On November 24, 2022 the organizers of Gay Games Guadalajara and Vallarta Pride held a press conference at Industry Night Club to publicize the details of Puerto Vallarta’s participation in the Gay Games XI 2023.
Mónica Sánchez, Executive Director of Gay Games Guadalajara, explained the Gay Games is a non-profit sporting, cultural and social event open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation. The only requirement is the participant has to be over 18 years of age. The XI edition in Guadalajara will consist of twenty sports disciplines, cultural events, a fashion show, conferences on health, labor inclusion and the economy, as well as after events held in Puerto Vallarta. More than 8,000 athletes will participate from November 3 to 11, 2023 with 50% of the athletes from North America, 25% from Europe, 15% from Mexico and Latin America and 10% from the rest of the world.
Here are the highlights from the conference
Alex Serratos, Director of Marketing and Communication of Gay Games Guadalajara, mentioned a 50% discount on registrations for Mexican participants.
Alfredo Soria, Ambassador in Puerto Vallarta of Gay Games Guadalajara, stressed the importance of Puerto Vallarta being the after destination of the Gay Games starting November 12, 2023. This promotes inclusion and bringing the LGBTQ+ community closer to sports, from which it has historically been excluded, as well as offering safe spaces to do so.
The Representative of the State of Jalisco, Susana Rodríguez, endorsed the government’s support for diversity, sports and inclusion. She mentioned that more than 16,000 visitors are expected and tourism revenue of approximately 600 million pesos generated.
Javier Jimenez, organizer of Vallarta Pride 2023 announced this year Pride will include arts and culture events, a fashion show and several sporting events. In February 2023 the first community race will be held in Puerto Vallarta. He also stated Vallarta Pride is not just a party and will provide support to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
Arabela Guajardo, General Director of AMI agency, which manages Vallarta Pride Marketing, mentioned events with a dance show by México de Colores at Los Arcos del Malecón where everyone in Puerto Vallarta can enjoy and understand the LGBTQ+ community.
Special guest Jobis Shosho, as representative of the Original Peoples and migrants in Mexico, explained the need to be visible and heard, requested support for the communities LGBTQ+ indigenous people, who suffer from significant deficiencies, in addition to being unaware of their own rights.