Gay Games Aquatics

EuroGames Stockholm to host the 2015
IGLA World Aquatics Championships


EuroGames Stockholm is pleased to announce that it will host the 2015 International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) World Championships in conjunction with its cultural, sport and political programme. The aquatics championships held from the 5th to the 9th of August will include swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming and will be the world’s largest LGBTQ aquatics event of 2015.

- Our organization hopes that this collaboration will lead to a long-lasting relationship to further our mission of promoting aquatic sports, friendly competition of the highest standards and stronger ties within the international LGBTQ sporting community, says Scott Kohanowski, IGLA Co-President.

- We are happy to make EuroGames Stockholm an even greater international event as well as receive the recognition of IGLA, which has ensured high-quality aquatics competitions and defended human rights since 1987, says Jakob Jansson, EuroGames Stockholm President.

EuroGames is among the world’s largest LGBTQ-events, founded by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) in 1992 to combat discrimination, encourage integration, and promote the right to engage in sport, politics and culture – regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, ethnic origin, political beliefs, or athletic or artistic ability.

EuroGames Stockholm is a sports, cultural and political event which will take place between the 5th and 9th of August 2015 and is expected to attract over 5.000 participants and more than 250.000 visitors. EuroGames is held about three times per decade. Previous host cities include Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp.

IGLA is the world’s foremost international organization solely devoted to developing and promoting LGBTQ swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming. The annual IGLA Championships are the world’s largest LGBTQ-aquatics event and attract hundreds of participants from around the globe each year. The IGLA Championships were first held in San Diego in 1987 and most recently in Copenhagen, Honolulu, Reykjavik, and Seattle. The 2014 championships will be held in conjunction with the Gay Games in Cleveland.

Registration for EuroGames Stockholm and the 2015 IGLA World Championships is now open at the following link:

Follow Team EuroGames Stockholm for information, news and updates via:

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For more information, pictures or interviews please contact:

Niklas Torsell, EuroGames Stockholm 2015 or +46 +46 (0) 70 897 43 26

K. Scott Kohanowski, IGLA Co-President, New York or +1 212 382 6651

Copenhagen Celebrates 30 Years of LGBT Sports

Copenhagen Mermates

Come celebrate our 30th birthday with us! We invite you to a fun swim meet and water polo tournament in Copenhagen from august 27th to august 30th. Not to mention the parties around in the city.

Swimming was one of the first sports in PAN Idræt. Now you can choose between 11 different sports. Copenhagen is a great city to visit so we offer to host you during the PAN Games.

Come stay in a private home and save the cost of a hotel room. Please send an e-mail to to ask for hosted housing and a place to stay when in Copenhagen.

You can also join the Copenhagen Pride that same weekend and do the 2K open water swim in the canal around the Danish Parliament. Yes, the water is clean enough.

Visit the website:

Join us on Facebook –

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Copenhagen!

You’re not too late if you register before Thursday

If you register before Thursday you’re not really late

Did you enjoy the outdoors this weekend and forget to go online to register for the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation before the 31 May deadline?

Did you spill coffee on your to-do list and couldn’t read, “Register for the 2014 Gay Games“?

Well, you can register before Thursday and avoid the June $30 late fee for general registration. Don’t even put it on your to-do list, go here now and don’t miss the fun this August.

Already registered?

The Gay Games looks forward to hosting you this August in Cleveland+Akron. If you haven’t booked your lodging or made your travel arrangements, read on how you can secure the best available rates at more than two dozen hotels in Northeast Ohio.

Plan Your Visit: Reserve lodging and more


Have you reserved your lodging? The Gay Games has negotiated special rates that are the lowest available for 30-plus hotels in Cleveland+Akron. Make your reservations (no payment needed today) through this exclusive Gay Games lodging site.

The Gay Games website also has a helpful drop-down menu so you can pick your event and see the distance of each hotel to your event venue (some event venues have not been finalized but all are expected to be completed this fall.)

Please note that payment is not due for your hotel reservation through this site until July 2014.

