CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland and Akron might seem like odd choices to host the 9th international Gay Games, but organizers of the weeklong, Olympic-style event say that’s exactly the point. They’re hoping that bringing the Games to the Rust Belt will help chip away at barriers that persist between the gay and straight communities.
As many as 30,000 people from 51 countries and 48 states are expected to visit Cleveland and Akron during the Games, which begin Saturday evening with the opening ceremonies at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Games offer more than 35 events, including traditional sports like track and field and basketball as well as events like rodeo and ballroom dancing.
The Games conclude Aug. 16 with closing ceremonies at the Games’ festival village next to Cleveland City Hall.