Wellington is known for being a magical city to live and work. In 2010 and 2019, they were awarded Money Magazine’s Top 100 places to live. Wellington is also home to the Gay Polo Tournament, last hosted in 2019.
This year Gay Polo League celebrates 11 years. Lexus International is the title sponsor of the event.
"We are thrilled to partner with GPL and continue the rich tradition of the International Gay Polo Tournament," said Mia Phillips, senior manager, Lexus Marketing.
Presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the tournament will be hosted at the International Polo Club Palm Beach’s Field One, which is one of the most prestigious and sought-after venues in the world. Known for being a jewel in the winter social and polo season in North America, the event has a reputation for being a fabulous gay event that guarantees to be one of the highlights of the season.
Organizers promise a safe and chic destination fete for wanderlusters and polo aficionados alike. Each year GPL has a “not for profit” organization. This year, SAGE will actively assume the responsibility. SAGE is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to serving and advocating for LGBT older adults.
Things will be a little different since we are living in “different times.” GPL will closely be adhering to the CDC guidelines, just so attendees have a safe and fun weekend. All events will be held outdoors with masks, and regular social distancing will be in full effect and highly encouraged.
This year there will be no general admission.
Attendees will need to either be a part of a tailgating group, or they will need to purchase a seat in the VIP area. Tailgating is a very big part of the tournament, and it's also one of the biggest attractions. If you are participating in tailgating, it will be limited to 12 people and will be spaced out to ensure social distancing is possible. As far as masks are concerned, they can be removed when mingling in your tailgate group, but must be worn at all other times and locations.
Some of the sponsors this year include Celebrity Cruises, Cherry Knoll Farms, GJ Racing, Provident Jewelry Wellington, and Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
“Our sponsors represent organizations that proactively support and advance equality and diversity,” said Chip McKenney, founder and president of GPL. “It is important that we recognize the importance of our LGBTQ allies — the people, brands and companies, like Lexus, who enthusiastically embrace and support our community. To these people and companies, we extend a heartfelt thanks. We are PROUD and grateful to be associated with you.”
One of the highlights of the weekend is the party on Friday. Normally, they have a Polotini Wigstock Party, this year you will still be encouraged to wear your wig, but also urged to wear your best mask.
GPL turned the Friday night party into a masquerade ball. The sit-down dinner, hosted bar and a live performance by the world-famous Randy Roberts are the ingredients for an extraordinary night of fun and memorable surprises. There will be a silent auction. Funds raised from the auction will be donated to SAGE. Come early. The party is from 6 – 10 p.m.
GPL is the only LGBT-identified polo league in the world. Since its founding in 2006, GPL has built an international network of LGBT polo players and enthusiasts in 14 countries. The league embraces a cross-section of ages, abilities, professions and riding experience. Through its enthusiasm for the sport, the league works to foster positive perceptions about gay athletes and the LGBT community.
For more info on how to participate in this fabulous event, visit https://gaypolo.com.