Pride House to host gay sports matches during Olympics

Football, running and bowling all offered during gay London 2012 event, as well as debate on fighting homophobia in sport

Pride House to host gay sports matches during Olympics
27 July 2012

From football to bowling, Olympic gay event Pride House will be celebrating London 2012 with a smorgasboard of sports activities and tournaments.

The free LGBT festival for athletes, spectators, tourists, families and friends, has announced a number of sports contests and games as part of its programme of events at CA House in Limehouse Basin Marina, London, from 3 to 7 August.

One of the highlights include a seven-a-side soccer match hosted by gay club Phoenix FC in Mile End on 5 August, a five kilometer run in the Docklands area on 9 August and a ten-pin bowling match in Elephant and Castle on 10 August.

Leviathen Hendricks, president and founder of London’s Phoenix FC, said: ‘When I learned that a Pride House would be open, I knew that Phoenix FC should be a part of it.

‘We’re a club that’s focused on the growing LGBT population in east London, the home of the 2012 Olympics. Thanks to our sponsors, we’re able to offer a great 7-a-side event, and we look forward to plenty of visitors ready to join in the fun, which will continue in the evening with a party back at CA House.’

As well as an exhibition celebrating LGBT sports pioneers, Pride House will be hosting an open meeting on tackling homophobia in the Olympics.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell and Jonathan Cooper and Mark Stephens of the Human Dignity Trust will join the debate at Pride House on 4 August from 11am to 2pm.

Paul Brummitt, secretary of Pride House partners the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA), said: ‘Many participants from more tolerant countries were shocked at how much security was needed [at Pride House] in Budapest to protect us against threats of homophobic violence.

‘In far too many countries, homophobia denies people access to sport or forces them to keep quiet about their sexuality. The London Olympics, a model of inclusion and diversity in the host committee, are an opportunity for a loud call to action.’

Peter Tatchell recently called on the International Olympic Committee to refuse participation in the games to countries that discriminate in sport.

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