IDK. Maybe it’s the venue hallway around the world and being held in not exactly a friendly LGBT country might have hurt it. You think?
According to Gay Games organizers sign-ups for the Games in Hong Kong more than 90% below target. Organizers blame Hong Kong’s covid-19 rules had previously hampered publicity efforts.
The games, which were postponed for a year due to Covid-19, will be co-hosted by Hong Kong and the Mexican city of Guadalajara from November 3 to 11 this year.
But many outside the organization are blaming their choice of venue. Other than the fact that the venue is hal-way around the world China is a notorious anti-LGBT country and while Hong Kong is a bit more LGBT friendly than the country itself. Same sex marriage is still illegal also The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance (Chinese: 香港人權法案條例; pinyin: Xiānggǎng Rénquán Fǎ’àn Tiáolì)[a] was utilized to struck down discrimination in the gay age of consent of 21 in the case of Leung TC William Roy v. Secretary for Justice (2005). However this does not protect against governmental discrimination in services and goods.
The organizers said they did not have figures for the number of people who had signed up for the event in Guadalajara.
The events will not be livestreamed and very few reporting agencies will be in attendance due to the venue.
Gay Games History
The idea for the Gay Games was conceived in 1980 by Tom Waddell, a gay Olympic decathlete, and Dr. Martina Navratilova, a lesbian tennis player. The first Gay Games was held in San Francisco, California, in 1982 and has been held every four years since then.
The goal of the Gay Games is to promote inclusivity and diversity in sports and culture and to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people to participate in sports. The first Gay Games in San Francisco in 1982 attracted around 1,350 athletes from the United States and other countries
Over the years, the Gay Games have faced challenges, including financial difficulties, bad venue choices, and opposition from some members of the LGBTQ+ community who believe that the event reinforces stereotypes and excludes certain groups.