UPDATED AND REVISED ON TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022:

Registration is now open for 2022 International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships (IGLA 2022) in Palm Springs! We excited to enjoy the sun with an outdoor championship from April 6 to April 10. The registration deadline for IGLA 2022 is Monday, March 21. For TNYA members that would like to apply for financial aid, please fill out our scholarship application. The application deadline for our scholarship program is Friday, March 18. For details about IGLA 2022, see their website at: www.igla2022.org

Background

The International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Association (IGLA) is an international umbrella organization for TNYA and other LGBTQ+ aquatics organizations and aquatic athletes around the world. IGLA is a member organization of the Federation of the Gay Games (FGG). Every year, IGLA has a championship aquatics meet, generally hosted by one of its member organizations or the FGG. To facilitate the governance process, IGLA has an Annual General Meeting every year for board elections and voting in the bidding process.

Recap of the Virtual 2021 Annual General Meeting on October 16

Thank you to the IGLA Board of Directors for all of your hard work to make the Virtual 2021 Annual General Meeting on October 16, 2021 a success. Congratulations to Out To Swim London for winning the bid to host IGLA 2023! We are excited to attend the first IGLA Championships in the UK! Thank you to Sydney Wett Ones and Sydney Stingers Water Polo for bidding to host IGLA 2023 along with WorldPride 2023 in Sydney. We are sure to have a few teammates that visit Sydney for WorldPride. Thank you to the IGLA Board of Directors, West Hollywood Aquatics and Long Beach Grunions for their hard at work to arrange for IGLA 2022 to be held at Palms Springs on April 6-10, 2022 since Gay Games 11 in Hong Kong has been postponed to 2023. More details to come soon! General information about IGLA is available on their website at: www.igla.org

Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 has been postponed to 2023

After much internal deliberation and in consultation with the FGG leadership and board, it has been decided that GGHK, originally scheduled for November 2022, will be postponed to November 2023. GGHK Organizing Committee has produced the following press & media products to fully explain the decision to postpone the Games:

GGHK invites everyone to check out their past webinars on their YouTube channel for general information. For general information about Gay Games Hong Kong, visit their website at: www.gghk2022.com

GGHK Registration Information:

IGLA 2021 was cancelled in December 2020

IGLA cancelled the 2021 IGLA Championships in December 2020. IGLA 2021 was originally slated to be hosted by the Queer Utah Aquatics Club (QUAC) in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2021. For more details about the postponement of IGLA 2021, see the full statement from the IGLA Board of Directors and QUAC’s IGLA 2021 Organizing Committee. Thank you USMS Swimming Magazine for featuring IGLA and TNYA in their recent piece on the history of LGBTQ+ aquatics. Check this page frequently for updates on IGLA 2021 planning, including rescheduling the IGLA roundtable that was cancelled earlier this summer. For more recent news about IGLA and Gay Games, check out IGLA’s October 2020 newsletter. For general information about IGLA 2021, visit their website at: www.igla2021.org

History of IGLA

TNYA is a member organization of IGLA, which was founded in 1987. IGLA serves as an umbrella organization for LGBTQ+ aquatics (swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming (now known as artistic swimming)) athletes around the world, with member organizations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. IGLA is a member organization of the Federation of the Gay Games. Every year, IGLA has a championship aquatics meet, generally hosted by one of its member organizations. Past IGLA Championships have been held in conjunction with local pride festivities, Gay Games, OutGames, and EuroGames. We hosted the 2019 IGLA Championships during Stonewall50/WorldPride 2019 in New York City. Melbourne Surge and Melbourne Glamourhead Sharks hosted the 2020 IGLA Championships in Melbourne, Australia (Melbourne 2020) during Mardi Gras in February 2020. Earlier this year, the Queer Utah Aquatics Club (QUAC) were scheduled to host the 2021 IGLA Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2021, but IGLA 2021 has been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19 (see full statement from the IGLA Board of Directors and QUAC’s IGLA 2021 Organizing Committee). The IGLA Board is working hard to find a contingency host for IGLA 2022 since Gay Games 11 in Hong Kong has been postponed to 2023. As soon as plans are finalized, we will make an official announcement. In 2023, the Federation of the Gay Games is slated to host the Gay Games in Hong Kong in November 2023 after Out to Swim hosts the 2023 IGLA Championships in London in the Summer of 2023.

For more information about IGLA, including other IGLA Championships held since 1987, visit their website at: www.igla.org

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UPDATE IN JUNE 2020: In light of the pandemic and the uncertainty in these difficult times, QUAC is asking everyone to fill out their IGLA 2021 survey. In the meantime, QUAC is raising funds for IGLA 2021, including their scholarship program. Past IGLA scholarship programs have helped athletes from around the world attend the championships, including athletes from Africa’s first openly LGBTQ+ aquatics club, the Uganda Kuchu Aquatics Team (UKAT). For more information about their fundraising campaign, visit their fundraising campaign website.