Cleveland beat fellow finalists Boston and D.C. to host Gay Games IX from August 9 to 16, 2014. The judges cited the Ohio city's excellent venues, savvy financial plan, and "widespread community support." If you're so inclined, you can watch a replay of the announcement here. Next summer's games in Cologne have already registered 1,700 athletes.
1982: San Francisco
1986: San Francisco
1994: New York
2006: Montreal Chicago
On the south shore of Lake Eerie, Cleveland boasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square Center (the nation's second largest arts complex after Lincoln Center), and the Cleveland Museum of Art, home of this Flandrin portrait and 40,000 other treasures.