ON YOUR MARK …GET SET…the 2014 Gay Games and coming to Cleveland & Akron
“GG9” or Gay Games 9 is a huge upcoming attraction not to be missed. This is one of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world, and will be taking place from 09 to 14 August 2014. Akron and Cleveland Ohio will together welcome over 11,000 participants from more than 65 countries for the weeklong event. With the enthusiasm and investment in such upcoming events, fused together with the growing population of Akron, it’s clear that this small town city is just at the start of its scope for growth and a great venue for the free spirited traveler.
The 2014 Gay Games is about fun, games and culture too. The founding principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™ mean the Games are open to everybody regardless of sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, religion, nationality, political convictions, age, physical condition or athletic ability.
Cleveland’s 50,000 acres of parkland crowned with a Great Lake, boast the best of clean city living. Often described as the pinnacle of urban life with its friendly inhabitants, affordable entertainment, and an unpretentious host of inviting things to do. Modern art centers, musical events, easy-going restaurants, and great nightlife. Cleveland’s two million residents are not short of exciting opportunities and new places to go as this town has blossomed into an intriguing world of opportunity with a free thinking approach and relaxed way of life.
Cleveland has a great many gay and lesbian bars and restaurants, each one intriguing and novel in its appeal. One of the most popular is Twist, located in the gay-friendly suburb of Lakewood. Hamilton’s is another popular gay bar with a slightly more eloquent touch, for those wanting something with a refined edge. For all you meat lovers, Lola’s Bistro should satisfy your carnivorous side with its palatable menu and melt in the mouth dishes. Alternatively, add a little sound impact to your dining experience and give “Jazz 28” a whirl. The live music, sumptuous food offering, and spirited atmosphere all gel together to bring you a lively evening out.
Akron’s LGBT community is thriving. There is plenty on offer if you’re looking for entertainment, the best of which can be found in the famous Highland Square. This is considered to be the most eclectic neighborhood, with its musical and artistic history endearing it towards the modern day busy urban feel it evokes. This fashionable district is also the dwelling place of numerous visitors to the number one voted gay and lesbian bar in the area, “Square Nightclub”.
If clubbing is not your cup of tea and you’re looking for something a little less hectic, then fear not, there are plenty of other restaurants and bars in this hip neck of the woods. Check out “Amigos Mexican Grill” or “Aladdin’s Eatery”, where you will feel quite at home in their queer friendly inviting atmosphere.