Get Yer Gayme On!

Gay Games ChicagoThe Gay Games are coming!

It all starts this weekend. Chicago is hosting the Seventh Gay Games and let me tell you, the city is abuzz. You’d think the actual Olympics were happening.

They might as well be. After all, Chicago is making a very passionate bid for the 2016 Olympics. And they’re using the Gay Games as a springboard for that bid.

Leave it to the gays to pave the way.

I have to admit, I was worried that the games would ever actually get off the ground. After the false start in Montreal and the late start for Chicago, and then with Montreal holding their own version of the games (Called OutGames); everyone kept wondering “HOW are they going to pull this off?”

But I have a feeling it’s going to go just fine.

Now that being said, I don’t know of many people in the local community that have blazed trails to the ticket booths to get tickets for the events. In fact, I know of nobody. The main ticket sales have been to out-of-towners. And that’s just what our grand old city wants. Tourists. Visitors. People who maybe have never been to Chicago before.

As for me, I’m most excited because I’ll be meeting Hot Toddy for the first time in person. He’s making the trip here just for the Games, and was kind enough to invite me along to see Margaret Cho on Sunday night. Now how could I pass up that kind of offer?

And I’d love to see the Opening and Closing Ceremonies… but I don’t have tickets yet, and quite frankly, I really can’t afford them right now. It sucks being poor. But if I can scrounge up the money, I’m there.

As for the competitions… I only know of one person competing. A friend of mine is actually going to be in the bodybuilding event on Tuesday. I would love to see him, but don’t know if I’ll get out of work in time to catch it. Remains to be seen.

Oh… and this isn’t him. But he is pretty, isn’t he?