UPDATED AND REVISED ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2021:
IGLA 2022 is scheduled to be included in Gay Games 2022 in Hong Kong
The International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Association (IGLA) has an international aquatics meet every year. The Federation of the Gay Games is scheduled to host the 2022 IGLA Championships in conjunction with Gay Games in Hong Kong in November 2022. The Gay Games 2022 Organizing Committee also invites everyone to check out their past webinars on their YouTube channel and 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
Gay Games 2022 Registration Information:
- Pre-Registration is now open
- Funding Support Program Applications are now being accepted to apply for financial assistance through the FGG Scholarship Program
IGLA 2021 was cancelled in December 2020
IGLA has indefinitely postponed IGLA 2021, originally intended 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 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. 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). In 2022, 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.
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.