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Gallery | World Outgames site selection committee visits South Florida before decision on 2017 games

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BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

World Outgames executives are in South Florida for a site visit in advance of final selection for the 2017 games.

Outgames site visit reception 2013-01-19 025In December, the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA), which produces the OutGames, named Miami Beach one of two finalists for 2017.

The games could attract tens of thousands of LGBT visitors to South Florida on Memorial Day Weekend in 2017. This year's games will be July 31-Aug. 11 in Antwerp, Belgium.

GLISA will announce Feb. 28 whether the 2017 games will be played in South Florida or in Reykjavík, Iceland. Three other cities also bid for the games: Denver, Rio de Janeiro and Rome. Click here to read more.

Above, GLISA Co-President Daniel Vaudrin of Toronto, state Rep. David Richardson of Miami Beach, Wessel van Kampen of Switzerland and Annette Wachter of Germany attend a site-selection reception Saturday night at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach.

Click here to view a gallery from Saturday's reception.

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