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Comment: Sport and spectacle – the queer side of the Olympics

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  1. I don’t know if I will be watching, rumour has it that it will be david beckham lighting the Olympic flame. If so then I won’t be watching any of the games.

    1. Dane B. McFadhen 26 Jul 2012, 2:51pm

      But Sevrin, with 14 ‘out’ gay athletes and a Pride House, it sure promises to be unlike others. Never before have so many gay and lesbian people been on this mammoth platform.
      I think it’s kind of cool, myself. So much so, I’ve been posting pictures on my Facebook site.
      Can’t wait.


  2. ‘something distinctly queer’?

    ‘Gregory Woods is Professor of Gay & Lesbian Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University.’

  3. Dude! men in tuxes WAS the Los Angeles folk costume and concert! Not to see that is maybe not to get how queer television is in the first place.

  4. GlobalGayz 26 Jul 2012, 4:19pm

    From the original nude marathon to today’s gender-separate sports competitions the Olympic Games are bathed in homo-philiac energy. Displaying one’s musculature, curvature and contours in strenuous and balletic performance in the presence of similar like-minded others is an exhibitionistic and auto-erotic experience that charges and stimulates fellow athletes and spectators alike. A thing of beauty is a joy today in the flesh and a memory forever. I’m a long-time competitive swimmer (all Gay and Out Games since 1986) and I should know a thing or two about the mental rush and physical delight of being surrounded by a thousand other Speedo-clad athletes. No wonder swimming is among the most sought after ticket at the Olympics!

  5. While we’re on the subject of the queer Olympics, let’s not forget that in the ancient Olympics the athletes were entirely nude, and only men were allowed to be spectators.

    1. Yes, but that was the convention of its time and shouldn’t be overinterpreted too imaginatively.

      It’s also worth noting that all the activities in the original Olympic games were martial skills that were undertaken by men of military age only – none of them were pointless ‘sports’ like, say, synchronised swimming, they all had practical use for men in war.

  6. What? Big spectacle is somehow inherently GBLT? How much do we have to reach?

    But while talking about how “GBLT” the games are, we’ll still be alongside countries that kill and torture people for being gay

    So I won’t be tuning in – when a sports organisation decides running round in circles is more important than GBLT people dying then it doesn’t matter how spectacular their celebrations are

  7. Interestingly, the opening ceremony will be on the 45th anniversary of the coming into force of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, the decisive legal breakthrough which decriminalized sex between adult men in England & Wales.

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