Gay Britons ready to carry Olympic torch

The official countdown to the Olympic Games in London has begun with a torch relay in Greece and the UK

Gay Britons ready to carry Olympic torch
11 May 2012

Four gay Britons are preparing to carry the Olympic torch along its route around the UK, as the iconic flame is finally lit in Greece.

In a traditional ceremony yesterday (10 May), the flame was lit by the rays of the sun at the Temple of Hera, next to the historic ruins of the home of the ancient Olympic Games.

The torch will now be taken on an eight-day relay around Greece before travelling to the UK on 18 May, where it starts its 70-day journey around the country the next day (19 May), finally arriving in London in time for the games’ opening ceremony on 27 July.

Trevor Burchick, 51, Jason Bromley, 32, Tim Sullivan, 51, and 33-year-old Chris Basiurski have all been chosen to carry the iconic torch along its route in Britain because of their contributions to LGBT sport and arts.

Burchick, who will be carrying the flame through the town of Stockport in the north of England on 24 June, was nominated for the honor because of his work in encouraging more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to take part in over 30 different sports by founding social enterprise Pride Sports.

He told Gay Star News he is excited about being a torchbearer, but never gets nervous.

‘I’m waiting to receive my uniform for the day so I can make sure I have the right trainers to match,’ he joked.

He added: ‘I only have to carry the torch for about 300 meters, so maybe I’ll do a funny dance or run around in circles or something.

‘It’s a really great honor to take part in an event like this. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.’

See the Olympic flame being lit below.



No thumbnail available

Trans Against Me! lead singer relieved by fans' cheers

Laura Jane Grace, who shot to fame as Tom Gabel, makes San Diego debut
No thumbnail available

Civil rights groups call on federal judge to make marriage equality legal in Alabama

'Alabama couples deserve the security and protection that marriage provides'
No thumbnail available

GOP lawmaker says gays in military issue settled even if Romney wins presidency

Howard McKeon believes focus should now be on restoring military funding
No thumbnail available

Singaporean lesbian activist meets law minister

Following a Facebook exchange, Singapore's law minister K Shanmugam meets with lesbian activists
No thumbnail available

Orange is the New Black actress named Manchester Pride Grand Marshal

Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, is excited to come back to Manchester. ‘The girls there are really hot!’
No thumbnail available

We should stop expecting the Oscars to support gay films

Don’t ask the Oscars to care about us. Just stop caring about the Oscars
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay marriage Equalities Minister vows to protect gay marriage

Caroline Dinenage may have voted against it, but she says she'll help to progress LGBTI rights in her new role
No thumbnail available

Hillary Clinton accepts World Pride Award

The US Secretary of State sends 'powerful' message to world on gay rights as four men are due to be hanged for sodomy in Iran
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Moldova votes for anti-gay bigot ban

Bill which would see people who discriminate against sexual minorities at work face fines or even jail passes second reading in Moldova parliament