EU backs Olympic Pride House exhibit with €10,000

European Union supports LGBT sport exhibition timed to run during London 2012

EU backs Olympic Pride House exhibit with €10,000
19 July 2012

The European Union has pledged €10,000 ($12,300) to support an exhibition at Olympic gay sports event, Pride House.

The EU will give financial backing to an exhibition on LGBT sports pioneers, including Amelie Mauresmo, Billie Jean King, Judith Arndt, Justin Fashanu and Tom Waddel.

Against the Rules will run at Pride House, a gay event for Olympic athletes, spectators, tourists, families and friends, and is part of a project coordinated by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation on ‘Preventing and Fighting Homophobic Violence in Sport’.

Lou Englefield, executive director of lead partner Pride Sports, explained how the exhibition fits the mission of Pride House 2012.

She said: ‘We want to offer a place for LGBT people and friends to meet, relax, and enjoy the London Olympic experience. But we also want this to be a learning experience and a resource for local and international visitors.

‘An exhibition like Against the Rules offers a particularly engaging and inspirational way to contribute to this educational mission.’

The show also includes background information on the history of LGBT sport.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games have backed Pride House, but given no financial support to the event.

The week-long Pride House event in Limehouse, organized by Pride Sports UK in collaboration with the Federation of Gay Games and the Pride House Foundation, will also include screenings of the games plus live music and video presentations from local LGBT organizations.

Pride House 2012 will be held from 3 to 7 August at CA House in Limehouse Basin Marina, London.

For more information or if you want to volunteer in helping with Pride House, simply visit the Pride House 2012 website. Entry is free of charge.

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