For those of you who may have missed it, London has made a determined bid to keep the Olympic legacy alive, by applying to host the 2018 Gay Games. Yes, this actually exists, I kid you not. The next ‘event’ will be held next year in Cleveland. And they actually think that there will be enough spectator interest to use some of the Olympic venues.
So what does the Gay Games actually involve? Perhaps games of ‘chase me’ or Twister? Or touch rugby? Well no, not those it seems. Putting aside silly stereotypes, it has a full array of sports such as cycling, football and golf. But also slightly unusual events such as rodeo and bodybuilding, as well as ‘Dancesport’, which apparently is competitive ballroom dancing. Well, if they have golf…
I dare say that most gay people would find the idea of a gay games slightly embarrassing. How about some inclusivity, rather than events exclusively for those of a particular sexuality? It’s not as though the Olympics are exclusively for heterosexuals. I can’t imagine any serious athletes will be involved, even though the Gay Games claims to have been ‘changing the world for over 30 years’.
According to their website, the prime objective of the Gay Games is ‘… to permit the process of discovery among the many groups within the gay community’. Hmm… how this would happen whilst competing in a sport?
Furthermore, they want to avoid the ‘… prevalent belief that “beating someone else” constitutes winning’ [it does].They ‘… wish to propagate the concept that “doing one’s best” creates an entire field of winners and redefines the notion of excellence’ [to include the non-excellent].
I hope that makes things clear. I know, it doesn’t really. To be fair, they do state that ‘competition’ is open to everyone. But why would heterosexuals choose to participate? Would men attend a Women’s Lib meeting? I think not.