Sunday, August 01, 2010

Quote of the Day

[German] Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle delivered the opening address [of the Gay Games] in Cologne's Rheinenergiestadion. Homosexuals are asking for respect, not privileges, he said. Westerwelle's male life partner, Cologne entrepreneur Michael Mronz, was in attendance.

The Eighth Gay Games, also considered the world's largest rally for the rights of gays and lesbians, are being held under the motto, "Be part of it!" Held every four years since 1982, the Cologne games are the first to been held in Germany.

Pop singers Taylor Dayne and Agnes performed amid a colourful, choreographed show featuring 1,500 participants. The opening ceremonies included the lighting of a flame. Nearly 10,000 athletes from 70 countries were expected to compete in 35 disciplines, including same-sex pairs figure skating, billiards and chess. The oldest competitor is a 92 man from the United States who plans to compete in body building.

- "Gay Games Open in Cologne"
Earth Times
August 1, 2010

Recommended Off-site Link:
Be Part of It! - Gay Games VIII

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
The Gay World Cup
Making a Splash
Openly Gay Diver Wins Olympic Gold
Daniel Kowalski: "I Can No Longer Fight Who I Am"
A Message of Hope (and a Call to Action) from the Land Down Under

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