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Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*  
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Guys,

The 2002 Sydney Gay & Lesbian games have opened with a huge ceremony out at Stadium Australia - home of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

I am proud to say that I have friends who are participating in this event which is all about fostering friendship between communities worldwide. It is an event to show that we are just like everyone else and can have our *own* cultural festivals that include everyone else as well.

*Anyone* can attend or participate the G&L games - it's open to everyone, and that is the beauty of the event.

I would like to thank all the people who have been planning and co-ordinating this huge cultural festival - and most of all the people of Sydney who have supported the event. And good luck to all of the competitors.

Sydney? You've done it again!!!! ****yay****

Messages of support would be great!

mb

A citizen of the gayest city in the world - and proud of it.

26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

*message of support for Mx5*

Just kidding  Laugh out loud

Seriously though, congrats  Big thumbs up

Are you participating?



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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6225 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

You guys in Australia are lucky you get all the good gay events- unlike Daytona Beach, Florida- lol . I wish it could be closer but its to far away for me to fly all the way to Australia.
Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Ahhhhhhhhh! I live in Sydney! I went to the airport last Saturday, I was surprised that there're lots of gay people in the airport! Oh dear! I can't believe it...

BTW I'm not gay!



The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offline767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

I spoke to friends who went to the Opening Ceremony and they said it reminded them of the Eurovsion Song Contest. Oh deary me!!!!!!!


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User currently offlineADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

I hear they sacrificed a mime and Victa'd a clown .....



VH-ADG


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Tbar,

Thanks, I have a couple of friends in events, Hockey and running.

Chepos,

I think it was a sterling effort on all the participants from accross the planet who *fundraised* within their communities to travel the huge distance here.

Flyboyoz,

Why are you surprised? There are lot's of gays in Sydney at any given time. LOL

767er, (AKA Kate Leigh the sly grogger.)

I was expecting a bitchy comment from the likes of you. Not dissapointed either. LOL  Big grin

ADG,

*Of course we slayed a mime and clown - I was the master of ceremonies for that. *

mb

C.R.F. (Clown resistance front.)


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

sydney is the gayest city on earth? i did not know that, I would have guessed miami, or san francisco. (mick, san fransico area!!!!!)  Big grin


Go big or go home
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

>>A citizen of the gayest city in the world - and proud of it.

I thought that was Provincetown, Massachusetts.

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

I'm flying to provincetown next week, that's cool.

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Well, theres an event you can't miss. lol

User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Uhhh.... exactly what games do they have in mind?

 Laugh out loud

-Roy


User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

Umm i don't think calling Sydney the "gayest city on earth" is anything to be proud of. Last night i was watching the news with about 10 other people and most of them were embarassed to have Sydney portrayed in this manner. Why have a seperate Gay games? Why can't gays/lesbians participate in the normal olympics instead of haveing their own olympics? What's so special about them???

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

Positive rate,

They are a minority group in the community and for whatever reason are not at all times fully represented in the community. As mx5_boy already pointed out, all people are eligible to enter. What I would like to ask you is - why NOT have a gay games? What harm are the gay and lesbien community inflicting on the world by promoting health, international cohesion and athleticism?

Regards,

QANTASforever


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

Positive Rate,

Why have the gay games? (read the beginning of the thread) Actually it's the largest amateur sporting event in the world and *ANYONE* is welcome to participate. Not just gays and lesbians. And why on earth would anyone be embarrassed you twit? Don't you remember the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic games? Gosh mate the closing ceremony was sooo camp [Sydney Gay Community dance party] mode even I was shocked slightly but also proud. The gayness of Sydney was portrayed to the world. Has it stopped tourists because they are afraid of encountering raging poofs in the street? Embarrassed indeed. Get over it. You should be proud of your city for being the tolerant and lively and beautiful place that it is.

Aah16,

Miami, NYC, Chicago, Cologne, San Fran etc etc all have large gay populations but they are not quite in the leauge of Syndney. In that respect I mean how well received and respected the gay community is. And how we no longer feel we *all* need to live in the gay ghettos' so to speak. Attitudes to gays / lesbians in my city are exceptionally good which makes us all much more tolerant of others. And gays and lesbians do *participate* in so called sporting events - just because your gay doesn't exclude from the national events. Cripes, do you really live in Sydney?

Pilot113,

I've been to Provincetown.. For part of the year maybe but it's still just a *town* not a *city* of 4.5 million people.

