We are sponsoring LGBT participants from locations other than Canada, the United States, Western Europe, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong because discrimination, be it in public life or at home, is still more often the rule than the exception in Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. An open and visible gay and lesbian life is unimaginable in many places.
From our own history, we are aware how important it is to create possibilities for people to meet in times of rejection by society; and that it is a tremendous source of strength and encouragement.
We are showing a clear sign of solidarity simply in doing what we do best: enabling people to meet through sport, culture, and discussions of human rights. The Outreach Program enables us to make Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames a truly global event.