Paris on Monday won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games, seeing off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.
The 2014 games, both a sporting and cultural event, will take place in Cleveland and Akron in the United States.
The Gay Games – which take place every four years – see more than 10,000 participants take part.
The event retains similarities to the Olympic Games, although it had to change its name before the inaugural event in 1982 after legal objections by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over name rights.
Its organisers insist the games are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, religion or nationality, and include up to 36 sporting disciplines.
Welcoming the nomination, the city authorities said in a statement that Paris was “an open city that respects the universal values of openness, sharing and freedom”.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)