Marriott is the official lodging sponsor of the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation. The Renaissance Cleveland is the official host hotel.

Limited campus housing is available. For more information or to reserve a bed, click here.

Visit Plan Your Visit at for the latest information.


Cleveland+Akron offers two destination airports (Cleveland Hopkins International and Akron-Canton Regional Airport) with easy and affordable access from hundreds of cities in the United States and one-stop connections for international travelers.

United Airlines is the exclusive airline partner for the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation. It serves both airports in the region. It offers a discount code to Gay Games registrants. The code is emailed to all participants upon completion of general registration.


Have you registered to participate in the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation? Register here.

General registration is required of all participants and enables you to march in opening and closing ceremony, receive the Official 2014 Gay Games Program, access to public and GG9-provided transportation and a participant medal. All registrations must be complete by 15 July. 

Avoid the June general registration late fee and use the code GoAllOut before the end of the month.

Once you have completed general registration, you can complete registration for your particular event(s).

Click here to register today.

A Few Weeks Before Cleveland’s Gay Games 9, a Swimmer Looks Back – and Forward

By Charlie Carson, IGLA Delegate to the Federation of Gay Games

For decades, no one had cracked the 20 second barrier in the 50 yard freestyle event (yards are commonly contested in U.S. high school and collegiate swimming).

But when Joe Bottom broke it at the 1977 NCAA Championships, he smashed it – to 19.70. A three-tenths of a second drop over just 50 yards or even 50 meters, when increments usually fall by a hundredth or two, is truly smashing it. Joe’s talent and training propelled him to the record, but there was another factor at play.

The 20-second barrier was broken at Cleveland State University’s then-new Robert Busbey Natatorium. CSU’s pool has proven time and again to be built for setting records, due to its depth (which provides buoyancy) and overflow gutters (waves dissipate over the edges rather than back at the swimmers).

Gay Games 9’s swimming competition will be contested over the international standard long course 50 meters in that very pool, and several women and men are looking to break existing masters marks there in August. Virtually all participants who show up in shape and ready to go will find that CSU’s pool will help them set personal bests.

In eight previous editions, Gay Games swimming increasingly has been held in world class facilities such as CSU’s and Sydney’s Olympic Aquatic Centre. Our events are fully sanctioned and are run by certified officials. Swimmers have set the most marks among all sports held at the Gay Games. But it took several editions to reach this standard of excellence.

After just the first day of swimming competition at Gay Games I in 1982, team representatives held a meeting in the spectator seating area of the small San Francisco State University pool to talk about how things were going.

We were still a little bit giddy from the opening ceremony and making new friends, but now we were getting down to the business of our sport. We wanted to do two things – start a contact list for future training and competitions, and discuss adjustments in the running of that meet (ad hoc relays that had been permitted on day 1 were discontinued; unusual age group divisions like 35-and-up would remain for this meet).

I remember several of us said we’ll run it more like a standard masters meet “next time.”

Next time, however, wasn’t guaranteed. A good number of the Gay Games organizers were either burnt out or a bit overwhelmed by the logistics, as well as the ongoing fight over the initial use of the word “Olympic.” Even Gay Games founder Tom Waddell said he was ambivalent about holding a second games.

They just needed a few good nights’ sleeps. San Francisco’s LGBT community and the city itself soon confirmed that there would indeed by a second Gay Games four years later. The new Gay Games II sports organizers – including Hal Herkenhoff, a tall, handsome blond swimmer known to his friends as Buffy – adopted feedback from 1982 to upgrade officiating and run competitions according to standard rules.

When we arrived back in San Francisco in 1986, networks of teams were growing within each sport. Several LGBT sports governing bodies, such as International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA), were founded by teams at Gay Games II. We enjoyed the fitness and camaraderie fostered by the Gay Games so much that we didn’t want to wait another four years for a next time. IGLA began the first of its annual championship tournaments just one year later.

Now we have 30 years of “next times,” with rules discussions largely in the past and a still-growing network of teams around the world.

