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M. Kahramanoglu, Sec. gal of ILGA, M. Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal & M. Tewksbury, coPsdt Montreal 06

in CANADA, 25/08/2004

ILGA Joins the Panel of Experts of the LGBT Conference to be Held during the OutGames

The 1st World Outgames Montréal 2006 is a major athletic and cultural event that brings together people from all over the world. Based on the principles of Participation and Celebration, Respect and Fairness, Innovation, Diversity and Empowerment, the games welcome everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, age, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, physical challenge, political beliefs, physical ability, athletic/artistic skills or HIV/ health status.

There are no minimum athletic standards to qualify for the Outgames. The only requirement is the desire to support the ideals of the Outgames. People with specific needs or disabilities are integrated as full-fledged participants, volunteers, officials and spectators. By accepting the Outgames’ challenge, all Outgames participants automatically become winners.

The Outgames are a safe and accepting environment where participants may express themselves openly and enjoy the camaraderie and rewards of sport, culture and art. In fact, the experience can be the highlight of a lifetime!

As individuals, participants celebrate personal achievement; as a collective, we experience group solidarity and celebrate the diversity and scope of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Through the athletic and arts and cultural events of the Outgames, stereotypes are challenged and barriers broken down.

More "firsts" for GLBT Sport and Quality"

Montréal 2006 is proud to announce that for the first time in the history of GLBT sporting competitions; FISA (Fédération internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) has registered our regatta in its official international calendar. In another “first”, Skate Canada, one of the most important national member federations of the ISU (International Skating Union) will sanction the Outgames’ figure skating competitions, including categories for same-sex couples. This happy news has been received with great enthusiasm from skaters around the world.

The sanctioning process has been completed with the federations governing the various sports. Sanctioned sports ensure that Outgames competitions will conform to the norms, rules and standards of mainstream national and international sport federations. For athletes participating in the 1st World Outgames, this means that Montréal 2006 will have access to technical expertise from recognized and trained individuals, including access to experienced, competent officials for Outgames competitions. These officials attend regular clinics and training sessions and are on the forefront of the latest changes and developments in their respective sports, ensuring high-quality competitions that meet the highest standard of excellence.

Cultural events are part of the Games!

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Outgames will be held in the Olympic Stadium in collaboration with the gay community of the Village as well as with cultural producers who will be coming together to offer many different activities as part of the cultural programme. Registration for the Choral Festival, Country Western Dance competitions, Square Dance and for Marching and Concert Band and Colour Guard performances is now available. Montréal 2006 will also be collaborating with GALA Choruses, the largest GLBT choral group in the world, who will be bringing more than 2,000 choral singers to perform during the Outgames.

Conference: "the Right to be Different""

A high-level international conference entitled “The Right to Be Different” will take place from 26 to 29 July 2006, just before the opening of the Outgames sport and cultural activities. Montréal 2006 is expecting some 2,000 participants to attend. A prestigious international committee composed of judges, lawyers, legal scholars, and human rights activists from every continent of the globe are hard at work finalising the conference programme. Ms. Joke Swiebel, former member of the Parliament of the European Union, and Mr. Robert Wintemute, professor at the School of Law at King's College in London, UK, are the co-presidents of the committee (see the attached list). Five conference themes have been chosen by the international committee; the GLBT Community and Essential Rights; the GLBT Community and Global Issues; the Diverse GLBT Community; Participation in Society; and Creating Social Change.

This huge conference for GLBT rights can count on the full support of ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association). This world-wide federation is dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere. With about 400 members’ organizations in more than 90 countries, it’s a huge support that ILGA provide to Montreal’s Conference on GLBT rights. Also, M. Kursad Kahramonoglu, co-Secretary General of ILGA, is an active member of the Scientific Committee and works hard for the success of the Conference.

Early registrations are opened!

Registration is open for the 1st World Outgames which will be held in Montréal from 29 July to 5 August 2006. In the last month, more than 400 people from outside of Canada have taken advantage of the reduced Early Bird registration fee of 140 Euros, which will be in effect until 31 December 2004.

Three good reasons to register early!

- A guaranteed place in your event
- A discount of 23% on the regular registration fee
- A chance to participate in contest(s) and win promotional prizes

Registration fee for Sport and Culture registrants includes:

- One event (sport or culture)
- Participation at the Opening Ceremony
- Participation at the Closing Ceremony
- One metro/bus pass
- A participation medal
- Free admission as a spectator to your selected sport/cultural activities
- Reduced admission fee to all other sports (as a spectator)
- Participant Souvenir Bag which includes: city and transit maps, official games programme, souvenir poster and Montréal and Québec tourist information brochures
- Rebate of $100 CAD for the International Conference
- 20% discount for the games' souvenir book
- 20% discount for the official parties
- Over a week of friendship, fun and discoveries!

More than 16,000 participants from more than 100 different countries and 250,000 visitors — that’s what the 1st World Outgames Montréal 2006 will offer. True to our international reputation as the City of Sport and Festivals, Montrealers of all persuasions, gay and non-gay, will be the welcoming hosts for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable event and an international success.
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