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International Games

The Gay Games was the first of its kind for LGBT Athletes and Cultural Participants to be able to compete and Medal under the core values of "Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best" Since the first Gay Games in 1982 held in San Francisco there is an every growing interest in the world of LGBT Sports and Cultural programming and competitive events. Many of the major sporting groups have developed their own International Organizations similar to the International Federations in mainstream sports, following many of the same rules and regulations within their event.

In 2005, the Federation of Gay Games which holds the responsibility of licensing the "Gay Games" terminated their license agreement with the City of Montreal over contract and financial disagreements. The City of Montreal was originally selected to host the 2006 Gay Games VIII which was later awarded to the City of Chicago, IL, USA. Team Chicago, local community, City, State and private corporations and volunteers got together to pull off a very successful Gay Games VII - "Where the World Meets!".

The City of Montreal and the organizers continued their efforts to host a competing international sporting, human rights and cultural event and the birth of the First World Outgames was celebrated also in 2006. Since the completion of both multi-sport events in 2006, both the Federation of Gay Games and the GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association) have continued to hold quadrennial events across the world. Many continental and other international multi-sport organizations focused on promoting LGBT participation have also been created and participate as members in each of these international licensing bodies.

This section of the Team Chicago website will both introduce you to and also work to promote various international events that Team Chicago is formally supporting and sending delegations to. Participant scholarships may be available to some of these events.