James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

Monday, July 12, 2010

Archives July 2010 Gay Games

"Against the Rules: Lesbians and Gays in the Sports, a travelling exhibition about discrimination, angst and chances" will be on display at the Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum in Cologne, Germany. This exhibition of Gay Games memorabilia runs from July 30-August 8 in conjunction with Gay Games 8.

The exhibition will include T-shirts, posters, promotional literature, pins and, of course, medals. Several items from Gay Games 1-7 were selected from the Federation of Gay Games Records at SFPL's Hormel Center. We've posted a sample of the items that will be on view in Cologne.

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is the umbrella organization responsible for managing the international LGBT sports and cultural event, the quadrennial Gay Games. Dr. Tom Waddell, a 1968 U.S. Olympic decathlete, envisioned the dream of a multi-sport competition as a showcase for the gay and lesbian community. In 1980 he and others in San Francisco formed the San Francisco Arts and Athletics (SFAA) and established the Gay Games as an Olympic-style event. 1,350 participants from 12 countries gathered in August 1982 to compete in 17 sports. The Games have been held every four years since and are one of the world’s largest amateur athletic events drawing an average of more than 12,000 participants.

The mission of The Federation of Gay Games, Inc. is to foster and augment the self-respect of gay men and women throughout the world and to engender respect and understanding from the non-gay world, primarily through an organized, international athletic and cultural event held every four years commonly known as the “Gay Games.”

Following the Federation’s guiding principle of inclusion, activities are inclusive in nature and no individual is excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic/artistic ability, age, physical challenge, or health status.

The Federation of Gay Games Records (GLC 27) includes minutes, reports, correspondence, and administrative papers for the Federation and for San Francisco Arts and Athletics. The Records also include organizational papers and memorabilia from each of the Gay Games events. The Federation of Gay Games Records are available through the San Francisco History Center, 6th floor, Main Library.