The Gay Games Heats Up!

Soldier Field gets rainbow-hued as the Gay Games opened with glitz, this past Saturday night. Photo by Judy Rolfe for Gay Games VII.

Things are sporty—and insanely hot—in Chicago as the Gay Games VII charge ahead full-throttle. Yes, temperatures may have topped 100 degrees as Sunday’s events officially got underway, but the Gay Games officials are already taking special precautionary measures, putting hydration and medical support teams on alert. Sounds like a good time to be competing in water sports!

A participant in Saturday’s Rainbow Run at the Gay Games feels the heat.

Saturday’s opening ceremonies brought talented types such as Andy Bell, Margaret Cho, Megan Mullally introducing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Jody Watley, Kate Clinton, Frankie Knuckles, and lots more, including former NFL-star Esera Tuaolo singing the Gay Games Anthem.

All week you can expect news from the games on, and Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler and his team will be delivering photos, opinionated first-person coverage, and commentary galore. Andy at Towleroad also already has some fun reports, as well as links to lots of Flickr photos pages from the Games. Plus, the CBS News on Logo team will be filing reports from Chicago daily, full of saucy video footage.

And yes, there was a streaker at the Opening Ceremonies, prompting Margaret Cho to comment: “I was so glad I got to see the streaker up close. Sitting by the field, balls whizzing by my head, oh yes, this is the Gay Games.”

Play ball, folks! And stay cool. And check out the pics from Chicago below…

Opening Ceremonies: Soldier Field gets full of gays!

Megan Mullally and Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley head up to the stage to welcome all the Gay Gamers.

The cheerleading crews hit the field to rally the gay troops.

Maggie Cho loves the gays!

So does Jody Watley!

Andy Bell does, too. And he loves Madonna.

Olympic medalist Greg Louganis took the stage to give out the Tom Waddell award for outstanding service in athletics. Nice ’stache!

The athletes grouped up to hit the field during the Opening Ceremonies. Here’s Taiwan…

And some of the Australian contingent.

And the happy Irish crew…

And Papua New Guinea gets some representation, too!

A solemn moment during the festivities…

And more fireworks! Yay!

And on Sunday, sports got underway…

There were swimming events…

More swimming as part of the triathlon…

Rubdowns and triage to keep the triathletes healthy and moving…

And then more running. Go, go, go!!!