Plans for One World Event, Uniting Gay Games and GLISA, Called Off

By Matt Swenson, March 9, 2016

One World Event, a dream competition uniting the world’s top LGBT sporting groups, remains just that: a dream.

The Federation of Gay Games announced in late February it was breaking off talks with the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association about the proposed unified event in 2022. Instead, the federation is redoubling its focus on its 2018 competition in Paris and recently launched its site-selection process for Gay Games XI in 2022.

“We concluded such a venture would be high risk,” Gay Games co-president Joanie Evans said in a statement of One World Event. “We could not justify the major investment required to launch a new organization now.”

Greg Larocque, founder of GLISA North America and president of the North America OutGames, described the news in an email as “disappointing, but not overly surprising.”
As of January 2016, One World Event remained a distinct possibility. Larocque said the initiative was driven by a demand from the LGBT community eager for one mega-event. It would combine the best of both the Gay Games—a huge competition featuring more than 30 events—and the OutGames, which also includes a human rights conference and cultural events.
Alice Tejada, president of Team Saint Louis, which is organizing the 2016 North America OutGames May 28-June 4, was cheering for One World Event to come to fruition.

“There needs to be some sort of happy medium for both organizations to come together,” says Tejada, who has participated in both the Gay Games and OutGames.

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