EuroGames, what's that?
EuroGames, the European Gay & Lesbian Championships, is an annual European sporting event governed by EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation). It is the biggest athletic event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Europe. The basic idea is to support gay and lesbian athletes in their coming out, increase the awareness of gay and lesbian sport in the greater public and to provide networking opportunities.
Tasks within the Football for Equality Projekt:
Exchange Know-How on addressing homophobia
The EuroGames 2011 in Rotterdam as well as the EuroGames 2012 in Budapest are held during the Football for Equality Project, and both are part of it. But the main focus of the FfE-activities concerning the EuroGames is a Twinning-project which aims at the exchange of Know-How, support and networking between the organisation commitees in Rotterdam and Budapest. The EuroGames-Twinning project module aims at exchanging good practice and practical Know-How between LGBT activists in the old and new member states on addressing homophobia in and through sport.
EuroGames go East
In August 2011 the EuroGames took place in Rotterdam and in August 2012 they will be in Budapest - this is the first time that the sport-for-all event takes place in Eastern Europe. The two cities have presented a double -bid to give a clear statement: equal rights for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender person in every part of Europe. Equal rights are not a fact of daily life in many parts of Central and Eastern Europe. Rotterdam and Budapest want to build a bridge between East and West. The two cities have linked themselves in order to give Budapest the opportunity to get experience in Rotterdam and Rotterdam will assist Budapest with hosting this first mayor Gay and Lesbian Sport Festival in a country of the former East bloc. Rotterdam wants to be the front runner in terms of equal rights for the GLBT community throughout Europe.
Information about LGBT-rights in Europe
Besides the exchange of activists, at both events – Rotterdam and Budapest – information work will be done (printing of info leaflets with a focus on the LGBT rights in the CEE sub-region). Also athletes fom CEE countries who normally could not afford to attend in the EuroGames for economic reasons, are supported financially. This measure increases active involvement in the pan-European event.