|Welcome to Team Plus
Team Plus is the team for every participant in the Gay Games who is living with HIV/AIDS and thier partners.
Team Plus applied for 501(c)(3) status, pending
We aim to continue after the Gay Games and Out Games of 2006!!
Wear RED at Team Plus events (T-shirts or polos)
Chicago is home of a wonderful social group, Positive Force Chicago.
During your stay here, feel free to join us at our weekly coffee time each Sunday.
Location: Pause, a great coffee shop at 1107 W. Berwyn Ave. from 2pm to 4pm.
Directions: From CTA Red line, stop at Berwyn, walk east one half a block.
Team Plus will help with socizing and just being there for each other for this challenging time.
Dr. Berger from North Star Medical is the offical MD for the Gay Games. Dr. Berger and Northstar have vast exeperience with the HIV care.
Why Team Plus?
Because we can have needs beyond others at the Gay Games and Out Games, by having a team for our people and by our people, well be able to address those needs.
We will work with local medical staff with each games committee to ensure quality care or support services.
Getting Into the USA with HIV
A U.S. federal blanket waiver has been approved allowing non-U.S. citizens living with HIV/AIDS to travel to the United States to participate in or attend the Gay Games 2006. The Federation of Gay Games (FGG), and Chicago Games, Inc. (CGI), announced today that the waiver comes with federal approval of Designated Event Status for Gay Games VII Sports & Cultural Festival set for 15-22 July 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.
"Many people with HIV/AIDS and other life-affecting health issues have competed and set Masters-division records at past Gay Games, and we are happy that all participants from outside the United States once again will be able to travel freely to attend the Gay Games this summer," said Kathleen Webster, co-president of the international Federation of Gay Games.
HIV positive participants and attendees of Gay Games VII can now apply for a single entry B-2 travel visa from their local U.S. consulate. The visa, valid 8-28 July 2006, will be issued on a special form instead of being placed permanently in the person’s passport.
"Achieving Designated Event Status demonstrates our dedication to the Gay Games principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best and to our mission advocating for full acceptance and recognition of all LGBT people," said Brian McGuiness, Gay Games Executive Director. "We are grateful to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and the many CGI and FGG board, staff, volunteers and allies for helping us meet this important commitment to the HIV community."
Information regarding procedures on how to apply for the B-2 visa at U.S. consulates in different countries will be available shortly on the immigration and the Chicago Gay Games Web site.
For additional information, please contact Aimee Pine at the Chicago Games, Inc. offices at (773) 907-2006
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