UPDATED AND REVISED ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2020:
The International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Association (IGLA) has indefinitely postponed the 2021 International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships (IGLA 2021) originally intended to be hosted by the Queer Utah Aquatics Club (QUAC) in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2021. The Federation of the Gay Games is still scheduled to host the 2022 IGLA Championships in conjunction with Gay Games in Hong Kong in November 2022. The Gay Games 2022 Organizing Committee invites everyone to watch the YouTube video of the webinar held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7pm Hong Kong Time (6am New York Time). The Organizing Committee also encourages everyone to fill out the Gay Games 2022 Survey. Thank you OutSports for featuring our synchronized swimmers in a photo included in their recent story about 2022 Gay Games in Hong Kong and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. For general information about Gay Games 2022, visit their website at: www.gghk2022.com
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) athletes around the world, with member organizations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa and South America. IGLA is also 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. Last year, we hosted the 2019 IGLA Championships during Stonewall50/WorldPride 2019 in New York City. Earlier this year, Melbourne Surge and Melbourne Glamourhead Sharks hosted the 2020 IGLA Championships in Melbourne, Australia (Melbourne 2020) during Mardi Gras in February 2020. Next year, the Queer Utah Aquatics Club (QUAC) was 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). In 2022, the Federation of the Gay Games will be hosting the 2022 IGLA Championships in conjunction with Gay Games in Hong Kong in November 2022.
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.