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The International Gay Games has arrived in Cleveland

James W. Wade III | 8/12/2014, 12:36 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio is proud to be hosting the Gay Games.

Cleveland has more the 8,000 participants in the International Gay Games. They had their opening ceremony this past Saturday that was full of glitz and glamour. Located on Mall C in downtown Cleveland, Festival Village will open Sunday, August 10, from 2 p.m. to midnight. On Monday through Friday, August 11-15, the Village will kick off the end of each day’s competition starting at 4 p.m.

The headliners will be:

Sunday, August 10 (Village open 2 p.m.-midnight)

DJ Joe Gauthreaux, the New York-based, internationally known house DJ and producer, will be joined by DJ Saint and DJ Glisten as they spin the Dancin’ fundraiser, produced in conjunction with the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, an affiliate of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Monday, August 11 (Village open 4-11 p.m.)

JD Samson and MEN: The high-energy Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band is fronted by Samson, the Ohio-born former member of Le Tigre.

Tuesday, August 12 (Village open 4-11 p.m.)

Bright Light Bright Light: The rising star of electro-pop has been called the “hottest new thing in music” by Elton John.

Wednesday, August 13 (Village open 4-11 p.m.)

Jenny Owen Youngs: Also based in Brooklyn, Youngs has been called compelling, sophisticated and heartfelt by the Washington Post.

Thursday, August 14 (Village open 4-11 p.m.)

Detox: Finishing in the top four as a contestant on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Detox is known for her comedy parodies and unique style that has gotten her noticed in music videos from Rihanna, Kesha and Lady Gaga.

Le1f: The New York-based rapper and hip hop performer made his national television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in March.

Friday, August 15 (Village open 4 p.m.-midnight)

Ana Matronic: The female lead singer and songwriter of the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Scissor Sisters will bring her solo act to Festival Village.

Drag queen, actor, comedian and recording artist Pandora Boxx, best known as a former contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be the celebrity hostess for Monday through Friday.

The complete schedule with additional entertainers, including many local artists, will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

“Festival Village is the hub and heart of activities for all Gay Games participants, their friends and families, spectators and members of the general public,” says Brian Thornton, co-chair of the Festival Village committee. “It’s where community and connections will be formed, and where thousands of people will gather to meet up with friends, to meet new people, to celebrate their personal victories, to be entertained, to eat and drink, and to otherwise relax and enjoy Cleveland+Akron hospitality.”

Stay tune for more stories on these exciting events all week.