There will be games to be played this time. Chris Manning guarantees it.
Manning, 30, is an American basketball player scheduled to participate in the 2018 Gay Games held next month in Paris.
“I’m excited,” said Manning when asked about his upcoming trip to France.
The 2018 Gay Games are August 4-12.
“The Gay Games do happen and will happen,” Manning said. “It’s a legit tournament. There are actual medals and a medal ceremony.”
The Texas native said there is a difference between the Gay Games and the World OutGames.
Although the two organizations share the same message, they are not affiliated.
“After the fiasco in Miami, I think the OutGames are through,” Manning said.
The OutGames, a much hyped LGBT sporting event planned for Miami last year, never got off the ground. An audit by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office is still open. Reports of mismanagement are widespread.
On the contrary, the Gay Games appears ready to thrive. Now in its 10 edition, the Gay Games is bringing together athletes and equality-minded people from around the globe. In a few weeks, Manning will travel from Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia and then on to France’s City of Light to compete.
At last count, more than 345 participants have registered for basketball at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris.
Manning played college ball at Texas A&M University before moving to south Florida where he met his partner Bruce Howe, general manager of Hunter’s Nightclub Wilton Manors. For Gay Games 2018, Manning is teaming up with the Los Angeles Heat.
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