For immediate release Toronto, August 2, 2012
The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association is proud to be a sponsor of Pride House 2012, which opens on Friday August 3 at CA House, Limehouse Basin, in the East End of London.
Pride House is an initiative of Pride Sports UK and is supported by a number of international and UK LGBT organizations (see below).
A much larger project of the same name to be held in a London park was cancelled a few weeks ago due to lack of funding. Since then, Pride Sports, a GLISA member organization, has taken the lead in setting up a more modest, but equally important venue.
The full program of activities for Pride House can be viewed at www.pridehouse2012.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pridehouse2012 . The program includes exhibitions and videos as well as a chance to relax and watch the Olympics on TV at the bar. A full sports program at various locations around London is also being finalized, which includes a GLISA sponsored football tournament on Sunday August 5.
A large number of local VIPs are expected to attend a reception and a media event to encourage the IOC to be more proactive about inclusion, and for sports in general to be more inclusive.
Invited guests include out Olympian Mark Tewksbury, Chef de Mission for Canada, a former gold medal swimmer in Barcelona 1992 and a founder of World Outgames 2006 in Montreal. Uffe Elbæk, the former CEO for the World Outgames 2009 in Copenhagen and current Danish Minister for Culture and Sport has also accepted an invitation to lunch on Sunday August 5.
Please see the above website and Facebook page for program changes, which may occur at short notice.
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Pride House Partners
Pride Sports, a social enterprise for the development of LGBT sport: pridesports.org.uk
EGLSF, the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation, bringing together over 300 European LGBT sports: eglsf.info
Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association, the governing body of the World Outgames, founded through the support of Mark Tewksbury, winner of three Olympic medals in 1998 and 1992, and chef de mission for Canada for the 2012 Olympic Games. glisa.org
LGBT Consortium (the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Voluntary and Community Organisations) is a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation that focuses on the development and support of LGBT groups, organisations and projects: lgbtconsortium.org.uk
LGBT London, an online portal for LGBT Londoners with information about local LGBT organisations: lgbtlondon.com
Phoenix Football Club, created in July 2008 to meet the needs of East and North London’s growing LGBT community, is hosting the Pride House football tournament on Sunday 5 August: phoenixfootballclub.co.uk
Pride House Foundation, a foundation to raise awareness about homophobia in sport, encourage healthy and active lifestyles and promote diversity and inclusion on a global scale: pridehousefoundation.org
FGG, the Federation of Gay Games, the governing body of the Gay Games: pridehouse.gaygames.org
Secretary, Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association
Tel: +45 50 43 26 19