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Australian cities encouraged to bid for 2022 Gay Games

Australian cities are being encouraged to bid for the 2022 Gay Games, with the Federation of Gay Games calling for expressions of interest to host the games before the deadline on the 15th April 2016.

The games have not been held in the Southern Hemisphere since the 2002 games took place in Sidney, Australia.

The Gay Games are the largest LGBT sport and culture event in the world, open to all since 1982 and perpetuating the legacy of changing cultural, social and political attitudes towards LGBT people. The Federation of Gay Games outlines “the purpose of the Federation of Gay Games is to foster and augment the self-respect of lesbians and gay men throughout the world and to engender respect and understanding from the nongay world, primarily through an organized international participatory athletic and cultural event held every four years, and commonly known as the Gay Games.”

The next games are set to take place in Paris, France in 2018. The most recent Gay Games took place in Cleveland, USA in 2014, generating a total of $52 million in revenue for local businesses. Previous cities to host the games include San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and Cologne.

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