Gay Games

Gay Olmpic Games I, San Francisco 1982

From the Advocate, August 19, 1982

FRNY participated in the first Gay Games in San Francisco in 1982.  The Games were originally called the Gay Olympics, but had to change their name because of a lawsuit filed by the US Olympic Committee. Because sports culture in the United States has only recently made strides in being more welcome to gays and lesbians (e.g., the first openly gay NBA player didn’t come-out until 2013), the Gay Games as well as gay sports clubs provided a way for gay people to participate in competitive sports without fear of being ostracized.  In 1982, FRNY had 11 members participate in the first Gay Games.  Members of FRNY have participated ever since, which include:

- 1982, 1986—San Francisco, CA
- 1990—Vancouver, Canada
- 1994—New York, NY
- 1998—Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
- 2002—Sydney, Australia 
- 2006—Chicago, IL
- 2010—Cologne, Germany 
- 2014—Cleveland and Akron, OH


Steve Gerben (2011), Front Runners NY – The Early History, available at:

NY Daily News, (2013), “Jason Collins Comes Out of the Closet: Athletes and Fans React on Twitter”, available at:

Gay Games History

Curated by Anthony Cocciolo, 2015.

Gay Games