As Sydney sparkles in the early summer of 2002, fourteen thousand lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgender and straight people – and thousands of their nearest and dearest from around the globe – will gather to celebrate sport and culture – under new skies. These first Gay Games in the southern hemisphere will be a celebration rich in new experiences, new adventures and new friends.

Official merchandise now on sale!

Official Sydney 2002 Gay Games merchandise is now available online. A range of high-quality clothing, hats and other items will ensure that you’re wearing the hottest brand of 2002.

Tickets now on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for Sydney 2002 Gay Games Events! Purchase tickets to everything from Broadway legend Bea Arthur to the finals of the Basketball competition, from the spectacular Opening Ceremony to the Let’s Get Physical Physique Show, from Sunset Party under the stars next to Sydney Harbour to the new Australian opera Lindy under the roof of Sydney Opera House. We’ve got sport, arts, parties, spectaculars – there will be something for absolutely everyone at the Gay Games. Check the ticketing pages for Celebrations, Ceremonies, Culture and Sport.

Hosted Housing

Sydney 2002 has appointed as the Official Supplier of Host Accommodation. The Hosted Housing Program endeavours to provide accommodation for as many participants as required, catering for scholarship participants as a priority. also allows Sydney 2002 participants to register for accommodation according to their budget and personal requirements. Host, Budget and Share Accommodation is being offered, allowing participants the ability to find and select suitable accommodation. Sydneysiders can be involved by registering to host a Sydney 2002 participant in their home. For more information, check out our Hosted Housing pages.

Exclusive offer!

You can now order your memento of the Sydney 2002 Gay Games. Shot specifically for Sydney 2002, these three aerial photographs capture Sydney at its famous best:

The breath-taking Sydney Harbour and city surrounds

The Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, venue of the 2002 Sydney Gay Games Opening Ceremony

Homebush Bay, the venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and site of many Sydney 2002 Gay Games events

Fully framed and measuring 740mm x 570mm

Finished in a spectacular printed matboard and contemporary silver timber moulding, ready to hang

If you are a participant, you can personalize your plaque

Telling tales

With 14,060 participants expected at Sydney 2002, we know there are 14,060 compelling individual stories just waiting to be unearthed and shared with the world. Part of making Sydney 2002 a success is publicizing it, and to do this we need to know about you, your personal journey, your goals, and your dreams. Our Marketing and Communications Department is compiling a file of great stories to use in the lead-up to and during the Games. Of course, personal choices about types of media will be respected and permission will be sought before any stories are given out. If you think you have an interesting story that the media would be interested in (come on, don’t be shy).

Women at Gay Games VI

The Sydney 2002 Gay Games will set a benchmark for lesbian visibility. Our goal is fifty percent female participation. We will also reach out to women across the world – Asia, the Pacific – as well as women living in rural and regional areas of Australia plus younger women from every country.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Becoming associated with Sydney 2002 Gay Games VI, Sport and Cultural Festival offers a great opportunity for companies to address both the international and domestic gay and lesbian demographic through a high profile, world class sporting and cultural event.