Outgames respond to Team San Francisco

The 2013 Outgames in Antwerp, Belgium, have responded to Team San Francisco, welcoming everyone with open arms, including their attackers, to their event. Geert Tengrootenhuysen, LGBT communication for the city of Antwerp, sent me this email today:

I wish to emphasize that Antwerp chose to organize the World Outgames because we strongly believe in its potential social, cultural and economic benefits. I regret that whatever happened in the past has left the gay sports community divided. However, as the host of the World Outgames 2013, Antwerp will be welcoming everyone without exceptions. That includes Team San Francisco, whom I hope will reconsider their position and join us for what will be an amazing event, whatever name it may carry.

Tengrootenhuysen also said that he was surprised there is such lingering animosity, "especially because it has been announced that these organizations will be merging again in 2018."

Earlier this week, Team San Francisco issued a press release condemning the Outgames in Antwerp.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Outsports

You must be a member of Outsports to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Outsports. You should read them.

Join Outsports

You must be a member of Outsports to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Outsports. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.