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Westerwelle to kick off Gay Games in Cologne this summer

DPA/The Local · 25 Mar 2010, 13:43

Published: 25 Mar 2010 12:12 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Mar 2010 13:43 GMT+01:00

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On July 31, Germany's first openly gay minister and vice chancellor, who is in a long-term relationship with entrepreneur Michael Mronz, will kick off the quadrennial games at the Rhein Energie Stadium.

Westerwelle's participation was a “clear signal for more tolerance and acceptance of homosexual people in our society,” Gay Games Cologne 2010 director Annette Wachter said, adding that organisers hope this will enhance how the athletes are received in their daily lives.

More than 12,000 athletes from around the world are expected at the games, which run from July 31 to August 7 in the city.

The first Gay Games event took place in 1982 in the California city of San Francisco with the aim of fighting discrimination against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

Its 35 competitions include football, track and field, swimming, body building, bowling and golf.

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12:40 March 25, 2010 by vivien_charlotte
"More than 12,000 athletes ......., which run from July 31 to August 7 in the North Rhine-Westphalia capital."

Um....So is it gonna be in Cologne or the NRW capital - Düsseldorf???

Come'on The Local...you can do better!!!
12:53 March 25, 2010 by whatzup
Maybe he should enter the games himself. Is there a competition for clowns? That way he could bring along his boyfriend along at the games expense.
13:05 March 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
i look forward to see Guido in Spandex!
13:25 March 25, 2010 by Legal E
Why can we not have a "Straight Games"? By doing this then this only increases the stigma. The persons sexual orientation should not affect their sporting performance. It is the same as the Black music awards. Why not have a "White music" awards?

A line should be drawn on having Gay this Gay that.... it should be dispelled and then the stigma also goes.
13:50 March 25, 2010 by Frenemy
People can be so damn retarded. "Gay Games"? ....?

The very existence of this publicity stunt is in fact a de facto declaration that homosexuals are socially "handicapped" (like the "Special Olympics") by their sexual orientation and requires political attention because as rest of "normal" humankind is concerned, their way out their on the fringe of sexual deviance (kinda like NAMBLA).

Way to set your cause back 20 years, homies!!
13:50 March 25, 2010 by The Local Germany
Thanks to those who pointed out that the capital of NRW is in fact Düsseldorf. Oops!

We've corrected the article (and booked ourselved onto a geography course).
00:35 March 26, 2010 by whatzup
Ballroom dancing...of course. How about flower arrangement? There's a demanding activity thats sure to be a hit with gay olympians.
00:47 March 26, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it just seems inappropriate to have a high level government official doing such a thing. If people insists on being gay, then let them. But to have elected government officials promoting such an event is too liberal.

We all know about Germay's past. And as a result, the country has to be really cautious about what it does. However, it does not mean that Germany should support every form of liberalism there is. Without standards, you are like to allow anything to happen.

All of this is proof that the intellectuals should feel obligated to step forward and take on decision-making roles.
14:03 March 26, 2010 by biker hotel harz
Lesbian Holocaust Memorial? Gay Games? ! Are you kidding me. I've never lived in such a rediculously PC country (UK excepted of course, which is even more fckingu tonto then DE).

The reality is, Germany is a country of prudes and outlandishly prudish attitudes and behavior .

Ever been to a swinging club in Germany? Thought not. Most of the 'activity' involves discussing beer belly girths what's to eat. Quite the most absurd situation I've found myself in. Sorry, I meant been told about.

By the way, is Westerwelle really Gay or just pretending so he can open something up? Just wondered.
14:07 March 26, 2010 by Deutschguy
@logic guy: You aren't living up to your screen name. First, people don't "insist" on being gay. They're born that way. It's not a choice. Second, your statement "every form of liberalism" is vague and nonsensical. What does that mean exactly? Tolerance and equal rights for gays is not "liberalism", it's basic fairness.

These other stereotypes and jokes about flower arranging, etc. only mean to me that more gay/lesbian specific events need to take place, in order to educate the rest of us and to minimize exclusion based on sexual orientation. Being known to be gay probably means that you're drummed out of sports organizations and teams, whether at the amateur or professional level.

We all need more tolerance and a lot more education, if these comments are typical.
20:16 March 26, 2010 by Talonx
With the exception of Logic Guy, everyone here has expressed their opinions in a civil manner. There are alot of people on this board that don't seem to understand what piviledge means. I'm guessing those of you posting, 'what's the point' are either straight white males or just idiots (not the same thing). Being a straight white male means that nothing about your identity has ever stopped you from doing anything you wanted to do (within reason). If you are a straight white male, I don't think you shouldn't like yourself, but you should be aware that not everybody has it so lucky.

Let's put it this way, sexuality shouldn't matter, but it does, everyday thousands within the non-straight community are treated like the scum of the earth, people talk about their normal desires being degradations, and tell them that they are going to hell while glorifying the mommy-daddy relationship ( talking 'family values' is a vieled way of talking about who's having sex the right way, btw). Wouldn't you think that it would be hard to like yourself in such an environment? That's what 'out and proud' is all about and that's what gay games are about. Please just take a single moment to think about that, think about what it's like to be something that is discriminated against. If your answer is, 'but I'm discriminated against as a straight white male', then you should consider getting medical help for yourself, you might have to live in a hospice center, having an IQ below 80 and all.
10:48 March 27, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Well, "Logic Guy," congratulations. You have now added homophobia to your reactionary right-wing "christian" pedigree. Perhaps you and your god-fearing brethren can offer workshops and counseling sessions to help gays overcome their chosen affliction. For a nominal price, of course.
15:29 March 27, 2010 by Talonx
Bikerhotel, you must live out on a farm somehwere, haven't you ever heard of FKK or been to any of the world famous electronica venues in Germany?
20:09 March 27, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, again, unusual people are often misunderstod. I lived in San francisco for 10 years. As many of you may know, it is one of the most gay friendly places on earth. And while there, I came to know many gay people. And we had countless conversations and got along very well. Over time, I become quite popluar in the city.

There are many people in San Francisco, including Gays and Jews, who would say that they NEVER, EVER, heard me say negative things about ANYONE. Why can't all of you be like me?

What's wrong with trying to be morally perfect?

The more unusual you are, the more lonely you will be, especially if you are an intellectual. When some aspects of your IQ is above 250, then surely you are going to have problems in society.
21:34 March 27, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Logic Guy:

Some of my best friends are black, too.

And if your IQ is above 250 (or even some aspects of it), peschvogel is Albert Einstein.

I know, pal. Perfection must be hard to live with. You have my sympathy.
23:09 March 27, 2010 by Talonx
Logic guy, regardless of what your IQ is, high IQ does not equate to good critical thinking. High IQ means that you are able to reason out a number of abstract problems, but it does not mean that you are any better when it comes to morality or ethics than the next person. Regardless, I think what most people are taking issue with here is that you used language which makes it seem as if you believe being attracted to members of the same sex is a choice (i.e. a choice in the same sense that the decision between a coffee or an espresso is a choice). If you want to be taken seriously maybe you should retract that statement. All modern psychological, genetic, and anthropological research disagrees with you.
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