Gay Games Director Fired as Event Nears

Thu. May 4, 2006 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne

Chicago, IL - With just 10 weeks before the start of the 2006 Chicago Gay Games, local organizers have confirmed that executive director Brian McGuiness has been fired.

Kevin Boyer, co vice chairman of the event told the Windy City Times, "The new structure was evolving out of a need for additional collaboration. This is the third structural change, based on the need for additional collaboration. Previously, we had changed based on visibility and fiscal financial planning."

"This isn’t really a dramatic difference in what has been happening over the last couple of months as we’ve evolved. To the outside world, this might appear as a significant change that is very close to the Games, but, for our purposes, it sort of represents a codification of what we’re already doing and the model that we had almost gotten to."

The board of directors named Christee Snell as managing director to replace McGuinness, who had been in charge for about a year. Snell is executive director of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the games’ board.

Earlier this week, organizers announced over 11,000 athletes are signed up for Gay Games.

Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006. Over 12,000 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 sports ranging from softball to dancesport, swimming to tennis.