A Gay Games is a very special next time. Each host city offers unique opportunities to celebrate and showcase the premier multi-sport world championships for LGBT adults and our friends.

Cleveland and Akron take the Gay Games to locations not commonly associated with the main centers of LGBT culture and activism – and that’s what makes this an important Gay Games. Every registered participant sends positive messages about sports and culture to people who’ve rarely or never pondered ideas of the LGBT community outside of a sexual context.

Yet we’re not giving up anything in the way of facilities in Cleveland and Akron – the sport and culture venues are superb with managers eager to host our events. Participants in sports like football, golf and athletics will be well taken care of and greeted warmly in Akron.

At the main hub in Cleveland, swimmers will enjoy what is arguably the fastest pool ever for a Gay Games. Diving will also be at CSU, and water polo is just a 15 minute bus ride east at Case Western University’s newly renovated pool (I hear Toronto is turning out in force for water polo). Open water swimmers will compete over half-mile, one-mile or two-mile distances at Edgewater Park in Lake Erie. And, as is now traditional, we’ll tickle the public’s and each other’s funny bones with the Pink Flamingo talent show event.

This time is Cleveland and Akron’s time to shine. Organizers are finalizing plans to showcase our talents and abilities not only to their region but to the world. If you’ve been on the fence about registering, I hope you’ll decide to join us for Gay Games 9 – and not wait until next time!

IGLA Goes All Out!

IGLA is excited to go all out at Gay Games 9 Presented by Cleveland Foundation in Cleveland and Akron. Right now use the code IGLA14 to get $30 off of your base registration fee until May 31.

IGLA is also giving away a Gay Games Registration package to one man and one woman. The terms of the contest are as follows:

Create a video, meme, Facebook post, Google + post, Twitter post, you tube video, tumblr post, photo collage, or other presentation about your favorite ménage à trois – you, IGLA and Gay Games 9.

social media

The post/video/whatever that gets the most likes, thumbs up, retweets, reblogs will entitle the winners, one male and one female (as self identified) to receive an IGLA Gay Games 9 Registration package.

The package includes:

  1. Base registration fee reimbursement (not to exceed $195.00)
  2. Sport fee for one of the following: Diving, Open Water, Synchro, Swimming, or Water Polo.
  3. IGLA Hoodie (These sold out at IGLA 2013).

The rules:

  1. After creating your post/video/whatever submit links to your submission to
  2. Include “IGLA Goes All Out” in the title and use the hashtags #IGLAGoesAllOut and #GoAllOut. For example “IGLA Goes All Out – Juanita Wants You”
  3. You may post/share the same content on multiple platforms and the aggregate likes/thumbs up will be used to assess your score. The content on multiple social media platforms must be substantially the same or clearly integrated. Unintegrated submissions will be treated as separate submissions.
  4. Collaboration in groups, teams, etc. is allowed, however, only one indivudal registration package will be awarded to a team or group submission.
  5. Teams may and are encouraged to promote or highlight individual or group entries.
  6. Proof of Gay Games Registration purchase required prior to award.
  7. Award is transferable by request and upon approval of the IGLA Board.
  8. Many will enter, 2 will win.
  9. By entering this contest, you grant IGLA a nonexclusive license to use your post/video/etc. to promote IGLA and the Gay Games.
  10. Contest ends July 19, 2014.

Questions regarding the Contest and rules can be directed to

90 Reasons to Register for Gay Games 9
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Register Now for Gay Games 9

Paris International Tournament

AQUAHOMO and PARIS AQUATIQUE, and on behalf of the French Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (FSGL), are pleased to invite our IGLA fellow members and board at our Tournoi International de Paris – Paris International Tournament ;-)


Date: 6-9 June 2014

Location: Paris, France

More than 2000 people expected to participate among 24 sports. Welcoming party in the heart of Paris, a place dedicated to us with show and performance.400 swimmers only for Swimming race, Synchronized Swimming, Diving and Water Polo An unforgettable Closing party