“Allowing LGBT+ people to be their whole self”
“Enabling Athletes to Bring Their Whole Self to the Field, Pitch, Pool, Gym, Floor, or Court”
37 Years ago Olympic athlete Tom Waddell talked about not being a complete athlete, as he couldn’t bring his ”whole self to the athletic field”. He felt he couldn’t truly perform at his sporting best, with wasted energy spent on the worry of being "out" and covering up the fact he was a gay man. He knew he wasn’t alone and so together with a few other like-minded people he found the Federation of Gay Games, based on the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.
37 years later the Federation exists to "promote equality in and through sport and culture," with various activities around the world, culminating in the quadrennial Gay Games, the world’s largest sporting and cultural event open to all.
Furthermore, we now have organisations like Deloitte and "Out Leadership" (with openly gay CEOs of major global corporations) talking about "bringing your whole self to work" and striving for equality in the workplace. We’ve come along way since 1982, but in some countries being openly LGBT+ is not an option. It is a criminal offense and in some cases results in death.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is a global not for profit organisation with its office base in San Francisco, USA. In order for us to achieve our goals and work towards equality in and through sport we raise funds to support our activities as well as seeking volunteers to assist us in our projects.
There are a number of ways you can GET INVOLVED and support our work or connect with other FGG supporters.
If you'd like to consider starting a local LGBT+ sports organization, read the guide put together by our Membership Committee: How to start a new gay sports organization_v3.pdf
Whatever you do, you’ll be helping us touch and change the lives of thousands of LGBT+ artists and athletes around the world.