Sydney is a place where you can walk down the street holding your partners hand no matter what race, colour, religion or sexual preferance. Tollerance and love of all peoples give us hope and makes us better people. Something religion or oppression simply cannot.

BTW - To my Singaporean friends - the Singaporeans who marched out in the opening ceremony had the hottest *uniforms* on show!! LOL

mb

mutilate a mime

***C.R.F.***





User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

does NYC still have a gay parade? i know it was shut down for a while.. anyone know?


Go big or go home
User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Yes, NYC still very much has a huge gay pride festival and parade in June. About 750,000 people attended last year.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1409 times:

TWF,

Sydney's huge Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, at the height of it's popularity had over 1 million people cram the city at one stage for the *parade* up Oxford Street. The past few years have seen around the 500k - 750k marks - still pretty good for a city with a 4.5million population.

Does Fire Island still happen the way it used too?

mb

C.R.F.


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1407 times:

Yes, Fire Island is still as popular as ever. We were thinking about buying a share for next season, but we decided to take a gay cruise on the Danube River instead - couldn't afford to do both.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1403 times:

TWF,

Lucky you, that's the beauty of living in the Northern Hemispere, you guys get all those things like *gayday* at Disney and such - a much larger population to draw to those events. I guess thats why when we have Mardi Gras etc it draws huge crowds as it's the big event except for our major dance parties.

I thought Fire Island was kind of *tame* when I went a couple of years ago - but then again I didn't know that many people there.

Same with Provincetown.... [insert wallflower mx5_boy]

lol

mb

Kick a Klown


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

Well, I don't know what wild parties y'all throw down under, but F.I. is pretty intense at night... all night parties, naughty things going on in the woods, lots of drugs, etc.... Not my scene, but the beach is absolutely beautiful, and I think it would be fun if a group of close friends shared a house. However, it's really expensive, and we have a house in Florida that we like to visit 2-4 times during the summer, so I think we'll just shoot for a couple of day trips out to F.I. next summer.

Would LOVE to make it to Sydney sometime.



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

Congrads, though I wonder about titling things as " Gay ________"... I'm slowing, but surely, starting to not see the point.


The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Why dont we have the "Straight Games"? LOL what the....

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Ok..Mx5boy..can we go to the gay clubs at the end of November?


The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Flyboyoz,

You can go to any *gay or lesiban* club anytime you want to. And *yes* [insert lightbulb lighting up] gays & lebsians attend the Olympic games just like any other normal people do (as we are).

The only time that the G&L community has enforced a rather strict policy for events - and that is only ever the big dance parties - and this is illustrated on the tickets when you buy them:

(on my last Sleast Party ticket)

"This is a Lesbian & Gay event. Please think carefully before you invite your guests."

There were problems in the early 90's with *hoods* from the suburbs wanting to prove they were real men bought tickets to gay and lesbian events and harrassed us for no good reason. You will not get into a G/L bar here if you look intoxicated or aggressive. [insert dress code as well]


Everyone else,

Sydney put on another stunning day today with warm temps and immaculate clear blue skies. I was on the ferry home to Cabarita (which happens to be on the same run as Homebush Bay - Olympic Park) and it was chokkas full of Gay Games visitors, participants and spectators. It was like a party atmosphere outside - the sun shining and someone playing dance music on the deck. *Go Sydney*

Oh and a bunch of Lessies from Adelaide were thrilled when the Rivercat we had was good ole' Dawn Fraser (River & Supercats are named after Olympians - Dawn is a lessie) -they yelled and cheered. Everyone gay & straight got into the atmosphere.

*We are family* was played. Auuugghhhh! I met so many new people in the space of 40 minutes that when I left at Cabarita (3 stops before Homebush Bay) the whole crowd of people out the front cheered and waved to me as I disembarked!

And I was just going home....

*yay* to the Gay Games and the visitors to my city who have behaved so wonderfully and have bought so much cheer and fun after the awful events in Bali that shook us and made us sad.

And an even special thanks goes out to all those in Sydney that have made our G&L friends welcome and made them feel at home. Particularly the crew on todays ferry who joined in the impromptu festivities!

Civility, compassion and joy lives where I live.

mb

clown=frown


25 ADG : Mx5, Turn your clown upside down! VH-ADG
26 Mx5_boy : ADG, EErrrr, no thanks, the vile detestable clownfilth would probably vomit greasepaint all over my legs and shoes. Arrrgghhh!! ***beware the greasepa
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