Well it appears the list for the host city of the 2017 World Outgames has dwindled down to two. The remaining two are Miami Beach and Reykjavik,Iceland. This means that Rio de Janeiro and Rome have been eliminated from the bidding process. Denver had also been part of the initial process but withdrew ahead of the short-listing announcement.
The World Out Games is run by the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA). The event in 2017 will be the fourth World Out Games event.
The press conference will be held in Brussels on Tuesday 4th December – in addition to announcing the shortlisted cities bidding for 2017, Prime Minister Di Rupo will also mark the worldOutgames that will be held in Antwerp in 2013 and note that 2013 will be the tenth anniversary of equal, gender-neutral marriage in Belgium (where it was introduced in 2003).
GLISA board member Paul Brummitt told GSN: ‘We’re very grateful to all five cities that have participated in the bidding process for 2017. I’ve personally been very impressed with both of the bids from Miami Beach and Reykjavik.
‘There really is an enormous amount of creativity in them and it is sure to be a difficult decision for our members to take. It’s enormously gratifying to see so much interest in World Out Games.’
Site selection visits will now be conducted with both Miami Beach and Reykjavik, and GLISA expects to announce the winning city on 28 February 2013.