The Board of Directors of Team New York decided at a board meeting June 7 to publicly reaffirm its long-standing commitment to the Gay Games, and to the founding principles and vision of the international LGBT sports movement, which began with Dr. Tom Waddell and is carried on today by the Federation of Gay Games organization.
Catharina Tjiook, Female Vice-President of Team New York and participant at Gay Games IV and V stated: 'Team New York has been a major supporter of the Gay Games from the very beginning. Our mission has always been involved with helping New York-area athletes, artists and their organizations and supporters participate in the quadrennial Gay Games, and we do not expect to shrink from that mission in the foreseeable future.'
Shep Wahnon, Male Vice-President and participant at Gay Games III, V and VI stated: 'We cannot always control how other organizations choose to present information about Team New York, its mission or its position on LGBT sports issues, and thus it is important that we go on record to prevent possible misunderstandings or misrepresentations of our position.'
Chicago Games, Inc., host of Gay Games VII Sport and Cultural Festival scheduled for July 15-22, 2006, will be hosting three benefits in the upcoming weeks.
'The Last Sunday in June'—Saturday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. At the Bailiwick Theatre, 1229 W. Belmont. When an old friend arrives and announces that he's getting married—to a woman—Tom and Michael's circle of friends is turned inside out as they reevaluate their understanding of what it is to be gay, proud and in love. The event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. and a post-show dessert 'meet and greet.' Tickets $30 and may be purchased online at GayGamesChicago.org by calling (773) 907-2006.
'Betty Rules – A Rockin' Musical'—Sunday, June 20, 2004 – 5 p.m. 'Betty Rules – A Rockin' Musical' at the Lakeshore Theatre, 3175 N. Broadway. Performance at 5 p.m. Tickets $30 and may be purchased online at GayGamesChicago.org or by calling (773) 907-2006.
'Bowling in the Burbs'—Saturday, July 24, 7 p.m. Join the suburban Nine to Twelve Bowling League and participate in a fun fundraising event in support of the Gay Games VII Sport and Cultural Festival. Bowling in the Burbs takes places at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines. Purchase online at GayGamesChicago.org or by calling (773) 907-2006.
See www.GayGamesChicago.org .