Cleveland bids for Gay Games


Representatives from Cleveland will fly to South Africa next week to promote the city as a good spot for the 2014 Gay Games.

The international sporting competition held every four years drew 11,500 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators when it was held in Chicago in 2006.

Helping to lead the charge for Cleveland is Douglas Anderson, an organizer of a local volleyball league in the gay community. At a news conference with civic leaders on Wednesday, Anderson said Cleveland is perfect to host the Gay Games because of its diverse population and its city government, which he described as "very progressive."

The Federation of the Gay Games holds its annual meeting in South Africa next week but won't receive Cleveland's formal pitch until March.

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