The Games

Click HERE for a Summary of TSL Athletes' Participation at the Gay Games, World OutGames & the Continental OutGames.

St. Louis, Missouri will be hosting the 2016 North America OutGames!



GLISA and FGG to renew discussions for One Quadrennial Event.


Click HERE to view letter from GLISA (Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association) to Federation of Gay Games (FGG)

Click HERE to view letter from Federation of Gay Games (FGG) to  GLISA (Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association)


Gay Games, Cleveland, OH 2014 - The Gay Games have a rich history—and Greater Cleveland is poised to become part of that history as the host of the 2014 games. Adding to the traditions ofSan Francisco,Vancouver,Sydney,New York City,Amsterdam,Chicago andCologne,Northeast Ohiois eager to welcome the 13,000+ artists and athletes from around the globe who are expected to participate in over 30 events at Gay Games IX.

In addition to the exciting sporting events, the Gay Games offers cultural events like concerts, theme parties, and exhibitions, as well as a festival village where athletes, community members, families, and other visitors can enjoy time together.  Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™, the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship since 1982. The Federation of Gay Games is the non-profit umbrella organization comprised of individuals and organizations from six continents that manages the Gay Games, safeguards its founding principles, and promotes the Games’ 29 year history of inspiration and achievement.


To register for the 2014 Gay Games IX, Cleveland+Akron, OH click HERE


Federation of Gay Games (FGG) - The mission of the Federation of Gay Games is to promote equality through the organization of the premiere international LGBT and gay-friendly sports and cultural event known as the Gay Games.

While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals, it is a fundamental principle of the Federation of Gay Games that all activities conducted under its auspices shall be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic/artistic ability, physical challenge, age, or health status.

Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship.

The Gay Games were conceived in 1980 by Dr. Tom Waddell as a "vehicle of change."

In 1981, gay athletes were a hidden and marginalized community within the greater marginalized and beleaguered LGBT community. Being gay and being an athlete was an either-or proposition: be a jock or be a queer. All of that changed when the athletes marched into San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium in 1982.

GLISA - NORTH AMERICA - The North America Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (NAGLSF) (dba GLISA North America) is a democratically governed, regional association of LGBT sport organizations in the United States and Canada. Modeled after existing multi-sport organizations, GLISA North America’s members are sport teams, clubs, and associations throughout Canada and the United States.

The work of GLISA North America can be described as the ‘four pillars’:

  1. to nurture and grow LGBT sport world-wide, year in and year out, through outreach, member services, and the sharing of knowledge and best practices among member organizations.
  2. to partner with mainstream sport, human rights and cultural organizations that share our mission to make all places safe for GLBTQ athletes to play
  3. to deliver North America Outgames, every four years with World Outgames in intervening
  4. to professionalize the GLBTQ sport movement by building Outgames sports capacity, Human Rights sensitivity, and GLBTQ culture awareness and recognition,

GLISA - INTERNATIONAL - The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) is an international gay and lesbian sport association. The focus of GLISA is developing gay and lesbian sport worldwide. GLISA does this through sanctioning world and continental games, creating a global calendar of LGBT sport events, fostering the creation of new LGBT federations, clubs and teams, supporting existing LGBT sport organizations, working in partnership with other sport organization to pursue this mandate, and providing the financial framework to support GLISA's global efforts. 

GLISA was formed out of the Montreal 2006 Gay Games VII organizers. When the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) withdrew sanction of Montreal, because of a dispute of the size of the event; and re-awarded Gay Games VII to Chicago. Montreal organizers vowed to continue nevertheless. Montreal found that EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation) was willing to sanction the event, and out of this sprung the new GLISA and the new sporting event, the World OutGames.