Timeline GGSD 2026
Timeline of the milestones for GGSD2026.
The official website of San Diego's Bid to Host the 2026 Gay Games.
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 Best™. 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.Learn More
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.
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.
Money makes the world go round! We need your help in reaching our next milestone goal. Please consider donating $10, $25, $50! Whatever you can donate helps us inch closer to our goal. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We know there's a pandemic going on, so if you can't donate, share our page!
Here are the possible sports happening at GGSD2026!
Meet the team who put together the bid! Introducing the Gay Games San Diego Task Force!
We have surpassed Milestone #2, and are currently fundraising for Milestone #3! Please chip in today!
--- GOLD LEVEL +$750 ---
Jason Cook - Chris Powell - United States Gay Sports Network
--- SILVER LEVEL +$500 ---
Events.com - 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
--- SAN DIEGO LGBTQ+ LEAGUES ---
America's Finest City Softball League - Front Runners San Diego - Gay Bowling League
San Diego American Flag Football League - San Diego Sparks - San Diego Tennis Federation
Don't worry, everyone asks us the same four questions. Here you go!
The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that promotes acceptance of sexual diversity, featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes and artists. San Diego is trying to host the 12th Gay Games in 2026.
Help us reach our next milestone goal! Visit our GoFundMe Page! CLICK HERE! We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Sign up using our contact form below! We're currently looking for leaders in our community to help put together the bid. Join our team!
Hong Kong was the winners of the 2022 Bid. They will host the 11th Gay Games in November of 2022. It will be the first time that the Gay Games will be held in Asia. If you're interested in learning more about GGHK, check out their website. www.GGHK2022.com
The following cities have hosted the Gay Games: San Francisco (I-1982 & II-1986), Vancouver (III-1990), New York (IV-1994), Amsterdam (V-1998), Sydney (VI-2002), Chicago (VII-2006), Cologne (VIII-2010), Cleveland (IX-2014), Paris (X-2018).
Here are the EIGHT cities still in the running for Gay Games XII: Auckland, NZ; Brisbane, AU; Guadalajara, MX; Munich, DE; San Diego, US; Taipei, TW; Toronto, CA and Valencia, ES.
We currently have twelve letters of support from the following people and organizations: > Julie Coker, San Diego Tourism Authority > Mark Stuart, San Diego Foundation > Roger Cornell, MD > Todd Gloria, Assemblymember, 78th District > Hal Dunning, Marsh & McLennan Agency > Robert Gleason, Evans Hotels Group > SAN / CBX / TIJ Airports > Bruce Abrams, San Diego International Affairs Board > Shawn Dixon, San Diego Zoo > Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor, Fourth District > Carol Wallace, San Diego Theatres > Landon Donovan & Warren Smith, San Diego Loyal > David Bennett, San Diego Opera
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