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Gay Games a success

The fundies couldn’t rain on the parade of gay athletes getting together to celebrate friendly competition. Even the hot weather couldn’t stop them. (365gay):

For organizers there was a collective sigh of relief – the games went off without a hitch despite near record breaking heat throughout the week. And these have been the most successful and profitable in the history of games.

The Federation of Gay Games Flag was slowly lowered and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley escorted it for the ceremonial transfer to an official from Cologne, Germany, the host city of the 2010 Gay Games.

Athletes from some 60 countries embraced one another – some may never see one another again, others made promises to catch up in 2010, and others said they would see each other in Montreal in a week’s time for the first Outgames.

BTW. blogger and activist Keith Boykin snared a gold medal in wrestling.

Did anyone see Petey at Steamworks? Peter LaBarbera was supposed to put in an appearance at Steamworks in Chicago yesterday, proselytizing to folks in town who may have ambled over to the club. He invited a few friends, as you know. From his release:

The vigil will begin with a media availability tonight (Saturday) at 3246 Halsted St., at 5:00, directly in front of Steamworks, which calls itself a “gym” but is actually a sex club (bathhouse) where men go for anonymous sex with other men. Speaking will be two former homosexuals, James Hartline (who contracted HIV at a bathhouse) and Greg Quinlan; and Dr. John Diggs, addressing the health risks of homosexual behavior.

Steamworks and another gay bathhouse, Man’s Country, were official sponsors of the Gay Games.

Following the media appearance there will be a night-long peaceful informational outreach in front of Steamworks. Pro-healthy-life volunteers will be passing out Christian tracts containing the story of former homosexual Steve Bennett, and a flier alerting men to the dangers of homosexual practices.

“We care about gay men enough to tell them to stop practicing degrading and potentially lethal behavior,” said Peter LaBarbera, Executive Director of Illinois Family Institute.

You have to read the post up at Ex-Gay Watch about Pete’s planned shenanigans for media availability at 5:30 for his little song and dance. Tim Kincaid’s noted “it isn’t clear to me why LaBarbera thinks that peak visiting hours would be at 5:30 but perhaps it’s based on his history.”

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