Photos: 10th Gay Games Kicks Off in Paris

The first Gay Games was held in 1982, in San Francisco.

The 10th Gay Games officially kicked off this weekend, on August 4, in Paris, France.

The event, modeled after the Olympics and first held in San Francisco in 1982, brings LGBTQ athletes from around the globe to compete in a show of solidarity, strength, and unity. It will continue through August 12, with some 12,700 participants from 91 countries, according to Reuters.

Athletes from countries that still have laws banning consensual same-sex relationships, as well as other restrictive anti-LGBTQ laws, are among those countries represented, including athletes from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Russia.

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Participants marching onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games edition at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018.

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Participants of the French team marching onto the field.

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (C) smiles as she visits the installations during the inauguration of the sport village of the 2018 Gay Games’ edition, on the Parvis de l’Hotel de Ville, in Paris, on August 4, 2018, on the sidelines of the opening of the Gay Games.

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French Sports Minister Laura Flessel gestures as she delivers a speech on stage during the inauguration of the sport village of the 2018 Gay Games.

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A man wears a cosplay of the statue of liberty as attends the inauguration of the sport village of the 2018 Gay Games’ edition.

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Participants of the U.S. team marching onto the field.

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Participants of the South African team marching.

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A participant of the Brazilian team marching.

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Participants of the Puerto Rican team marching.

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Participants of the Irish team marching.

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Participants of the Chinese team marching.

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A participant of the Australian team holds an inflatable kangaroo as he marches.

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Participants of the Mexican team marching.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games.

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Drag queen Ada Vox sings during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games.

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A man prepares to light the flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games.

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Athletes compete at the fencing event of the 2018 Gay Games at the Salle Armand Massard in Paris on August 5, 2018.

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French Athlete Olivier Helan Chapel shakes hands with others athletes at the fencing event of the 2018 Gay Games.

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