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North American OutGames no longer coming to St. Louis

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The logo for the North American OutGames for 2016 (Credit: naoutgames2016.org) The logo for the North American OutGames for 2016 (Credit: naoutgames2016.org)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – St. Louis will no longer host the North America OutGames.  

Tuesday night, STL Equality Games, LLC announced the cancellation of the 2016 St. Louis OutGames.

“GLISA North America is deeply disappointed by the cancellation of the St. Louis OutGames as it would have been a wonderful celebration of equality and friendly Competition, learning and celebration. GLISA North America wants to acknowledge the tremendous work of the Board of STL Equality Games LLC. The cancellation of this event in no way diminishes their good work. They are no less a valued member of the GLISANA family, despite this unfortunate turn of events,” said Greg Larocque, GLISA North America President. 

The reason for the cancellation was not provided.

The event was supposed to be a week-long festival of sports, human rights, and cultural events hosted by the LGBTQ community. Similar to the Olympics, the North America OutGames were scheduled to begin on May 27, and bring more than 3,000 people to the city.

The games would have taken place throughout the area, but Union Station would have acted as Athlete’s Village, similar to the Olympic Village.

The event was projected to bring in between $2 and 3 million to the local economy. St. Louis was chosen as the first U.S. site because it was an accessible city and friendly to the gay community.

When the event was announced, Sarah Kline, a managing partner at Team St. Louis, a non-profit organization that aims to educate the GLSBT community about various methods of promoting general health and that benefits of competitive sports, said St. Louis would be a good place for the games because of the community. 

“We are a very friendly and open city from our government down to our community members,” Kline said. “We really are striving to make this a family friendly event.”

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