"We don't have any comment about it," Carson said. "We
just don't think
it's beneficial at this point to go over it again.
Montreal went the
direction that they went in, so we just don't have any
adding to that. ... They're the ones that made the
decision [to go it
DIFFERENCES & DISCUSSIONS
Asked to comment on Baim's statement that Chicago
organisers have found
it "not an easy task" to work with the federation,
Carson said: "It's
human relationships. ... It would be naive of anyone
to think there
aren't going to be areas of discussion between a
governing body and a
host city. ... The difference here was the willingness
to engage in a
partnership, and that's been the positive thing we
found with Chicago."
Athletes from 109 nations are registered for the
organizers said. In Chicago, participants will come
from 70 countries,
"Eighty percent of European participants [in either
games] are coming to
the Outgames," Montreal's Roy claimed.
"If you want to play international, come to Montreal,"
Indeed, the list of nations represented in Montreal
that might surprise some people: Algeria, Bosnia and
Botswana, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Congo, Cuba,
Democratic Republic of
Congo, French Polynesia, Gabon, Ghana, India,
Indonesia, Ivory Coast,
Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, New Caledonia, Nigeria,
Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Syria, Togo, Uganda,
Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.
The Outgames was able to provide free registration and
lodging to 250
participants from poorer nations.
Chicago's Baim said it's not surprising the Montreal
games will be more
"There's a lot of anti-American sentiment and I don't
Europeans for that sentiment," she said. "There are
certain people that
will never come to the United States while we have
George Bush in power.
"The Gay Games has always been dominated by the United
added. "There were more athletes [in 2002] in Sydney
from the U.S. than
Prior to the Outgames, Montreal organisers are staging
Conference on LGBT Human Rights, from July 26-29. It
is being promoted
as the largest gay-rights conference ever.
Two thousand delegates are expected to hammer out a
Montreal," which will be presented at the games'
opening ceremonies and,
later, to the United Nations.
"The High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United
coming," Roy said. "We'll adopt the Declaration of
Montreal and, for the
first time in the world, bring it to the United
Nations, because they
never have had official recognition of the gay-rights
movement at the
In Chicago, the Gay Games opening ceremonies take
place July 15 at the
Chicago Bears' Soldier Field and the closing
ceremonies will be July 22
at Wrigley Field.
Star power comes in the persons of Kate Clinton,
Margaret Cho, Greg
Louganis, Megan Mullally, Cyndi Lauper and others.
The next Outgames is scheduled for 2009 in Copenhagen
and the next Gay
Games is slated for 2010 in Cologne.