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David Cameron supports bid for London to host 2018 Gay Games

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  1. That’s great Dave, hopefully you won’t be in government then though.

    1. Craig Denney 11 Jan 2013, 3:08pm

      Absolutely, there is no way the Tories are going to win the next election and the only reason they are supporting the gay games is to say what a waist of money it will be when they are in opposition.

      1. de Villiers 11 Jan 2013, 4:34pm

        Do not be so miserable! The Prime Minister of the Conservative Party supports the gay games and does so publicly. That is a Good Thing.

        1. Well done Dave! You have gone out of your way to show support for the gay community, against much of your own party, and I for one think that deserves praise. Some people on here will criticise you if you are for them OR against them which is quite frankly a ridiculous position.

  2. Jock S. Trap 11 Jan 2013, 2:13pm

    Good for David Cameron. Let’s hope for a nice bit of cheer and success for 2018 then!! :)

  3. I dont think we need the ‘gay games’ i mean, we’re trying to prove we’re the same as everyone else, why single ourselves out like this?? xx

    1. To show people we are the same, and do the same things. The Olympics had just a handful of LGBT competitors because homophobia is rife in sport.

    2. Craig Denney 11 Jan 2013, 3:16pm

      Exsactly Naomi,

      I want ‘equal’ rights not different rights. This will only re-inforce discrimination.

      The para Olympics are for people who are disabled, are gay’s disabled?

      No we are not.

    3. Naomi,
      Gay people find it very difficult to participate in sport and the gay games is a great way to promote sport to a minority group that would be otherwise not have the opportunity.
      I also think that there should be other events where non athletes can participate in major sporting events like this.
      I do hope London wins, as I will be entering, and doing my hardest to get as many of my LGBT squash club members to come along too.
      I just hope Dave hasn’t given this the kiss of death.

      1. Craig Denney 11 Jan 2013, 3:52pm

        Gay people took part in the Olympic games and disabled people could not take part, thats why they have the Para Olympics, so why are we having the Gay Games????

        The general public will turn against the gay community and Dave knows that, thats why he’s doing it.

    4. de Villiers 11 Jan 2013, 4:35pm

      Why not? We have a Six Nations Rugby Tournament and Commonwealth Games where participation is restricted on grounds of nationality?

      I am certainly not the same as everyone else and enjoy sharing the gay fraternity and solidarity.

  4. Interesting report.

    But why was there any need to bring Fox’s disagreement with equal marriage into an article which is nothing to do with that subject?

    1. No need at all…. :O)))

  5. The Halcyon 11 Jan 2013, 3:29pm

    Given the blunders and catastropes of World Pride last year, I wouldn’t give this city anything like that again to organise. Not for a good long time (and for Boris to be kicked out of City Hall)

    1. You wouldn’t give a large sporting event to a city that hosted one of the world’s largest sporting events very successfully last year?

    2. de Villiers 11 Jan 2013, 4:37pm

      Let us have it in London! I would even stay in the city for it, rather than going home to France as I did during the Olympics.

  6. Kudos David Cameron!

    So far he’s continually proved himself to be upfront, with transparent leadership in support for GLBT rights and diversity.

    At least he’s not playing both angles like Julia Gillard who…

    On one hand strongly opposed equal marriage and then on the other politically came out in support of the gay games becuase it was good for Australia.

  7. It’s nice that he’s supportive of it, but I disagree with the whole idea of the Gay Games. It sounds far too much like “separate but equal”.

    If it’s okay to have homosexual-only games, is it fine then to have white-only games?

    1. I understand your logic… I once felt similarly! Then a fay friend who had competed in the LA games shared the following perspective:

      Certain countries or sponsors would not knowingly allow or support gay athletes to represent their countries, even if they managed to qualify.

      Supposedly (his explanation) The gay games were started to allow a discrimination -barrier free event to participate in of their own volition, own expense! and fewer barriers to qualification.

      Since that time the games have become successful in their own right and continue to be a recognized and respected sporting event. Although not to be compared with the Paralympics, they similarly are hosted separately in a prejudice free environment where GLBT participate to show they are equally as capable at sports as conventional Olympians.

      Surely being seen as equally capable and competitive on the world stage is a good thing if it helps dispel myth and bigotry! and helps inspires LGBT youth with role models.?

      1. Sorry, fat fingers F & G too close fay should read gay! :(

  8. Haras -Roze 50+ Nederland - 14 Jan 2013, 3:18pm

    Well done

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