Federation of Gay Games inspects DC sports venues & DC Gay Games 2022 Rally
The DC Gay Games Bid Committee for the 2022 Gay Games is hosting the Federation of Gay Games Site Inspection team 28 June - 1 July. I serve as one of three, Bid Committee Co-Chairs. The Bid Committee developed the plan to visit key venues, evaluate transportation and a few more social activities to introduce the Federation Officials to Washington DC and our ability, enthusiasm and commitment to host the best ever Gay Games. This is what Day 1 in DC looked like.
We started with our bi-weekly DCGG2022 Bid Board Meeting. David and Annette attended and participated freely in the discussion. The meeting also allowed the Bid team to introduce themselves to FGG officials. We finished the day with a large, diverse, energetic, enthusiastic and loud rally in support of bringing the Gay Games to Washington DC in 2022. Our Mayor eloquently repeated her strong endorsement for the games.
We visited the Harman Center for the Arts, home of the Shakespeare Theater Company. Different Drummers, LBGT Band, leadership and Harman Center staff led the tour.
The National Mall is the site for kick ball and the marathon. It was a perfect day to be on the Mall.
Racquet Ball and Squash will be hosted at the George Washington University.
Rowing will take place at Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac, upriver from the iconic Kennedy Center for the performing arts and just down river from Georgetown University. Thompson is home to the Georgetown and George Washington Universities' men's and women's rowing programs, many high school, and club programs. Members from DC Strokes Rowing Club, the largest and oldest LGBT rowing club were on hand to support the tour. DC Strokes is my club and with them, I won a silver in the Gay Games IX in Cleveland.
We'll use the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage to support cultural programming. Millennium Stage programming is free and open to the public. I wouldn't mind adding "performed at the Kennedy Center" to my actor's resume!
Buffalo Billiards which is the longtime host for the Stonewall Billiards league will be the venue for billiards and darts. Buffalo Billiards, located in DuPont Circle, has long supported the LGBT community. It's a huge sports bar that boasts 14 pool tables.
The Historic Lincoln Theater is the chorus venue. The Lincoln Theater is located in the U Street corridor, one of Washington's many entertainment and dining destinations. U Street, historically, is the home of DC's Black Renaissance.
Gay Games 2022 Opening Ceremonies will take place at a venue so new it has been built yet! Audi Field will be the new home of DC United, our professional soccer team. The facility is scheduled to be complete in 2018.
Gay Games 2022 Track and Field will take place at Gallaudet University.
The 28 June 2017 Gay Games Community Rally at the National Museum of the American Indian was a huge success and a lot of fun. Inclusion and diversity are key planning considerations in everything the Bid Committee has done. It was so exciting to see plans materialize. The crowd at the rally was about 2,000 strong, enthusiastic and diverse. And I'm not just tossing "diverse" around. We had millennials, people with disabilities, women, people from everyone Ward in our city and Maryland and Virginia, and people from various religions and across the LGBTQ spectrum. DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Congressman Steny Hoyer, our neighbor and friend in Maryland were there. Both spoke forcefully for their full support to bring the Gay Games to DC. All present, sent a clear message. "Bring the Gay Games to DC! We are ready!" No one sent that message clearer than DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Highlights from the rally. Thanks to everyone who made it a success!!!