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Paris and London bidding to host Gay Games X

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Team Paris announced last week at a party in Cologne, Germany, to celebrate the Gay Games that they would be bidding for the 2018 Games; Now London has announced they will bid for Gay Games X as well.

For Paris, it is in part the lure of potentially hosting the first combined Gay Games since 2002, as the Outgames split off from the Gay Games before the 2006 Games. Many are pushing for the two events to merge in 2018. GLISA, the organization behind the Outgames, had a full-page ad in the Gay Games VIII official program.

Paris was one of the cities that bid to host the Games this year, but they were beaten out by Cologne.

The coordinator of the London bid, Jonathan Harbourne, said he was inspired by Cologne's great effort.

We’ve come back fired-up to bring the Games to London – taking it to the next level. London is in such a strong position to host the games in 2018. The 2012 Olympics will provide the best facilities in the world ... this is going to be great for LGBT people, great for sport, and great for London.

The Olympic Games will be held in London in 2012.