Gay Games San Diego

The Official Website of San Diego's Bid to Host the 2026 Gay Games! #GGSD2026 @GGSD2026

About Us

The official website of San Diego's Bid to Host the 2026 Gay Games.

  • One of eight cities remaining, started with 20 cities.
  • The ONLY city representing the United States.
  • Hasn't been held in California since 1986.

The mission of the Federation of Gay Games is to promote equality through the organization of the premiere international LGBTQ+ and gay-friendly sports and cultural event known as the Gay Games.

The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games are San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland + Akron (2014), Paris (2018), and Hong Kong (2022).

The Gay Games is built upon the core principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Bestâ„¢. Based on these values, since 1982, the Gay Games have brought together people from all over the world, with diversity, respect, equality, solidarity, and sharing. The Gay Games is open to all, young or old, athlete or artist, experienced or novice, gay or straight.

It is a fundamental principle of the Federation of Gay Games that all activities conducted under its auspices shall be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic / artistic ability, physical challenge, age, or health status.

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Timeline GGSD 2026

Timeline of the milestones for GGSD2026.

  • A record breaking 20 cities show interest in hosting the 2026 Gay Games. Deadline to submit Letter of Intent was 7/31/20. The San Diego Task Force has officially submitted their LOI on 7/30/20.

  • The field of 20 cities was narrowed down to 8 after 12 cities dropped from the competition. Australia, Europe, Asia and America are represented. Primary Bid Book Due 11/1/20. The San Diego Task Force has officially submitted their bid on 10/30/20.

  • 03 Milestone 3

    The Federation Gay Games has narrow down the field of 8 to the Top 3 "Short-List" on 2/1/21. Congratulations to Guadalajara (MEX), Munich (GER) and Valencia (ESP). The Top 3 Cities will then submit an expanded Bid Book by 4/30/21.

  • The Federation Gay Games will select the winning Bid and award the 2026 Host City by February 2022.



Here's our current status with fundraising.

PHASE 1 100%
PHASE 2 100%
PHASE 3 0%
PHASE 4 0%

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Meet the team who put together the bid! Introducing the Gay Games San Diego Task Force!

Jerry Buckley

He / Him / HisCo-Chair

Martha Henderson

She / Her / HersCo-Chair

Tyler Foerster

He / Him / HisTask Force
Sports Chair

Stephen Grooms

He / Him / HisTask Force
Operations & Finance Chair

Susan Guinn

She / Her / HersTask Force

Chris Powell

He / Him / HisTask Force
Communications & Marketing Chair

Nathan Kopp

He / Him / HisTask Force
Strategic Advisor

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We have surpassed Milestone #2, and are currently fundraising for Milestone #3! Please chip in today!

Bronze Medal


  • "Thank You" on Social Media
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  • Featured on Website
  • GGSD2026 Swag Bag/Tee
Donate $100

Gold Medal


  • "Thank You" on Social Media
  • Tag your FB/IG/Twitter Handle
  • Featured on Website
  • GGSD2026 Swag Bag/Tee
Donate $500

Thank You Donors!!!

---   GOLD LEVEL   +$750   ---

Jason Cook - Chris Powell - United States Gay Sports Network

---   SILVER LEVEL   +$500   --- - Jeffrey Jordan - Darrel Perry - Jamie Ventura

---   BRONZE LEVEL   +$250   ---

Anthony Bollotta - Dangilo Bonilla - Jerry Buckley - Robert Gleason - Phil Johnson
Seth Krosner - Rescue Agency - William Purves - Scott Sommers


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Get in touch with our 'Task Force' Team to find out how you can get involved by volunteering or donating to Gay Games San Diego!


1500 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

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