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Team Chicago provides individuals and organizations with the opportunity to participate in sporting and cultural events according to their personal interests and capabilities. Team Chicago’s mission is to provide support to the LGBT community, furthering participation, inclusion, and pursuit of personal best.

We do this through promotion, outreach, and sponsorship.

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Team Chicago Upcoming Board Meetings

At our May board meeting, the board members present agreed to maintain the First Monday night schedule for our future meeting. As you may recall, we agreed on a three month trial period.

So with that, please save the date for our next Board Meeting on Monday, June 4th from 7-9 PM at the Center On Halsted. Meetings going forward from June through January will continue to fall on the first Monday of each month, please put those dates on your calendar as well.

June 4th
Jully 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
December 3rd
January 7th

Please consult the COH Events Calendar posted in the elevators and at the front desk for the meeting roomm on the day of the meeting.

2018 One Quadranneal Event Update

After two years of collaborative efforts, joint meetings and feedback from membership of both International Bodies that comprised of sports and cultural organizations around the world. The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay and Lesbian Sports Alliance (GLISA) who each individually are responsible for the licensing of their respective quadrennial international multi-sport sports and cultural events -- The Gay Games (FGG) and the Out Games (GLISA) both announced in separate press releases via their respective websites this week that an agreement can not be reached to for both organizations to collaborate on one single event in 2018.

Members of the board and delegates for Team Chicago to the FGG have been intimitely involved in the various meetings and internal communications over the past two years provided the following statement today on their Facebook and Twitter feeds>

"Team Chicago supports the legacy, history and value of both the FGG and GLISA and applaud the hard work and efforts both organizations have put forth for trying to bring the LGBT World together through the goals of 1QE over the past two years. Our members look forward to participation in Out Games III in Antwerp, Belgium 2013 and the 9th Gay Gaymes in Cleveland/Akron 2014 and other similar International LGBT Sports and Cultural Competitive Events."

FGG's Press Release on May 10, 2012:

GLISA's Press Release on May 6, 2012:

FGG Year End Update from Co-Presidents

The following is a letter to Team Chicago from Co-Presidents of the Federations of Gay Games... As you can see the Team Chicago Delegation is well represented and the Federation is off to a great year ahead!

Dear Gay Games Friends,

This note is an update of FGG activities during the past few months.

Federation of Gay Games 2011 Annual General Assembly

The Federation is pleased with the success of our 2011 Annual General Assembly, which was held in Toronto, Canada. Over 60 delegates from North America, Europe, and Australia convened for a three-day meeting. The Federation was informally hosted by one of the newest FGG members, OutSport Toronto, the LGBT multi-sport organization of Toronto. Special thanks to Mac Gunter, new delegate from OutSport Toronto, who provided so much help in making this AGA possible.

Several new Officers were elected. A new feature this year was the "meet the candidates" forum prior to elections, where delegates had an in-person chance to meet and question the candidates. Three interim appointments were confirmed for the remaining year of their two-year term: Jennifer Forward (Melbourne) as Officer-at-Large/people coordinator, Marc Naimark (Paris) as Vice-President for External Affairs, and Kurt Dahl (Chicago) as Vice-President for host relations.

Reelected for a new two-year term were Emy Ritt (Paris) as Co-President, Jon Baldan (Sydney) as Vice-President for Operations, Paul Oostenbrug (Albuquerque) as Vice-President for Membership, Doug Litwin (San Franciso) as Officer for Marketing, Sebastien Datiche (Tours, France) as Officer for Sports, Paul White (Sydney) as Officer for International Development, Dennis Sneyers (Chicago) as Officer for Site Selection, and Sonia Abécassis (Paris) as Officer-at-Large.

Elected for the first time were Sonya Jaquez Lewis (Denver) as Officer at Large, Shamey Cramer (Los Angeles) as Officer for Ceremonies, and Roger Brigham (Oakland) as Officer at Large. Last week, Michael Tolliver was elected as Officer of Culture and David Killian was elected as Officer of Development.

Memorial Moment

A highlight of each Annual General Assembly of the FGG is the Memorial Moment. This year the event took place under the direction of Brent Nicholson Earle just before the important closing session of the meetings, with Kyle Chang (delegate from Team Chicago), Bettina Dietmann-Winter (board member from Munich), and Mac Gunter (delegate from Outsport Toronto) reading names, and Barbara Strewinski (delegate from SC Janus, Cologne, and 2010 Volunteer of the Year), Erica Munoz (delegate from Team Chicago), Tom Nobbe (executive director of Gay Games 9), and Wessel Van Kampen (co-president of GLISA International) carrying out the quilt ceremony.

Gay Games VIII

Following Games Cologne’s final report, FGG Delegates applauded Cologne for Gay Games VIII, noting the excellent sport events, the great village, and outstanding volunteers. The Games Cologne team had a very strong presence in Toronto with all key leaders attending, including Annette Wachter and Michael Lohaus. Games Cologne is still working diligently to finalize the financial outcome of Gay Games VIII."

Gay Games 9

The hosts of Gay Games 9 (2014), the Cleveland Special Events Corporation, presented reports to the Assembly. The FGG Assembly was impressed by the status report from Cleveland-Akron, and, in particular, the hiring of sports manager Rob Smitherman.

1QE 2018

Several sessions were held during the 2011 AGA in Toronto to present and discuss the 1QE 2018 project. GLISA Co-President Wessel van Kampen travelled from Rotterdam for the week to participate in the meetings.

FGG Members expressed their support for 1QE 2018 and provided feedback for many of the proposals. Members expressed their support for the proposed name “Gay Game – Out Games – Together 2018”. There was strong support in favor of “no proxy voting” during 2018 Site Selection. Members reiterated their support for the 1QE negotiations as carried out by the 1QE Working Group under the auspices of the FGG Board. Kurt Dahl announced that the RFP will be shared with FGG members and stakeholders before distribution to potential bidders.

The 1QE Working Group continues its negotiations, under the auspices of the FGG and GLISA boards. FGG Board and the 1QE Working Group recognize the importance of the FGG Bylaws and principles and are aware of concerns from some members. The membership reiterated their support for and the importance of the need of a successfully organised 1QE "Together in 2018”.

More information about the 1QE meetings and discussions are posted on webex in the General Assembly forum. Additional teleconferences will be scheduled with FGG members, Honorary Life Members and Gay Games stakeholders as soon as there is a slate of proposals to review.

Olympian/Founder Dr. Tom Waddell remembered on World AIDS Day

On World AID Day, we celebrate Dr. Tom Waddell, the founder of Gay Games and 1968 Olympian. The Gay Games remains the largest international LGBT Sporting competitions who provide opportunities for those with HIV and AIDS to fully participate and medal in novice to high level sports and cultural competition. In addition, participants are able to compete against others who are not living with HIV or AIDS side by side. We also celebrate the many lives who continue to live or who have been lost in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Please consider supporting Team Chicago or the many organizations that make a difference in the world!