The City of Cleveland has agreed to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle a lawsuit over who will produce the 2014 Gay Games.

The lawsuit, filed last September in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, alleged that the City of Cleveland and the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) conspired to knock out Cleveland Synergy Foundation from acting as host of the games.

The FGG severed its relationship with Synergy, a non-profit group formed specifically to attract the Olympic-style event to the shores of Lake Erie, last July. FGG officials said they acted after Synergy failed to meet certain reporting requirements and had worked on events other than the Gay Games.

News of the settlement arrived as the case was set to go to trial.

“What we felt was that the longer this went on – the litigation itself – the less likely it was any party … could successfully run the 2014 Gay Games,” Attorney Richard Haber, who represents Synergy, told Spangle Magazine. “And resolving the lawsuit was in the best interest of all parties and in the best interest of the Gay Games.”

“[Synergy] will not take an active role in the 2014 Gay Games,” he added.

Synergy was prepared to argue at trial that several board members of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the group taking the helm of the games, had made homophobic remarks, and that the games should be run by a group dedicated to Cleveland's LGBT community. (A video report on some of the claims is embedded in the right panel of this page.)