Gay Games 2010 Cologne: Overview

I’m back from a two week vacation that started off at the Gay Games in Cologne and ended up in Spain. I’ll save the Spain adventures for another post, and give you some info on how the Gay Games went.

I went to attend as a soccer player for one of the teams that Seattle sent. Seattle sent two teams, both placed in the second division. There were two divisions, with the first division being the more competitive.

The soccer events were some of the most attended. There were 28 teams in Div 2, and I think something like 20 in Div 1. That’s a lot of people. I wouldn’t want to be the one in charge of organizing something like that (and thank god that I’m living in Amsterdam for the 2011 Continental Out Games that will be held in Vancouver, or else I might have had a hand in the planning for that). Recognizing that soccer was a huge event, I do have some complaints. For one, we played way too many games in too short a time. 7 games, in 6 days. And we were supposed to play 8. We didn’t have much of a break, and my knees definitely felt it after.


The planning of the schedules could have been a bit better. Also, we had a couple minor injuries on the field, and the medical attention that was available wasn’t that great. One EMT van, NO ice, and seemingly lazy paramedics that would walk to the injury rather than hauling tail.

Complaints aside, I had one of the best times of my life. My team didn’t have much success on the field, but we stayed happy and made lots of friends from other teams. Oh, and I scored two goals :).

I didn’t get time to see many of the other sporting events. Some women’s soccer, some of the long distance running, and some beach volley ball. Other sports included diving, swimming, ballroom dancing (just for you Kevin), and chess.

The sports were only half of what makes the Gay Games so great. The parties make up the other half. My team tended to stick together, and we attended the soccer party which was held at a complex that also held the beach volley ball courts. It was a little rainy during the party, but they had a talent show (which was better than I expected), and lots of booze and music. Cover was only 5 euro, and the place was packed by the end. Definitely one of the highlights.

We also went to the Black Party. Now, bear bars, and heavy rave music isn’t really my scene, but I was curious to see what it would be like. Plus, Bel Ami was supposed to have a live porn show. Well, the other party goers didn’t wait for the Bel Ami boys to get on stage, the dance floor was their own porn studio. I saw many a blowjobs, and most times with more than two people involved. I saw a guy with at least inch and a half long nipples, and I saw a lot of leather and harnesses. It was pretty much what I was expecting, but I was also a little disappointed. I’m glad I went, but I’ll know better next time to stick with what I like.

The best venue for me was the “Bermuda Triangle”, an intersection of gay clubs that had a raging street party each night. They weren’t allowed to play any music due to noise laws, but that didn’t stop us from partying. Shots and beers were both plentiful and cheep, and the opportunity to chat up hot guys from all over the globe was amazing. There’s just something about standing outside on the street with a drink, and good conversation that I really enjoy.

All in all, the trip was amazing. Thanks in part to all the events the Gay Games volunteers put on, but also because of the great people that I traveled with. A big shout out to the HaloPony soccer team from Seattle!

The next Gay Games are rumored to be in Cleveland (yes, that’s not a mistake) in 2014, but we’ll see about that. Until then, 2011 will have the Continental Out Games in both Vancouver and Rotterdam. After attending the Montreal Out Games, and now the Cologne Gay Games, I can definitely say this is my favourite kind of vacation. There’s just so much to do and experience, and so many people to share it with.