Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games Has Died
For many people worldwide, Marc Naimark is synonymous with the Gay Games. Sadly, Marc died on April 8 in Paris where he resided. Emy Ritt, past female president of the Federation of Gay Games, sent the following email to Marc’s friends and supporters recounting some of his many contributions to the Federation of Gay Games (FGG):
With great sadness, this message is to let you know that Marc Naimark is no longer of this world. Since Marc’s involvement with the Gay Games in 1998, we have had the privilege to witness his kindness and compassion, his brilliance and genius. Thanks to his diligence and patience, FGG and the Gay Games benefited from so many of Marc’s ideas and initiatives.
To name just a few:
* Increased flexibility for the Gay Games sports component
* Reorganized the Site Selection Request for Proposal documents
* Initiated Gay Games Awards program
* Enhanced visibility of FGG and the Gay Games via the blog
* Automated communication from blog to Facebook to twitter
* Promoted the Gay Games via online publications, such as SLATE.COM
* Provided key support for Pride House London 2012 and the International Pride
* House initiative
* Collaborated with Gay.Net on behalf of FGG
* Provided support for the Open Games and SOCHI-related actions
* Assisted with the historic FGG meeting with the IOC President
* Established multiple contacts with external organizations
* Worked with Paris 2018 on several projects – translation, website, accessibility
The list could go on and on. Marc was always there, ready to help, providing support in any way possible. … Our thoughts are with Jimmy, his partner of 15 years.
Oakland A’s Stands Sure to be Filled for LGBT Pride Night
Thanks to Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle, the stands should be filled at the A’s first LGBT Pride Night slated for their June 17 game against the San Diego Padres. When some season ticket holders balked at the idea, Dolan, who has two moms who are both diehard Oakland fans, offered to buy their tickets to fill the stadium.
She wrote in a blog post that although it made her sad to read some of the replies against having “a night of inclusion for the LGBT community,” she said that “If attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!”
Dolan and Doolittle are donating the tickets to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for homeless LGBTQ youth and Dolan has also started a GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/qeuuz4) that as of this writing has collected $35, 953 that will go toward tickets and donations.
On that page Dolan has written the following: “Just as a reminder of who you’re helping; many of these teens and young adults at Our Space are people who don’t have a home, and often that’s as a result of them coming out to their families. They need a sense of community and family more than anybody. That’s why Pride Night is important. I want to show them that no matter their own personal situation, they ALWAYS have a family and a community among Oakland Athletics fans.”
In response to Dolan’s outreach funding efforts, the A’s have already opened up two extra sections of seating. Way to go Dolan and Doolittle!
Jameis Winston: Ready for the NFL On the Field But Not Off the Field
According to David Cornwell, attorney for top NFL draft prospect Jameis Winston, the star Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is ready to be an NFL quarterback on the field but not yet ready for life in the NFL off the field. Cornwell set up a recent meeting for Winston with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at Winston’s request. The NFL has resources to help players make a successful transition off the field, resources that Cornwell said were explained to Winston during his meeting with Goodell and Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations.
At a symposium last month hosted by Villanova’s Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, Winston’s major legal issue over his alleged 2012 sexual assault of a Florida State classmate was the main topic of Cornwell’s discussion. Although investigated by the Tallahassee police department, no charges were filed. And in a December hearing presided over by a former Florida Supreme Court justice to determine whether or not Winston had violated the school’s code of conduct, the ruling said there was “insufficient” evidence against Winston.
In recounting the meeting with Goodell, Cornwell revealed that the young player walked up to a Super Bowl trophy in Goodell’s office and said “I want to get one of these.” Goodell then motioned to another trophy and said, “I prefer you get one of those.” The other trophy was the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for volunteer and charity work.
Accusing the new media of one-sided reporting in its coverage of the Winston investigation, Cornwell said Winston was falsely characterized as getting “special” treatment because he was a football star, a conclusion he called “born out of ignorance” and “fueled primarily by a media, a sports media that has completely abdicated its responsibility, its journalistic responsibility.”
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