Copenhagen OutGames - Serious Sports, Serious Culture, Totally Serious FUN

The board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) congratulates the City of Copenhagen, the people of Copenhagen and the organizing committee, volunteers, and staff for its hospitality and a spectacular week of sport, human rights, and cultural events.

The 2nd World OutGames reached over 5,500 participants from nearly 100 countries. â??The organizers delivered a very successful and inclusive event and over came many obstacles to produce this event filled weekâ? stated Wessel van Kampen, Co President of GLISA International, he continued â??The organizing committee, faced with the worst recession the world economy are experiencing in many years. We are very grateful to all those participants that travelled across the globe to be part of these 2nd World OutGamesâ?.

GLISA since its founding has been the leader in bringing together not only sports but cultural events and human rights events during the International and Continental OutGames. Julia Applegate stated â??I was fortunate not only to lead a session during the Human Rights Conference, but my energy was reignited by the extremely high quality of the speakers and their dedication to improving human rights for all people around the world. Sometime we forget that the OutGames is one of the few opportunities some people have to openly share their skills in athletics, and openly share their views on human rights while having fun, and making new friends, being part of a great experience.â?

The unfortunate incidents that occurred at the start of the OutGames were strongly denounced by all levels of the Danish Government. In the traditional Danish spirit they overcame all obstacles and maintained their solid support of the Copenhagen organizing comm ittee.

The board of directors would also like to thank the hundreds of journalist, and media sources who have published great articles about the Copenhagen2009 OutGames. Also in this new culture of blogs and tweets, we thank those people who have shared their experiences in the hundreds of blogs and thousands of tweets sent around the world.

To view the results of the Sports, Human Rights Conference and Cultural events, please visit

The next Continental OutGames will be held in 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand and Vancouver, Canada.

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