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The 1st World Outgames took place in Montréal, 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.[1]

History

The event evolved out of a dispute concerning spending for the 2006 Gay Games (formally called Gay Games VII), which Montréal had been awarded. However, the Gay Games sanctioners (Federation of Gay Games) and Montréal 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 Montréal, awarding the games to Chicago.[2]

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

Unlike the Gay Games, the 1st World Outgames also included non-sport events, such as a Country-Western Dance competition (as well as exhibitions) and a Choral Festival that also had a competitive component.

The event was held concurrently with Divers/Cité, the city's primary LGBT pride festival.[3] The increased number of LGBT tourists in town for the Outgames had been expected to be a financial boon for Divers/Cité, but ironically that festival's attendance and revenues actually declined from previous years.[4] According to Divers/Cité director Suzanne Girard, "even if there were more people than usual, there were 10,000 more things to do."[4] 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.[5]

A Quebec government audit revealed a CAD 5.3 million deficit for the 2006 Outgames on a CAD 15 million total budget on November 13, 2006. On December 7, 2006, Outgames Montréal 2006 filed for bankruptcy protection. Of the deficit, CAD 3.1 million was in loans from the governments of Montréal and Quebec, while the other CAD 2.2 million was due to private companies and individuals.[6]

Organizing committee

International Conference on LGBT Human Rights

The Outgames Montréal 2006 included an International Conference on LGBT Human Rights immediately prior to the games themselves, from July 26 to July 29.[8] With attendance of some 2,000 participants, it was the largest conference on LGBT rights ever held.[9]

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 Gérald Tremblay, Gene Robinson, Mark Tewksbury, Irshad Manji, Mariela Castro, Georgina Beyer, Waheed Alli, Martin Cauchon, Li Yinhe and Martina Navratilova.

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 Montréal on LGBT Human Rights, a declaration that will be submitted to the United Nations.[9]

Opening Ceremonies

Opening ceremonies of the 2006 World Outgames
Opening ceremonies of the 2006 World Outgames

Opening Ceremonies for the 1st Outgames Montréal 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 Montréal was read by Mark Tewksbury and Martina Navratilova. Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, 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.[2]

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

Venues

Over 50 venues in Montréal hosted events for the 1st World Outgames. Three main areas gathered most of the activities, the largest being the Claude Robillard Sports Complex, in addition to the Montréal Olympic Park and the Jean Drapeau Park. The Outgames used most of the venues built for the Montréal Summer Olympics of 1976. Other venues included the Golf Metropolitain Anjou for golfing, the Parc du Domaine Vert à Mirabel for mountain biking, the Little Italy neighbourhood for the road cycling criterium, as well as various parks across the city for sports such as soccer, tennis, and softball.

The Choral Festival took place at Salle Pierre Mercure from Tuesday, August 1, 2006, through Thursday, August 3, 2006.

The main social and entertainment location for non-sporting events during the Outgames Montréal 2006 was located at the west side of Viger Square.

35 Sporting events contested including

Participating teams

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Results

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Official results from the Outgames Montréal 2006 website are no longer available as it shut down from post-game financial difficulties.[11]
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) Montréal 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)

15 Participating Ensembles in the Choral Festival

*Closing night concert only (non-competitive)

**Consisting of singers from the 10 participating choruses, closing night concert only (non-competitive)

Members of the Jury

Choral Festival Results

Registration information and all subsequent printed materials for the Choral Festival indicated that Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals would be awarded to the top ensembles in three categories: Large Chorus, Medium Chorus, and Small Chorus (determined by the number of singers). However, at the Medal Presentations on Thursday, August 3, the following achievements were announced:

Under the award decisions as published, Ensemble Vocal Ganymède should have been awarded the gold medal for Large Chorus; Mélo'Singers the silver medal for Large Chorus; and Colla Voce the gold medal for Small Chorus. The participating groups were not apprised of the change in rules in advance (or at any time), and when asked for an explanation after the ceremony, the organizers said the cost of so many medals would have been too prohibitive.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Home Page". 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Rapp, Linda (2006). "Outgames" (PDF). GLBTQ. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Divers/Cite shares pride week with first Outgames". Montreal Gazette, June 21, 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Divers/Cite attendance plummets by 20%: Outgames 'weren't good for us financially'". Montreal Gazette, August 9, 2006.
  5. ^ "Gay pride parade is alive, well and marching". Montreal Gazette, June 28, 2007.
  6. ^ "Montreal Outgames Shows Large Deficit". The Advocate. November 15, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Board of Directors". 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  8. ^ "Conference". 1st Outgames Montreal 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "The first World Outgames Montreal 2006 welcomed half a million spectators". Travel Daily News. August 9, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "Disciplines". 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  11. ^ "Results". 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
Preceded bynone World Outgames 2006 Succeeded by2009 World Outgames(Copenhagen, Denmark)