This was my first ever AGA, I have been involved with the Gay Games since my first games which was the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany. From that point I was hooked, the experience was absolutely wonderful and it was hard to imagine that such a big event could be one of the best kept LGBT secrets. I also attended the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio and found it to be equally an amazing experience. However I was a bit frustrated, that our representation of the contingent from Colorado seemed to be lacking, there wasn’t much support for the athletes or any kind of cohesiveness under the wing of our “City/State Team” Team Colorado. I of course had all these grand ideas and visions of what Colorado and all our athletes could potentially be at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris, France. So I decided to get involved and am now helping to lead Team Colorado to be one of the biggest and most united contingents at the 2018 Gay Games.
I learned quite a lot! It was an overwhelming experience and definitely full of a lot of new opportunities to return to Team Colorado better prepared for Paris 2018. I took part in several committee meetings and voiced my opinion on many topics being discussed, including the sports that are offered, getting people more involved in the cultural events, site selection and many potential new things happening in the coming years! I also saw a sneak preview of Paris 2018 and met the leaders who are working hard to put together what will no doubt be one of the biggest Gay Games in history.
It’s hard to believe at first but every person involved with the Gay Games is a volunteer, they work very hard and it’s practically a full time job. However the people who are apart of it I saw were very passionate, many involved with the Gay Games since it began back in 1982 and worked with Dr. Tom Waddell. Even though there are always differences it’s really great to see all the people come together for a common goal. I was one of the youngest, if not the youngest person at the AGA but I am hoping I won’t be the only young person involved, as the legacy of the Gay Games will no doubt continue to enact positive change for LGBT+ in sport. Check out the original article here!