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Gay Londoners come out for sport during Olympics

Gay Londoners come out for sport during Olympics

With just one week before the Olympics begin in the UK capital, LGBT Londoners are being called on to embrace the spirit of the games and join a gay sports club.

Out For Sport Week will run in between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, from 13 to 19 August, and aims to encourage more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to get involved with sport.

OutPlay Squash, Hackney Women’s Football Club, London Frontrunners, KB Kickboxing and Out to Swim are among the 18 clubs offering free taster sessions during the week.

Sion O’Connor of Out For Sport said: ‘Many lesbian, gay, bi and trans people had negative experiences of sport in school, college or elsewhere.

‘London’s LGBT sports clubs want to showcase London’s vibrant and inclusive LGBT sports community and show that it has something to offer everyone, regardless of age or ability.’

Sports clubs have also organized social events during the week, including a women’s drinks at the Oak Bar near Stoke Newington on 15 August and a picnic at Clapham Common on 15 August, hosted by the London Royals hockey club.

Organizers of the Olympic Games have been heavily criticized for not offering enough support to LGBT people in sport and helping to tackle homophobia in sport.

Despite no funding from the International Olympic Committee or the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has given its backing to gay sports event Pride House, which runs from 3 to 7 August.

For more information on Out For Sport Week and register for a place on a taster session, visit the event’s Facebook page here.