Pride House, for Gay Athletes, Comes to London Olympics
LGBT athletes and spectators will have a place to hang out during the London Olympics as officials have announced the launch of a Pride House, Out Sports reported.
The initial Pride House for the 2012 Olympics was intended to be held at Clapham Common (a park located in South London), but it never materialized due to a lack of funding and sponsors.
The new Pride House will be located in CA House on Limehouse Basin and will run from August 3 to 7. Other events at Pride House will take place through August 12, which is the last day of the Olympic games.
"Pride House 2012 will celebrate sport for all while bringing together members and friends of the worldwide LGBT community to view live screenings of London 2012 and discuss relevant topics related to LGBT sport," officials from Pride House wrote in a release. "The varied programme will also include live music from local LGBT organisations, exhibits, and video presentations, as well as an associated sports programme, including a Football v Homophobia football tournament."
The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, the Federation of Gay Games, GLISA International, the LGBT Consortium and the Pride House Foundation will sponsor Pride House.
Lou Englefield, Pride Sports UK Executive Director, said Pride House would "provide a welcoming space for all, from Olympic athletes to recreational sports enthusiasts and spectators" and "to welcome everyone to learn more about the vibrant LGBT sport movement while celebrating the London games."