Post submitted Tommy Lodge, HRC Membership Outreach Senior Manager

HRC is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 9th Gay Games, to be held in Cleveland+Akron from August 9-16, 2014 and presented by The Cleveland Foundation.  Close to 10,000 athletes from over 65 countries will converge in Ohio to participate in nearly 40 events running the gamut from cycling and rowing, to ice hockey and bodybuilding.   

The LGBT athletic community was brought out into the spotlight through Dr. Tom Waddell in the year 1980 when his vision for the games first developed.  Dating back to the first games in 1982 in San Francisco, the Gay Games have built an international legacy of changing cultural, social and political attitudes towards LGBT people across the globe, while empowering thousands with the benefits of sports competition. 

HRC will be present throughout the week at the 2014 Gay Games, talking to attendees from around the world about our work domestically and abroad.  We’ll have a presence at the festival village, pass out fun giveaways and host events.    

We encourage HRC members and supporters around the country to participate or volunteer.  The Gay Games are open to all adults regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability. As a benefit to HRC members and supporters, when you register with the code “HRCSOCHI," we'll provide you with a $10 discount off of the general registration fee.  Another $20 of your registration will directly benefit the Russia LGBT Sport Federation.  The Federation will use these funds to provided necessary gear and scholarships to out Russian athletes who are making the trip to Cleveland this August.

If that weren’t incentive enough, the first 1,000 registrants to the Gay Games will also receive a special promotional code to the HRC Action Center & Store, good for 15% of their next purchase.   Our line of Love Conquers Hate shirts are available in multiple languages, including Russian. And 100% of the proceeds from the T-shirt benefits Russian LGBT advocates. 

This August, we’ll hope you’ll join us in Cleveland+Akron. 

To sign up as a volunteer with the Gay Games, please visit click here. 

To register to participate the Gay Games using a discount code “HRCSOCHI”, please click here.

As part of our partnership, HRC will also be the lead sponsor of the marathon & half-marathon, celebrating those who push themselves via endurance races.  Interested in running a race on behalf of HRC outside of the Gay Games?  HRC is currently forming teams for four endurance races:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 12, 2014
  • The 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC – October 26, 2014
  • The ASICS LA Marathon/Marathon Relay – March 19, 2014
  • GA Publix Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5k in Atlanta – March 23, 2014

For more information on HRC’s Athletes for Equality program and how to participate, please visit

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