I have mixed feelings about this, given the poor LGBTQI record of the olympics taken as a whole.
Like most sports governing bodies the IOC is run by a previous generation of people who mostly don’t “get” the problems we face, so see us as troublemakers for even bringing up issues. However, the best way we combat that is to get involved, ensure that LGBT athletes and officials have our total support, and raise awareness amongst the upper echelons as that generation gets replaced.
I saw the torch relay in London yesterday. Have to say I got all excited about the Games for the first time.
after a lot of thought about others comments like yours, I support what happened. The job is not to stick our head in the sand, but to get involved as this guy did. BTW Havent read the whole report but other blogs say he kissed his boyfriend at the end
Bet a lot of the church’s Pedoriests and hierarchy came in their panties.
This is a fantastic story – well done Chris! I am really pleased that they selected Chris to carry the Olympic torch for his work promoting inclusiveness in football and chairing the network for the LGBT footballing community.
There is no place for homophobia in the Olympics and the Peter Tatchell Foundation is campaigning against homophobia in the Olympics.
At present, homophobia is being permitted by the IOC in direct violation of the Olympic Charter. The IOC is failing to enforce the Olympic Charter.
“The Olympic Charter prohibits discrimination in sport but it is not being enforced by the IOC”, said Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner.
For all the details, please read Peter Tatchell’s open letter to Lord Coe (Chair of LOCOG) and Jacques Rogge (President of the IOC) here:
This is such a positive story! Well done Chris! It is excellent news that Chris was chosen as an Olympic torchbearer for his work promoting inclusiveness in football and for chairing the network for the LGBT footballing community.
Homophobia has no place in the Olympics and the Peter Tatchell Foundation is campaigning against homophobia in the Olympics.
At present homophobia is being permitted by the IOC in direct violation of the Olympic Charter. The IOC is failing to enforce the Olympic Charter.