Nobbe felt so strongly about the region’s embrace of the visitors to GG9, that he penned a heartfelt letter to the editor following the event.“We know that there were athletes who would get on the trolleys or the Health Line bus and Clevelanders would see their medals and actually applaud!
In 2014, Cleveland hosted the Gay Games or, as we called them here in CLE “GG9,” which welcomed more than 20,000 people from around the globe.
This international sporting and cultural event invites participation from all athletes – regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender identity, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status.
The event, according to former executive director of GG9 Tom Nobbe, was truly a testament to Cleveland’s ever-welcoming vibe.
“The folks who came in from out of town, out of state and out of the country were impressed by the embrace they received from the community – and I’m talking the whole Northeast Ohio community, not just the LGBT community,” said Nobbe.
So, whether you’re experiencing the world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum or checking out the bouncy show tunes and fabulous choreography of the Northcoast Men’s Chorus, you just focus on enjoying yourself.
So, you’ve checked out the neighborhood hotspots, taken a saunter through our cultural institutions and have finally figured out why everyone goes crazy over Cleveland’s food scene. SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group.Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, allies, whatever. And, frankly, we’re not worried about your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or who you love. The event celebrates the welcoming nature of our fine city with food, entertainment and, of course, beverages. You can feel that very energy and acceptance during Cleveland’s annual PRIDE parade, festival and rally at the gorgeous Voinovich Park along Lake Erie downtown.Everyone’s invited to this annual fete, which is now in its 28th year.But Cleveland’s no stranger to hosting big, important LGBT events.