Diversity and inclusion being the core principles of the Gay Games, both amateurs and professionals are welcome to register online to take part in any of the sports events being held in the course of this action-packed week next summer. Here’s how you can sign up to become one of the 15,000 participants.
If you would like to take part, you need to register on the event’s official website. Registration will remain open until (and including) 30 June 2018. The registration process takes around 15 minutes. There is a limit to the number of participants per event, so register early to be sure you’re included in the competition.
Conditions of entry
Who can take part in the Gay Games? Everybody! It doesn’t matter whether you’re competing solo or in a team; whether you’re gay, heterosexual, male, female or transgender; whether or not you’re a French national. All you need is an e-mail address, photo ID and an online payment method.
The factsheet for each sporting event features readily identifiable logos showing which disabilitycategories can compete. If you have an impairment, please check whether the sport of your choice is available to you before registering.
There is a registration fee for each event, ranging from €20 to €110. This is in addition to a progressive base rate (i.e. the price increases the nearer you get to the deadline when booking). The base rate gives you access to the opening and closing ceremonies, an official participation medal, free entry to the Gay Games Village, and a 5-zone public transportation pass to be used in the Paris metropolitan area.
This year, for the first time, participants can opt to purchase cancellation insurance covering a fairly wide range of eventualities for an extra €5.50.
Through its Outreach programme, the Federation of Gay Games is offering 500 scholarships to enable athletes from cultures or regions of the world where it is particularly dangerous to be openly LGBTIQ+ to attend the Games.
The Federation also authorizes crowdfunding and sponsorship by private sector brands and corporations to enable financially challenged athletes to get brands, institutions and individuals to cover their expenses. Athletes can use sponsor logos on their competitive gear, but they are not allowed to promote alcohol, tobacco or pornography.
The Federation of Gay Games does its utmost at each new edition to encourage as many people as possible to take part. The official website gives candidates lots of ideas about how to fund their participation.
The Federation actively seeks volunteers to support the project and ensure it thrives in the long term. There are many ways to get involved, from being a greeter in the Games villages to helping publicize the Gay Games. Anyone can sign up online to volunteer at this lively international event, and use their skills to contribute to its goal of equality for all through sports and culture.