The LGBT movement was established in the last century. During the 1960s, various political, social and cultural organisations joined forces to create a movement that also became increasingly visible in Düsseldorf. In Düsseldorf and Cologne, the first homosexual centres and sports clubs were established at around the same time. Düsseldorf is a cosmopolitan trade fair and commerce city with a high percentage of foreign citizens,
and it has always been extremely liberal and open-minded. For example, Düsseldorf has the largest LGBTIQ Carnival association in Germany, and it elected the country’s first gay Carnival prince. The different clubs and initiatives are in regular contact with each other, and they are also supported by the local government. Many activities, theme weeks and similar events have been organised and promoted over the years. The most recent achievement is the establishment of a transgender advice centre in Düsseldorf and the “Mashallah!” group for gay and bi-sexual refugees.
Diversity, political programme
We plan to have categories for all genders in all sports disciplines. As in the Düssel-Cup running events, we respect all individual gender identities and guarantee that everyone will have access to all sports disciplines. We also demonstrate an openness to all people, whatever their origin, creed, physical limitation or nationality, in all our activities. This is documented by our proactive support of exchanges between European and non-European cultures. In 2016 we supported the participation of a team from Uganda in the Düssel-Cup, and in 2017 our organisation team was joined by a Palestinian man who will be organising a new sport discipline. If there are any requirements to be met, based on experiences at the EuroGames 2019 or EGLSF-policies, we will clarify them in liaison with the EGLSF and the Diversity Committee. We intend to reach out to athletes in all European countries with our bid and our outreach programme.
We hope to continue the tradition of the EuroGames in 2020, and we would be proud to be a part of this tradition. We’ve documented our bid very extensively, and it includes several ideas (e.g. public finals on Saturday) which might contribute to the future development of the games. We hope to prove that it is possible to host the games at reasonable expenses so that other cities will be encouraged to bid. The EuroGames 2020 Düsseldorf will kick off with a comprehensive PR campaign. Very early on we will communicate information about the games at regular intervals via the LGBTIQ media in Germany, Europe and beyond. Our distribution list also includes other relevant media and sports associations.
In Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia we will network LGBTIQ groups to ensure that as many aspects of the community as possible are reflected in the games and enable them to participate. The visibility of the EuroGames 2020 in Düsseldorf will also be raised through the involvement of City Hall and the Municipal Tourism and Marketing Agency (banners, posters, use of city areas) and by linking the event with the Christopher Street Day (Pride) festival and parade.