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FGG Statement on Anti-Gay Violence at OutGames in Copenhagen
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FGG Statement on Anti-Gay Violence at OutGames in Copenhagen

July 28, 2009

Statement from Federation of Gay Games concerning Attacks on LGBT athletes in CopenhagenSubject: FGG Statement on Anti-Gay Violence at OutGames in Copenhagen

We condemn the violent attacks against LGBT athletes and spectators during the OutGames taking place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. This week we are all Copenhageners and we stand in solidarity with OutGames organizers and the very gay-friendly people of Copenhagen against this kind of violence.

Our thoughts are with the runner injured by the explosive devices at the Track Stadium today and the people who were attacked on Sunday. We are pleased to hear that all injuries have been minor and that runner will still likely be able to compete. We extend our full support to all the participants at the OutGames.

Copenhagen has a reputation as one of the most LGBT friendly places on earth. Even there, we are reminded that our community still faces those that would deny us our basic human rights, even the freedom to run in a track meet in safety. But we will not be discouraged; rather, we will run, swim, jump, throw, grapple, volley and perform at events like the Gay Games and OutGames, celebrating our right to love who we want.

Media coverage of the two incidents:
http://www.cphpost.dk/news/crime/155-crime/46396-gay-attack-isolated-incident.html

http://www.outandaboutnewspaper.com/article/3605

http://politiken.dk/newsinenglish/article759119.ece

About The Federation of Gay Games:
The Federation of Gay Games is the international governing body that perpetuates the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event's founding principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best". The Gay Games were conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and were first held in San Francisco in 1982.

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