Denver still in the running for the 2022 Gay Games

Beach volleyball during the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland. (Courtesy of the Federation of Gay Games.)
Beach volleyball during the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland. (Courtesy of the Federation of Gay Games.)

In July, Team Colorado USA announced their intention to bid for Denver to host the 2022 Gay Games.

Well, the deadline is here.

By midnight Wednesday, Denver 2022, the group behind an almost two year effort to bring the games to Denver, will submit an approximately 300-page application to the Federation of Gay Games in order to put the Mile High City in the running to host the 11th Gay Games, Denver Business Journal reported.

The Gay Games were first hosted in San Francisco, California, in 1982 as a “vehicle of change,” according to the Federation of Gay Games. Thirty-four years later, the games are going strong, with the U.S. hosting five out of nine past games. Paris will host the 2018 games.

This marks the first time in the Gay Games’ history that Denver has made a bid, spokesperson Tony Smith told Denverite, back in July. It is also a notable change in tone for Colorado, a state that has historically turned down large and costly events, like the 1976 Olympic Winter Games.

In July, 11 cities announced an intention to bid for the 2022 Gay Games. Since then, the number has narrowed to nine.

Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in the U.S. and Guadalajara, Mexico, and Hong Kong, internationally, are also still in the running.

Preliminary applicants will be narrowed to three cities by February 2017, with a winner announced in October 2017.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

Subscribe to Denverite’s newsletter here.