Hong Kong will host the 2022 Gay Games, fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event.
The win comes amid growing momentum for the gay rights movement in Asia, with Taiwan's constitutional court this year declaring that same-sex couples have the right to marry, the region's first such ruling.
The games are expected to attract more than 15,000 participants and provide a HK$1-billion ($128-million) boost to the economy, the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement.
Bid supporters called the decision a victory for the status of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
"This is a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world game ... and it is also a big step for diversity inclusion," said Alfred Chan, chairman of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission, which supported the bid.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) chose Hong Kong over Guadalajara in Mexico and Washington D.C., in a vote in Paris on Monday. A record 17 cities had expressed interest in hosting the 2022 Gay Games, 13 in the United States.
"The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly, elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality," the Federation of Gay Games said in a statement. Read more via New York Times