“Paris is hosting the 10th Gay Games, a sport contest modelled after the Olympics aimed at promoting the rights of the LGBT community.
Six years before hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, Paris welcomes more than 10,000 people from 91 countries for the 10th Gay Games, a week of sporting events and cultural meetings.
The Gay Games’ aim is to fight against homophobia in sports and promote diversity, but participation doesn’t require an athlete to be a member of the LGBT community.
The event, which is being held in various venues all over the French capital from August 4 to 12, has received broad support from the French government.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Sports Minister Laura Flessel and French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier attended the opening ceremony, during which athletes paraded behind their respective national flags like in the Olympics.
Several participants come from countries where homosexuality remains a crime. Fifty-eight participants are from Russia, which in 2013 passed a law banning ‘propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations’…
France itself has been grappling with a recent surge in anti-gay acts as it eyes legalizing assisted reproduction for gay women in 2019 – a campaign promise by centrist French President Emmanuel Macron.”