and, of course, was livid that the OutGames had been cancelled. But he seemed to take a positive approach on Facebook: "We will turn Miami/Fort Lauderdale into a gaytastic time by ourselves. Pick up beach volleyball, sand soccer, kite flying, Frisbee, whatever. Let's unite and do our own opening on the ceremonies etc. We are too good to let it get us down."

Also, a 2017 World OutGames Alternative page has been started on Facebook.

The first OutGames in Montreal got off to a controversial and rocky start. The event was a break off from Gay Games when the host city declined to sign the Federal of Gay Games contract and cancelled their relationship just two-and-a-half years before the 2006 event. Chicago submitted another bid and won the right to host Gay Games VII, and Montreal launched GLISA and OutGames. The Montreal event ultimately lost millions of dollars, while the Chicago event broken even and had larger participation. Nonetheless, OutGames continued, but did switch to being held the year prior to Gay Games, and in recent years there were negotiations happening to attempt to merge the two quadrennial events. Those negotiations broke down, and now it would appear that they would be done.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Amateur, a trans memoir of masculinity, boxing and being a man 2018-09-19 - Thomas Page McBee is many people: a husband, an uncle, a brother, a son. He's also the first trans man to fight in ...


Gay News

Chicagoan raises money and pride walking to fight HIV/AIDS 2018-09-19 - Christopher Pazdernik was filled with fear and shame that day in 2009 when he learned he is HIV-positive. "I was so embarrassed and ...


Gay News

Sykes, Rippon speak at Chicago House event 2018-09-19 - Being one's "authentic self" was the theme as comedian Wanda Sykes and athlete Adam Rippon headlined Chicago House's 2018 Speaker Series and Luncheon ...


Gay News

WORLD Cuban president, trans athlete, Trinidad and Tobago, Dua Lipa 2018-09-19 - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage, BBC.com reported. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raul Castro in April, said he ...


Gay News

Chicago Smelts, three decades of swimming 2018-09-12 - Thirty years ago, a group of gay men ( Mark Schoofs, Mike McGuire and Damon Mackert ) formed a swimming club called the ...


Gay News

Fujikawa first male golfer to come out 2018-09-12 - Tadd Fujikawa, 27, is the first professional male golfer to come out as gay. According to Outsports, Fujikawa said he came out because ...


Gay News

Hundreds take part in Ride for AIDS 2018 2018-09-11 - The 15th Annual Ride for AIDS Chicago—the signature fundraising event of Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), and which had a new ...


Gay News

Former Chicagoan Oostenbrug snags gold at Gay Games 2018-09-11 - Paul Oostenbrug was honored during the opening ceremony of Gay Games 10 in Paris with the highest honor from the Federation of Gay ...


Gay News

Chicago pro-tennis tourney names winners 2018-09-11 - While players such as Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams grabbed headlines at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, New ...


Gay News

Chicagoan honored by wrestlers group 2018-09-09 - Wrestlers WithOut Borders has selected the 2018 winners of its two highest honors: the Dermody Citizenship Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.