History was made in Paris overnight when it was announced Hong Kong won its bid to host the 2022 Gay Games, making it the first Asian city to host the event.
Held every four years, the Gay Games is the world’s biggest cultural and sporting event for the LGBT community.
Hong Kong won over stiff competition from fellow finalists Guadalajara, Mexico and Washington DC.
‘This is testament to Hong Kong’s spirit and passion for increased inclusion and diversity; bringing the Gay Games to Asia and Hong Kong as host proves the growth in openness in the city and across the region,’ said Bid Chair Dennis Philipse.
Not only is it the first Asian city to host the games, it was the first Asian city to even bid.
‘This effort in itself is a milestone for our LGBT community here,’ the Hong Kong delegation said during their pitch.
‘We expect up to 15,000 participants and 25,000 spectators who will bring up to Hong Kong Dollars 1 billion to the local economy.’
The team said everyone in Hong Kong had been very supportive of the city’s bid to host the games.
‘Asia was very supportive of the bid – in social media, at business and community events in Hong Kong, and through government and tourism representatives all playing a key role in showcasing the city’s welcome to the Gay Games,’ said Hong Kong Bid Operations Director, Yannick Asselin.
Hong Kong had some famous supporters
Paris hosts the next Gay Games in 2018. The Hong Kong team has promised to work hard to deliver the best games ever.
‘Hong Kong has big plans over the next 5 years to ensure the 2022 Gay Games will become a trailblazer for increased progress in diversity and inclusion in the world’s most populous region,’ the team said in a statement.