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AUGUST 1990 IN LGBT HISTORY

The jocks have it.

When the first Gay Games were held in 1982 in San Francisco, the world got to see what the LGBT community had always known: that athletic prowess was hardly the exclusive domain of heterosexual males. Not everyone was ready for such an out-and-proud event. In 1990—25 years ago this month—when Vancouver became Canada’s first host of the games, religious zealots and political conservatives loudly condemned them. Fortunately, cheers from those who came to support the more than 7,000 competitors were heard far above the cynics’ voices.

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