Gay Games officially begin tonight in Chicago with an
opening ceremony featuring such luminaries as Megan
Mullally, Andy Bell of Erasure, Greg Louganis, and
Mayor Richard Daley. The event, at Soldier Field,
kicks off at 8 p.m. and will also include the symbolic
swearing in of the some 12,000 athletes from more than
70 countries expected to compete in the games.
The eight-day event, which happens every four
years, concludes next Saturday, July 22. Among the
300-plus sponsors for the games are such blue-chip
corporations as Kraft, Merrill Lynch, Nike, and Motorola,
which together with smaller businesses and individual
donors contributed $13.5 million, a massive rise
since the last American Gay Games in 1994 in New York.