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2006 World Outgames

The 1st World Outgames took place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from July 26, 2006 to August 5, 2006. The international conference was held from July 26 to the 29. The sporting events were held from July 29 to August 5.


  • History 1
  • Organizing committee 2
  • International Conference on LGBT Human Rights 3
  • Opening Ceremonies 4
  • Venues 5
  • 35 Sporting events contested including 6
  • Participating teams 7
  • Results 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The event evolved out of a dispute concerning spending for the 2006 Gay Games (formally called Gay Games VII), which Montreal had been awarded. However, the Gay Games sanctioners (Federation of Gay Games) and Montreal 2006 quarrelled over the budget and scale of the Games and the amount of control each party would exercise; subsequently, the FGG parted company with Montreal, awarding the games to Chicago.

This is the second major multi-sport sporting event that Montreal has hosted since the Montreal Olympics in 1976. It used facilities from the Olympics and those from the 2005 World Aquatic Championships, the previous major multi-sport event in Montreal. The 2006 World OutGames were larger than the 2006 Gay Games in number of events and amount spent but not in the number of participants.

The event was held concurrently with Divers/Cité, the city's primary LGBT pride festival.[1] The increased number of LGBT tourists in town for the Outgames had been expected to be a financial boon for Divers/Cité, but ironically the event's attendance and revenues actually declined from previous years;[2] according to Divers/Cité director Suzanne Girard, "even if there were more people than usual, there were 10,000 more things to do."[2] Later in the year, as a result of the financial impacts of the Outgames, Divers/Cité dropped its pride programming and repositioned itself as an arts and music festival, leading to the creation of the new Fierté Montréal to take over as the city's pride festival.[3]

A Quebec government audit revealed 5.3 million (CDN) deficit for the 2006 Outgames on a 15 million total budget on November 13, 2006. On December 7, 2006 Montreal Outgames filed for bankruptcy protection. of the deficit, 3.1 million is loans from the government of Montreal and Quebec. Another 2.2 million is due to private companies and individuals.

Organizing committee

International Conference on LGBT Human Rights

The Outgames included an International Conference on LGBT Human Rights held in Montreal immediately prior to the games themselves, from July 26 to July 29. With attendance of some 2,000 participants, it was the largest conference on LGBT rights ever held.

The four-day conference consisted of five plenary sessions on the United States and Canada, Africa and the Arab World, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe, in addition to the opening and closing sessions. Keynote speakers included Waheed Alli, Martin Cauchon, Li Yinhe and Martina Navrátilová.

Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered an especially well-received speech at the opening dinner, which gave particular encouragement to the conference's goal of recognition at the United Nations.

There were also more than a hundred workshops on more specific themes, as well as programmes of workshops on sport, business, and international affairs.

The conference concluded with the issuance of the Declaration of Montreal on LGBT Human Rights, a declaration that will be submitted to the United Nations.

Opening Ceremonies

Opening ceremonies of the 2006 World Outgames

Opening Ceremonies for the 1st Outgames Montreal 2006 were held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, July 29, 2006. The performance was broadcast by Radio-Canada, Canada's national French-language public broadcaster.

After the parade of nations, the Declaration of Montreal was read by Mark Tewksbury and Martina Navrátilová. Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal, Line Beauchamp, Quebec Minister of Culture, and Michael Fortier, federal Minister of Public Works, represented the three levels of government; Fortier was loudly booed, reflecting anger among the LGBT community regarding the Conservative government's stances on gay rights, including the announcement of a motion to reopen debate on the Civil Marriage Act and same-sex marriage in Canada.

Lights at the Olympic Stadium, Outgames Opening, click to enlarge

After the athletes' and officials' oath were taken by Charles Boyer and Diane Bandy respectively, Mayor Tremblay officially declared the Outgames open.

Using the theme of “the circle”, the concept of the show integrated music, song, dance, choruses, mass choreography and performances by the Cirque du Soleil.

Artists who performed at the opening ceremonies included:


Over 50 venues in Montreal hosted events for the 1st World Outgames. Three main poles gathered most of the activities, the most important being the Centre Sportive Claude Robillard, as well as the Olympic Park and the Jean Drapeau Park. The Outgames used the entirety of the venues built for the Montreal Summer Olympics of 1976. Other venues include the Golf Metropolitan Anjou, the Parc du Domaine Vert a Mirabel for Mountain Biking, the Little Italy neighbourhood for the Cycling Criterium as well as various parks across the city for sports such as Soccer, Tennis and Softball.

35 Sporting events contested including


Participating teams

  • English Bay Triathlon Club
  • Team Vancouver
  • Team Frankfurt a. M.
  • Tangra, Bulgaria
  • Melbourne Spikers Volleyball, Australia
  • Team Colorado
  • Melbourne Argonauts Queer Rowing Club, Australia
  • Equipe San Francisco, California, United States
  • London Spikers Volleyball Club, London, UK


Official results from the Outgames Montreal 2006 website are no longer available as it shut down from post-game financial difficulties.
Sport Category First Place (gold) Second Place (silver) Third Place (bronze)
Badminton Doubles A Men Andersen-Entzel (Denmark) Green-Hew (Great Britain) Wilmet-Scrivener (Belgium)
Doubles A Mixed Green-Fabrie (Great Britain) Teoh-Wincure (United States) Lanotte-Wilmet (Belgium)
Doubles A Women Whelan-Julien (Canada) Vernerfelt-Tidy (Great Britain) Gomez-Teoh (United States)
Singles A Men Pethebridge, Craig (Australia) Andersen, Thomas (Denmark) Wilmet, Olivier (Belgium)
Singles A Women Vernerfelt, Rikke (Great Britain) Anonymous (Canada) Binnes, Simone (Germany)
Basketball Men London Cruisers (Great Britain) PARIS Gars 2 (France) Gaipard (Canada)
Women Windsor (Canada) Montreal Bounce (Canada) Half Fatal Attraction (Netherlands)
Dragon Boat Regatta Mixed (500 m) Aido Hwedo (Canada) Kraken (Canada) Out Dragon (Canada)
Marathon Men ? (?) ? (?) Stephen Souch (Canada)

See also


  1. ^ "Divers/Cite shares pride week with first Outgames". Montreal Gazette, June 21, 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Divers/Cite attendance plummets by 20%: Outgames 'weren't good for us financially'". Montreal Gazette, August 9, 2006.
  3. ^ "Gay pride parade is alive, well and marching". Montreal Gazette, June 28, 2007.
  4. ^

External links

  • 1st World Outgames - Montreal 2006
  • Rendez-Vous Montreal 2006 on
  • Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA)
  • Gay Games vs. Outgames - Registrations now open in both cities ( September 16, 2004
  • Asia Pacific Outgames Melbourne 2008 - Play With Your Neighbours!
Preceded by
World Outgames
Succeeded by
2009 World Outgames
(Copenhagen, Denmark)
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