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San Francisco/Hong Kong, 11th November 2019

130+ delegates, Honorary Life Members (HLMs), and observers of the international Federation of Gay Games (FGG) from 23 countries recently participated in the Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Guadalajara, Mexico from October 31 - November 2, 2019. The AGA was a great success!

The Hong Kong Team delivered two sessions to update members on the current state of planning for Gay Games 11. One presentation on the current situation in Hong Kong and the other outlining the progress of the Hong Kong team for the 2022 Gay Games.

While we fully recognize the troubles in Hong Kong continue, the FGG Board and the attending members are leaving Mexico committed to the Gay Games in Hong Kong which will be a spectacular sports and cultural event that will kickstart and foster LGBTQ+ connections among our communities in the city and region.

This will be the largest LGBTQ+ sports and cultural event ever held in Asia. 12,000 participants, 36 sports, and 20+ cultural events will take place over 9 days in November, 2022.

“Hong Kong is an opportunity to make a positive political statement by doing something that is fun and non-threatening and which can change peoples’ perspectives of what it means to be LGBTQ+,” said Gene Dermody, a participant in all ten previous Gay Games.

We believe in the power of unity that comes from diversity. The Gay Games 11 tagline, Unity in Diversity, is an extremely relevant message not just for the Gay Games but for Hong Kong at this difficult time.

For more information please reach out to:
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Who else is excited for the Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships?
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Long Beach Grunions
The Grunions had a great awards brunch and are jazzed to be going to the Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships in February. We can’t wait to hang out with the Glamourheads down under! Join us in Melbourne for the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Tournament. 📸 By Cory Lindabury!
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Our board members Sagi Krispin and Shea manning are in the Gay Games AGA where they met the amazing guys of the Mermaidsmex, a LGBT+ swimming club from Mexico City.
We are excited to interact with LGBT+ aquatics team from all over the world and welcome them to our community!

IGLA 2017 Championship Wraps on a High Note

Amid Challenges, IGLA 2017 a Resounding Success

As the 2017 IGLA Championship wrapped up on Monday, May 29 in Miami Florida amid challenges, Aquatics Athletes left the Sunshine State with a sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of community.  Swimmers competed at Ransom Everglades School, setting new national records & multiple personal-bests.  Diving and Water Polo contested at the University of Miami.  The celebration of IGLA’s 30th anniversary closed out to a packed crowd for the Pink Flamingo with special emcee & guest judge, Bianca Del Rio.

Our thanks and gratitude are extended to the Nadadores Swim Team for their incredible hard work in putting on an outstanding Championship, overcoming adversity, and truly showcasing the hospitality of South Florida.  To the countless volunteers who came together at the last minute, for their assistance at the pool and throughout all the aquatic events; accept the gratitude of all participants!

At the 2017 annual meeting, the IGLA membership awarded the bid for the 2019 IGLA Championship to New York City.  Of special note, the 2019 Championship will conclude with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of World Pride in NYC, an event not to be missed!  Congratulations Team New York Aquatics!  Additionally at the annual meeting, the IGLA membership approved a proposal to adopt our new name, IGLA: International LGBTQ+ Aquatics.  The addition of T and Q include the trans and queer communities, and the + is inclusive of our straight, gender nonconforming, gender non-binary, and additional athletes who may not identify with the other letters in the acronym.

Thank you to the athletes, partners, spouses, family members, friends, volunteers, organizers, and countless others who provide the encouragement, love, and support to bring us all together as a Global, inclusive aquatic family!

Team Swimming Results

Congratulations to the following Team Winners in Swimming:

  • Nadadores of South Florida (Large),
  • Swim Fort Lauderdale (Medium),
  • Philadelphia FINS (Small)!

Official event results have been published to United States Masters swimming.  As of the time of publication, we are confirming that the same will be available to respective International swimming federations.

Diving Results

  • 3m Board
    • Women
      • First Place:  Joanna Andersson, Stockholm, with final total of 217.95
      • Second Place:  Pauline Ollén, Stockholm, with final total of 242.75
    • Men 30-39:
      • First Place:  Patrice Gilbert, Montreal, with final total of 350
      • Second Place:  Brian Gilbert, Chicago, with final total of 248.8
      • Third Place:  Jonathan Emerson, New York City, with final total of 217.6
    • Men 50-59:
      • First Place:  Steve Figg, Chicago, with final total of 325.7
      • Second Place:  Luis Bahamon, West Hollywood, with final total of 226.45
  • 1m Board
    • Women
      • First Place:  Pauline Ollén, Stockholm, with final total of 240.35
      • Second Place:  Joanna Andersson, Stockholm, with final total of 208.55
    • Men 30-39:
      • First Place:  Patrice Gilbert, Montreal, with final total of 329.45
      • Second Place:  Jonathan Emerson, New York City, with final total of 208.1
      • Third Place:  Brian Gilbert, Chicago, with final total of 207.15
    • Men 50-59:
      • First Place:  Steve Figg, Chicago, with final total of 289.8
      • Second Place:  Luis Bahamon, West Hollywood, with final total of 198.2


Water polo Results

Congratulations to the winning teams in Water Polo from IGLA 2017:

  • Competitive:
    • West Hollywood
    • Tsunami
    • Triggerfish
  • Recreational:
    • Boston
    • London Orca
    • Triggerfish

Uganda Kuchus Aquatic Team

Through the gracious support of many generous people, for the second year, the IGLA Championship has been pleased to welcome the Uganda Kuchus Aquatic Team (UKAT).

UKAT are the only LGBTQ+ swim team in Uganda.  IGLA 2017 represented an unparalleled opportunity for LGBTQ+ activists athletes from one of the most homophobic countries in the world to be a part of an international queer gathering, make connections with other LGBTQ+ people from around the world, and swim and compete in a safe, supportive atmosphere.  The Nadadores of South Florida generously provided housing.

In a country where it is illegal to be gay, the mere membership on an LGBTQ+ team is a courageous act.  IGLA is proud to stand with UKAT.  Our thanks go to all who have contributed to the fund to bring our Ugandan friends to Miami.


Congratulations to the New Board

Congratulations to our new Board members elected at the Annual General Meeting in Miami on Sunday, May 28. Pictured here, left to right: Evan Cobb (TNYA), Secretary; Andrew Peppercorn (Ohio Splash), Webmaster; Wonkee Moon (DCAC), Co-President; Nick Davidson (Tsunami Water Polo), Co-President; Amanda Eckler (TNYA), Treasurer; and Liz Carlin (Long Beach Grunions), Co-Chair. Not pictured: Diego Suarez (Nadadores), Co-Chair; Mike Stansberry (Making Waves), FGG Rep; and Sagi Krispin (Tel Aviv Nemos), FGG Rep.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Annual General Meeting. The Board appreciates your feedback.  It will help us set the course for the coming year.

Also thank you to our outgoing board members for their years of service: Randy Chamberlain and Jeremy Davidson, Co-Presidents; Ross Linderman, Treasurer; and James Balaguer, Webmaster.

Lessons Learned & Your Feedback

The Board is preparing our post-championship survey for distribution.  Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us.  Please take the time to respond when provided the survey link.  We will be compiling lessons learned and plan to share with the membership in the coming weeks.

Gay Games X: Paris 2018

With IGLA 2017 in the books, take the opportunity to register for Paris 2018 now before the price increases!  Learn more about Gay Games X and the IGLA 2018 Championship here.

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