US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.
'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.
The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.
Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.