Breaking: More on Gay Games Cleveland

Updated July 19: City of Cleveland has sent a letter to Cleveland Synergy Foundation halting funding of the Gay Games organizing committee. Cleveland Synergy then sent a statement regarding the FGG possibly pulling their Gay Games license.

Also, Roger Brigham of the Bay Area Reporter has a great update, including the resignation of a Cleveland government staffer from the board of Cleveland Synergy Foundation. He also offers some great insight into the likely behind-the-scenes process taking place now.

Cleveland-based gay magazine Spangle took notice of our report last week about rumors pointing to a change in management of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, and it looks like there is movement to change organizers of the Cleveland Gay Games. But that may not be a done deal. This morning, Cleveland Synergy issued a statement to Outsports regarding the matter:

There have been several erroneous reports regarding discussions between the Federation of Gay Games and the Cleveland Synergy Foundation surrounding the future of the 2014 Gay Games here in Cleveland.

We continue to collaborate with the Federation to ensure the best outcome for the 2014 Gay Games, as envisioned by our organization.

We are committed to our role as the hosts of the 2014 Gay Games, and we appreciate the unwavering support of the City of Cleveland, City of Akron, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Positively Cleveland as our partners in this athletic and cultural endeavor.

We respect the Federation for not only awarding us the opportunity to host the Games, but for continuing to guide us throughout this process with integrity and transparency.

We are excited for our colleagues in Cologne as they embark on the next Gay Games, and we look forward to welcoming the world to Cleveland + Akron in 2014.

While the Federation of Gay Games still isn't talking, Spangle spoke with Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman who said the FGG has been in contact with the city and that something is up.

Cimperman told Spangle this morning that a conversation was held recently between the federation and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission about the commission taking a larger role in the planning of the games. The councilman assured Spangle that David Gilbert, president and CEO of the commission, is a strong ally of the LGBT community.

Gay People's Chronicle also has a story pointing to a change in Cleveland:

“There is discussion about a shift in management, being dictated by the Federation of Gay Games,” said Positively Cleveland’s Communication Director Samantha Fryberger, “but the intention is to keep it in Cleveland.”

Now an anonymous comment on our previous story says the FGG made a formal change on July 6:

on july 6, 2010, the federation of gay games, inc. (fgg) notified Synergy that FGG was exercising its right to terminate the license agreement with Synergy for the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland and agreeing to pursue voluntary mediation within fourteen days to attempt to resolve the outstanding issues.

We will stay on top of this story as it continues to break.

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