Di Kara Franker
The World OutGames Miami 2017 is underway. We are pleased to welcome the attendees, many whom are participating in the Human Rights Conference. Programming such as soccer, aquatics and country western dance will continue to take place as planned, despite cancellation of other sports programming. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is providing a Welcome/Information Desk at The National Hotel, Miami Beach, which will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the course of the OutGames.
Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year in our community. Throughout our community, the holiday weekend offers a full calendar of exciting and unique events for our visitors from around the globe including this year's National USA Salute to America's Heroes - Air and Sea Show Miami Beach.
Shining the Spotlight on Human Rights
Competition aside, one of the most important aspects of the World OutGames is the global conference on human rights that accompanies the event.
Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from May 26-29, 2017, the World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights will bring together some of the top human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars and organizations from around the world.
This conference will address topics pertaining to key issues in the LGBT community, including programing entitled: “Promoting Inclusivity in Sports,” “Health & Wellness,” “Global Social Justice” and more.
History of the World OutGames
First started by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) in 2006, this 10-day event is open to all participants, regardless of sexual orientation.
The first World OutGames were held in Montreal in 2006 with more than 18,000 participants, making it the largest international sports event at the time to take place in Montreal since the 1976 Summer Olympics.
The games welcomed representatives from 111 countries, including tens of thousands of athletes that competed in the actual games, plus individuals that participated in an international conference on LGBT human rights issues, as well as more than 5,000 volunteers.
Prior to being known as the World OutGames, the “Gay Games” were regarded as the preeminent sporting event for members of the LGBT community. Started in 1980 by Dr. Tom Waddell, the Gay Games built an international legacy of changing cultural, social and political attitudes towards the LGBT community worldwide, while also empowering the masses with the transforming benefits of sports competition. After the formation of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association, the WorldOut Games were born.
For more information about the World OutGames in Miami, please visit outgames.org.
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