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Olympic Pride House opens its doors for London 2012

London 2012 visitors and tourists are welcome to mingle with athletes at a gay friendly venue open for all who want to learn more about LGBT sports
Pride House is open to everyone including competing athletes, spectators, family and friends.

A gay venue for Olympic athletes, spectators, tourists, families and friends will open for social gatherings on LGBT sports.

Pride House 2012 has been organised by Pride Sports UK. The venue has been booked to bring together members, friends and families of the worldwide LGBT community coming to London for the games.

Live screenings of the games plus live music, exhibits and video presentations from local LGBT organisations will be on offer.

The weeklong event is to bring sports together for all. On offer is an exhibition by Pride Sports UK and the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) titled Against the Rules. The exhibition presents LGBT sports’ history and notable figures.

‘Pride House 2012 will provide a welcoming space for all, from Olympic athletes to recreational sports enthusiasts and spectators,’ said Lou Englefield, executive director at Pride House UK. ‘Our aim is to welcome everyone to learn more about the vibrant LGBT sport movement while celebrating the London games.’

Emy Ritt, co-president of Federation of Gay Games added: ‘With the opening of Pride House 2012, we continue to build the legacy of 1968 gay Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games.

‘We are pleased that Pride House 2012 will showcase LGBT sport and culture and the many clubs and organisations that have been created as a result of the first Gay Games in 1982.’

As well as celebrating sport, Pride House encourages healthy and active sexual lifestyles and promote global diversity. Exhibitions and meetings on these will be held.

Pride House 2012 will be held from 3 to 7 August at CA House in Limehouse Basin Marina, London. Plans for further events may be announced soon.

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

Overall scheduling of exhibitions and events are still in preparation. Entry is free of charge.

Other partners helping the event are the Federation of Gay Games, Pride House Foundation, the  European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, GLISA International and LGBT London.

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