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Chicago's 2006 Gay Games
Declared a Financial Success

At one-year anniversary, Chicago closes books on Gay Games VII

We mourn the death of our friend and London gay sports leader Ivan Bussens on August 27, 2007.

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Gay Games VII Photo Book Published
More than 1,000 images in new 4-color Book

The excitement and joy of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago are captured in a new 208-page 4-color glossy photo soft-cover book available online from the Web site www.lulu.com. The book features more than 1,000 images of the sports, culture and ceremonies of Gay Games VII, which were held July 15-22, 2006.

"We are very excited to support the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and its ongoing mission," said author and publisher Tracy Baim. "All proceeds from the sale will go to the important work of the FGG. We wanted a book to show off the amazing contributions of thousands of athletes, cultural participants, volunteers, board, staff, sponsors, donors and more. It is an added bonus that it can benefit the FGG."

Explore Cologne Germany
Site of Gay Games 2010

This is information that is being presented to travel writers and gay & lesbian media worldwide to help create visibility for the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany. Early bird registration for the Gay Games closes December 31, 2008. Details and registration information are at www.games-cologne.com.


Located on the Rhine River, Germany’s oldest city, Cologne, offers visitors a glimpse into its rich past, filled with architectural masterpieces and cultural institutions while keeping up with the quick pace of the modern world. In addition to its most famous landmark, the Cologne Cathedral, the city has numerous attractions from bustling shopping districts, beautiful gardens and world-class art museums, to dynamic shopping centers, entertaining nightlife and relaxing excursions just minutes outside the city. In Cologne, which has an estimated gay and lesbian population of 100,000, Gay Games visitors will encounter a variety of bars, clubs, restaurants and special events suiting every personality.

Official Gay Games DVD Now Available
Ceremonies, athletes, culture and the City of Chicago once again take center stage in full-length film

Just in time for the holiday gift season, the organizers of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago have released a feature-length DVD with more than two hours of coverage from the huge July sports & cultural festival. With national distribution by Wolfe Video, the DVD is available for sale for US$19.95 online at WolfeVideo.com.

Culled from 200 hours of raw video footage taken by a dozen camera crews throughout the week, the DVD captures all of the action and spirit of the Gay Games.

The two hour feature film includes athlete interviews, highlights from both Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and chapters featuring the 30 Gay Games sports. Great bonus features include photos and a tribute to Gay Games Founder Tom Waddell.

Gay Games Chicago Statement on Chicago Selection as U.S. Bid City for 2016 Olympics
Chicago organizers of the 2006 Gay Games issued the following statement today following the announcement by the United States Olympic Committee that Chicago had been selected as the U.S. bid city for the 2016 Olympics:

"We extend our hearty congratulations to Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago 2016 Committee Chair Pat Ryan, and the entire Chicago 2016 Committee on the successful presentation to the USOC. We know from experience the commitment and emotion that goes into a bidding process and we thank them for their vision and perseverance.

Remarks from Chicago
Mayor Richard M. Daley
Gay Games VII Opening Ceremony, Saturday 15 July 2006

On behalf of all the people of Chicago, I’m delighted to welcome you to the seventh Gay Games.

I want to acknowledge the Co-Chairs of Chicago Games, Suzanne Arnold and Sam Coady, Vice Co-Chairs Tracy Baim and Kevin Boyer, as well as their staff and all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make these games a reality. I would also like to thank the Federation of Gay Games, for choosing Chicago as the 2006 host City and for carrying on the vision of Tom Waddell.

Chicago is pleased and honored to have been selected to host this historic event, and you could not have chosen a more appropriate site.

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