World OutGames Miami has canceled most of its events, reported Dawn Ennis on LGBTQ Nation. The ten-day sports and culture event was scheduled to start today and end on June 4.
The OutGames board of directors emailed participants to inform them of the changes, citing “financial challenges.” The email stated that the opening and closing ceremonies had been canceled, as had all sporting events except for soccer, aquatics, and country western dance. Officials reassured recipients that the Human Rights Conference and cultural events were still scheduled.
The email went on to say, “We thank everyone who has supported the effort and apologize to those who will be impacted by this difficult decision.”
While the cancellations undoubtedly shocked many, the registration numbers for the event were telling. Only 2,000 out of the expected 10,000 athletes had registered by March, although OutGames assured the public that the event would continue at that time.
Additionally, officials had not paid Miami Beach for required permits at its seven venues.
OutGames officials are attempting to convince the Federation of Gay Games to allow them to combine their events.
Read the LGBTQ Nation article here.