McEwen and Shea’s interviews capture the optimism felt by the advocates of Celebration ’90 in the lead up to Games and by those who experienced them firsthand. These statements imagine a future beyond the personal bests, pageantry and parties of the Games.
Shawn Kelly spoke directly to LGBTQ2S+ people who had not yet come out.
At a press conference during the Literary Festival, Jane Rule was asked why she thought it was important that artists participate in Celebration ’90. She made a passionate case for the necessity for LGBTQ2S+ people to stand up for their rights even if it put them at personal risk.
Writer Yves Navarre’s reading at the Literary Festival opened with a statement about the Gay Games success. He later recites a series of “Private Statements”. In number seven, he lays out how the LGBTQS2+ community might change after Celebration ’90.
Board member Coreen Douglas talked about how the Games made it possible to imagine what it felt like to be in the majority.