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World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Posted Oct 15, 2014 by Sean Fraser
The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.
2017 World OutGames Miami Logo
2017 World OutGames Miami Logo
World OutGames Miami
The Indiegogo campaign will be launched Oct. 20, 2014, and will be a global effort to raise a goal of $200,000. The money will go to setting up the world OutGames Miami Outreach Fund, which will provide financial assistance to participants of the games who do not have the funds to attend.
"Additional funds generated from the campaign will support World OutGames Miami's global outreach program to ensure LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) and allied participants from the four corners of the globe are invited to Miami as well as provide operations funding to prepare for the event which is less than 1,000 days away," said an official press release from the organization.
The campaign will last 60 days and will offer a variety of donor "perks," ranging from receiving insider information about the events, invitations to events and VIP access with meet-and-greets with the performers at the Opening Ceremony.
Donation levels range from Bronze at $25 up to Champion's Circle at $25,000.
The world OutGames consist of three main events: sporting events, a human rights conference and a cultural festival. The sporting arm of the event consists of 30 different sports, with LGBTQI athletes participating in them.
The human rights conference will feature three days of international speakers discussing issues facing the LGBTQI community. Several bands, choruses and other acts will comprise the cultural festival.
Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami Beach, and the Florida Sports Foundation donated $325,000 to the world OutGames in September 2014.
"We look forward to showing these 40,000-plus LGBTQI and straight-ally participants and spectators the diverse and inclusive nature of our city and our people," said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine to the Miami Herald.
The OutGames are estimated to bring in over $60 million in revenue for the city.
Diana Rodriguez, Special Assistant Office of the Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County, stressed the importance of the games and how important it was for the community to get involved.
"We are proud to be the host for the World OutGames in 2017 because they represent the openness, inclusion and diversity that Miami-Dade County is known for around the world," Rodriguez said.
GLISA was founded in 2004 to serve the needs of LGBTQI athletes around the world. In a public declaration on their official website, GLISA aims to "support the creation of an inclusive, globally recognized, integrated gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered association that celebrates, supports and promotes our culture through sport."