The 4th global World OutGames will commence on Friday, 26th May 2017 and continue through Sunday, 4th June 2017 in Miami, Florida. Tens of thousands of competitors, spectators and thought leaders from around the world are expected to unite for the 10-day World OutGames in Miami featuring more than 450 events across three areas- Sport, Culture and Human Rights. The experience is designed to challenge participants physically, stimulate attendees intellectually and enliven spectators emotionally.
The World OutGames has the support of the Florida Sports Foundation, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Miami Beach and Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. Together with these organizations, an exclusive assemblage of sports, culture and human rights advocates as well as high-profile individuals in the LGBTQI community, will lend their support, name recognition and participation to the event.
Thousands of athletes will arrive at the World OutGames Miami ready to challenge themselves physically in more than 35 sports across Miami Dade/South Florida. Events include badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, billiards, bodybuilding, bridge, cheerleading, chess, country western dance, cycling, dance, darts, diving, dominos, field hockey, flag football, golf, indoor volleyball, martial arts, netball, poker, rowing, rugby, running (5k, 10K, half- and full-marathon), soccer, softball, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, track & field, triathlon, water polo and wrestling.
World OutGames Miami participants will immerse themselves in a warm welcome from a community that honors, respects and supports them and from a city that wraps its arms around each participant and doesn’t let go. With various cultural happenings planned over the 10-day long event, attendees will enjoy opening and closing ceremonies; live entertainment and concerts; art exhibits; band competitions; choir competitions; community events; and a film festival.
World OutGames Miami will do more than challenge the body and capture the hearts of participants and spectators. It will open minds with compelling and current insights about the LGBTQI community from international leaders at the World OutGames 4th Global Human Rights Conference taking place May 26 through May 28, 2017. The conference will feature three tracks promoting Inclusivity in Sports, Health & Wellness and Global Social Justice. The Human Rights Conference is positioned to be the most powerful global gathering of internationally respected human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars and trade organizations.
People will choose to attend the World OutGames Miami because of a number of reasons. They will come because they have a friend or family member participating or to show support for the community. They may enjoy competition or appreciate cultural immersion. Some may have socio-political reasons for attending. Others may simply be Florida locals or visitors who love the oceanfront destination.