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Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Sun Nov 03, 2002 6:32 pm

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.
 
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Sun Nov 03, 2002 6:37 pm

*message of support for Mx5*

Just kidding  Laugh out loud

Seriously though, congrats  Big thumbs up

Are you participating?
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 1:15 am

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.
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 7:59 am

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!
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 8:50 am

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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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 10:35 am

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



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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 11:41 am

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

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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 11:56 am

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
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Mon Nov 04, 2002 1:10 pm

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

I thought that was Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 1:14 pm

I'm flying to provincetown next week, that's cool.
 
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 1:18 pm

Well, theres an event you can't miss. lol
 
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 1:35 pm

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

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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 2:01 pm

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???
 
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Mon Nov 04, 2002 2:31 pm

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?

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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Mon Nov 04, 2002 2:47 pm

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

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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Tue Nov 05, 2002 2:10 am

does NYC still have a gay parade? i know it was shut down for a while.. anyone know?
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Tue Nov 05, 2002 2:22 am

Yes, NYC still very much has a huge gay pride festival and parade in June. About 750,000 people attended last year.
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Tue Nov 05, 2002 3:01 am

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

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RE: Mx5_boy

Tue Nov 05, 2002 3:23 am

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.
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Tue Nov 05, 2002 3:34 am

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

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RE: Mx5_boy

Tue Nov 05, 2002 8:01 am

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.
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Wed Nov 06, 2002 5:05 am

Congrads, though I wonder about titling things as " Gay ________"... I'm slowing, but surely, starting to not see the point.
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Wed Nov 06, 2002 8:27 am

Why dont we have the "Straight Games"? LOL what the....
 
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Thu Nov 07, 2002 11:28 am

Ok..Mx5boy..can we go to the gay clubs at the end of November?
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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Thu Nov 07, 2002 4:27 pm

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

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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Thu Nov 07, 2002 8:29 pm

Mx5,

Turn your clown upside down!




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RE: Sydney 2002 Gay Games! * Yay*

Fri Nov 08, 2002 2:09 pm

ADG,

EErrrr, no thanks, the vile detestable clownfilth would probably vomit greasepaint all over my legs and shoes.

Arrrgghhh!!

***beware the greasepainted side***

mb

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