Sorry for being a day or so late with this one: Despite scorching temps in the 90s, Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty rallied a crowd to make a push for the Gay Games IX, The Freedom Games, in the nation's capital in 2014 and stage "the most successful games in history."
Fenty told the crowd of about one thousand at Stead Field on 17th Street in DuPont Circle: "This is a fabulous city. The city's hot right now—hot in lots of ways. We have, not only fabulous, but a growing GLBT community. We have organized sports in so many different ways. And we are more than ready to host the Gay Games, without any question."
The mayor continued: "What I'll say to you as the Mayor of the District of Columbia is, we will put the resources of the government at your disposal. We will make sure not only that we do everything necessary to make these games successful, but that they are the best Games ever, and no other city will ever be able to match the amount of support and resources we put into it."
Boston and Cleveland are also vying for the 2014 Gay Games. The District will makes its final presentation to the Federation of Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, in late September. The winning city will be announced Sept. 29.