Cleveland Gay Games 2014: The Story Continues
Cleveland Synergy Foundation released a statement today in an attempt to keep up with the internet frenzy that’s developed around the possible management changes of the Cleveland Gay Games. So far, Joe.My.God, Out in America, and Queerty have weighed in with their own stories since Outsports and my site both lead with these stories.
STATEMENT BY CLEVELAND SYNERGY FOUNDATION—07/19/2010
As the organization licensed to produce the 2014 Gay Games, the Cleveland Synergy Foundation remains committed to bringing this important, civic, cultural, and economic event to the Cleveland+Akron region.
The Cleveland Synergy Foundation has met all of its commitments to the Federation of Gay Games. We look forward to quickly resolving any questions the Federation may have, and moving forward in the same spirit of teamwork and collaboration that won the Games for Cleveland + Akron.
The licensing agreement between Synergy and the Federation of Gay Games clearly articulates a process to resolve any questions or conflicts. As outlined in the mutually endorsed agreement, this process should begin with a meeting of the two groups’ steering committees. If that meeting leaves questions unanswered, the groups’ boards of directors are then required to meet. Only if those first two meetings result in an impasse would mediation be an appropriate third step, according to the agreement. We have requested that the Federation join us in following this process of resolution in order to maintain the integrity of our organization, the FGG, and the future of the Gay Games movement.
It is imperative that Gay Games remain an event created by the LGBT community, for the LGBT community, with the partnership and support of the host city. We are confident that once our steering committees and boards of directors meet, it will be clear to all involved that Synergy remains on schedule to deliver the world-class event the community envisioned and the Federation endorsed.
Also of note is that two links on the Synergy site no longer are active, one to the 2014 Gay Games Bid, and the other to the Synergy Council.
While I’d much prefer to report both sides of this story, phone calls and emails haven’t been returned so I can only run with the things I have at hand. Letters I have been reporting on have been obtained and the information I shared has been accurate.
I’ve received private communication questioning my motives and activities in all of this reporting, and while I could have easily done without that I will say this: I’m painting a very unflattering, albeit factual, picture of my own hometown – and that sucks.
For all it’s problems, warts and colourful history I love Cleveland and always will. That said, there’s no way I can merely turn a blind eye to what’s happening there because I don’t like the content of what I need to cover.
I’d much rather be relaying stories about how Cleveland is tackling the responsibility of the games head on so that we can put our best face forward for the world – not relaying the problems we’re facing four years before the games even get here. Worse still is that these problems appear to be ones that could have entirely been avoided.
My articles filed on the 2014 Gay Games so far are here.