A gay pride sports event launch next week in Warsaw amid fears for the safety of LGBT soccer fans during the Euro 2012 championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Activists, politicians and representatives from the footballing world, as well as supporters, will attend the launch of Euro Pride House in the Polish capital on 8 June.
Organized by the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, the initiative aims to tackle homophobia and other forms of discrimination through sport.
Running throughout June, events at Euro Pride House will include the screening of soccer matches, a table football tournament and debates.
However, the event comes amid growing concern for the safety of fans visiting Euro 2012 in host countries Poland and Ukraine after violent clashes with the LGBT community during Kyiv’s first ever pride parade.
Euro Pride House co-president, Lou Manders, said their event will provide a ‘safe’ haven for gay people to enjoy sport.
He said: ‘Euro Pride House is a place for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community to enjoy Euro 2012 in safety alongside straight friends, allies and fellow supporters in an environment of tolerance and respect for fundamental human rights.’