Thanks to some robust fundraising and a generous scholarship program, hundreds from highly underserved countries and communities have been brought to the Gay Games to witness “participation, inclusion, and personal best™” first-hand and see the collective power of those values.
As the world’s largest sports and cultural event open to all, the Gay Games have created and nurtured a movement that has become among the greatest forces for community empowerment and social change.
Since 1986, Gay Games Scholarships have been awarded to nearly 1,000 underfunded individuals from 70 countries, providing a life-changing week of acceptance and encouragement that the recipients would never have experienced otherwise.Help the Federation of Gay Games "Change the World" by helping send athletes and artists from all over the world to Paris 2018 - Gay Games 10! Join us in our cause of promoting equality in sport and culture, since 1982!
Throughout the year The Federation runs a number of campaigns to raise funds for the FGG Scholarship Program. Sign up to keep up to date with these campaigns and more on how you can get involved with FGG and help send athletes from around the world to the Games.
The Federation of Gay Games “Ten for 10”.
Over the coming months and as part of our Scholarship fund raising activities, we will deliver to you ten empowering and personal stories from Gay Games participants and previous scholarship recipients to help raise money for the Federation’s ‘Gay Games 10 Scholarship Fund’.
Since 1986, The Federation of Gay Games Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly 1,000 scholarships to underfunded recipients from 70 countries around the world, enabling them to attend the Gay Games and providing a life-changing week of acceptance and encouragement.
Your donations enable recipients from the LGBTI+ community, in countries where the daily struggle for equality is harsh and often dangerous, to experience “participation, inclusion and personal best™ first-hand and see the collective power of those values.
Please enjoy these “Ten for 10” stories and help The federation of Gay Games “change the World” by helping send athletes and artists from all over the world to Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10. Join us in our cause of promoting equality in sport and culture, since 1982!
JEFF SOUSA, CDG BRASIL, Florianopolis, Brasil
"I always loved sports and health but I was painfully shy. During university, where I received my degree in physical education, I knew I was attracted to other men. But I wasn’t being transparent; I wasn’t being ‘me’ at home, at work and with my friends.
I decided to search the Internet for non-government organizations and LGBT+ sports. I found two organizations: CDG Brasil, and the Federation of Gay Games. I realized in that moment there are more people working for a better place and environment to LGBT+ athletes, artists and advocates.
Through their scholarship program, I was able to make a presentation at the 2014 “Building Bridges” symposium, and participate in Volleyball at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland that summer. My team captured a gold medal. When I returned, I came out to my family, and also came out on Brasil national television in Brasil. Through my work with CDG Brasil, with the support of the FGG, we produced Rio 2016 Olympic Pride House and a multisport festival in conjunction with Sao Paulo Pride 2017. And in October 2017, I became the first Latin American member of the FGG Board of Directors.
The Gay Games helped me to grow to be a man: an out and proud Gay man, a human being. And I am an out and proud professional physical education teacher who provides events and activities through my work with CDG Brasil and now, the FGG.
I believe in a better world where the differences about your gender or orientation aren’t a problem. Every day I still need to fight for my life, for my privacy and personal space. The Gay Games help me to see the world every day with open eyes, and how can I achieve completeness in my work and my life".
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