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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:13 PM

Obama: Orlando 'Ideally Suited' to Host Gay Games

In what appears to be a first for a U.S. president, Barack Obama has given his support to Orlando, Fla.’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

Obama wrote a letter of support to the organizing committee for Orlando, the only U.S. city seeking to host the 2018 games, according to website Watermark. He notes the role the event has played in advancing LGBT equality, a cause he backs as well, and says Orlando is “ideally suited” to be the site of the games.

He is “almost certainly” the first U.S. president to endorse a city’s Gay Games bid, Outsports reports, adding that the British and French prime ministers have backed London’s and Paris’s respective bids. Amsterdam and Limerick, Ireland, are also seeking to host the games.

“Obama’s endorsement is another sign of the mainstreaming of gays into society,” Outsports notes. “At one time, this would have been controversial but now it’s just a matter of protocol since these events do bring in tourists (and their money).”

http://www.advocate.com/sports/2013/02/12/obama-orlando-ideally-suited-host-gay-games

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:16 PM

1. Thanks, never heard of the Gay Games

I'll bet the opening ceremonies are Fabulous!

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:41 PM

3. Thanks Durham. nt

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