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History and Mission

Team Colorado is a 501c3 organization and in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Team Colorado was originally started in 1982 under the name of “Colorado Athletic Exchange”.  The CAE helped Artists and Athletes from Colorado to participate in the very first Gay Games in San Francisco in 1982 and the 2nd Gay Games in 1986 also.  The CAE became Team Colorado for the 1990 Gay Games III which were held in Vancouver, BC.

Team Colorado became incorporated in 1994 under the name Team Colorado of the Rockies, Inc which continues to be our legal entity as registered with the State of Colorado and in the same year sent over 200 participants to Gay Games IV / Stonewall 25 in New York City. We joined the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) in 1995 and hosted the Federation’s International Annual Meeting in Denver in 1997. Team Colorado USA sent over 100 artists and athletes to Amsterdam, the Netherlands to the Gay Games V.  The Gay Games VI was held “Under New Skies” in Sydney, Australia and over 150 folks from Colorado participated.

In 2006, when the FGG and GLISA sponsored separate sporting events, Team Colorado sent over 100 athletes to the Chicago Gay Games VII and over 100 athletes and artisans to the very first International OutGames and Human Rights conference in Montreal, Canada. The Opening Ceremonies were held at the Olympic Stadium, which also hosted the 1976 Olympics. The OutGames Opening and Closing Ceremonies were carried live on Canadian national television and over 45,000 spectators cheered on over 7,000 athletes from over 120 countries as they marched in.

After a brief hiatus, work began to revitalize Team Colorado and assist athletes and allies to participate in the 2009 2nd International OutGames in Copenhagen, Denmark.  On the closing Saturday night, Team Colorado ahtletes joined in as over 400,000 LGBT and allies celebrated EuroPride which was also scheduled in Copenhagen during the OutGames.

2010 saw Team Colorado sponsor the first ever SportsFest in conjunction with the LGBT Center of Colorado.  Over 300 athletes came from 3 different states and participated in 8 sports over a weekend in June. The program was so successful, the Center and Team Colorado have agreed to make it an annual event.  Only one month later, Team Colorado sent over 80 athletes and allies to the Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany and rejoined the Federation of Gay Games as a full membership organization.

And what could be one the biggest events in Team Colorado history, it was just announced that Team Colorado with the City of Denver and many other LGBT organizations are the ONLY Finalist for Host City for the 2015 North America OutGames.  The final decision and  announcement will be later this Spring.