The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) has signed a contract with Cleveland Special Events Corp. to hold the license to operate the 2014 Gay Games, according to a press release. Co-President of the Federation of Gay Games Kurt Dahl and FGG Technology Officer Gene Dermody met with the new group in Cleveland Oct. 16.
The new organization represents the LGBT community and high-profile civic leaders of Cleveland. The City of Cleveland will continue to be very involved in assisting the worlds largest sports and cultural event to come to Cleveland-Akron, Ohio. Local tourism representatives with local LGBT sports, cultural and community civic leaders have joined forces to organize the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland.
Dahl said, "The high caliber of people and organizations that are part of this group is incredible and will help ensure wide support in the state of Ohio. I am very impressed to see Mayor Frank G. Jackson's involvement. Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 was helped greatly this year in Cologne, Germany, by the local city government and the German Foreign Prime Minister Guido Westerwelle."
Cleveland and Akron were awarded the games last year following a competitive bidding process. The Cleveland City Council passed legislation in support of the Gay Games in 2014. The games will take place in Cleveland Aug. 9-16, 2014.