''We are going to be put on an international stage now, not just national, not just state-wide, but international. And people are gonna know us for more than teams that don't win so often, a burning river..... We've not had something we can show the entire world that Cleveland, Ohio is one of the best midwest cities in the world.''
Jamie Moore a coordinator who helped attract the Federation of Gay Games to grant the winning bid to Cleveland, OH over Boston, MA and our own dear Washington, DC. Some here have questioned the decision, but reports from rally's held in Cleveland for the selection committee indicate impressive crowds of enthusiastic supporters did turn out. This is said to be the biggest event that has ever graced the city of Cleveland, and promises to bring the city tens of millions of dollars from tens of thousands of visitors. (Fox 8)
''Cleveland demonstrated to the Federation of Gay Games that they understood the mission of the Gay Games and our principles of 'Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.' We were highly impressed by the facilities and infrastructure, the widespread community support, their financial plan and the city‟s experience in hosting large scale sports and cultural events.''
Part of a statement put out by Kurt Dahl and Amy Ritt, co-presidents of the Federation of Gay Games. (GayGames.com)
Promotion video from Cleveland, Ohio's bid for Gay Games 2014:
Promotion video from Washington, DC's bid for Gay Games 2014: