Team China debuts at Gay Games in Paris - SupChina

Team China debuts at Gay Games in Paris

A team representing mainland China has made its Gay Games debut in Paris.

On August 4, 87 Chinese participants, including Chinese residing abroad, joined a parade of athletes and supporters at the Jean-Bouin stadium in Paris to mark the opening of the 10th international Gay Games, a one-week sporting event modeled after the Olympics dedicated to raising awareness of gay and transgender rights.

More than 15,000 participants from over 70 countries are expected to compete in 36 sporting disciplines. Among them, team China, comprising 87 individuals who are competing without official recognition from the Chinese government, is set to take part in games including basketball, tennis, swimming, and track.

The first Gay Games were held in San Francisco back in 1982. As a worldwide sporting and cultural event, it is open to people from all backgrounds, ages, genders, and sexual orientations.

Hong Kong is the host city for the next Gay Games in 2022.

Some photos from the Beijing LBGT Center:

Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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