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11:45 | 20th August 2017

News: UK

Fri 2 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Given that we are the biggest events in the world, we are saying LGBT people are absolutely welcome as part of that, that is a step-change in how LGBT athletes, sportsmen and women, can feel comfortable in taking part in their sport

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London 2012 has revealed a new LGBT badge for its Olympics for athletes and public to wear with pride in a bid to stamp out homophobia within sport.

Head of diversity for the London 2012 Olympic games, Stephen Frost, said about the aims for the games and the importance the badge, a first of its kind, will have. At the ceremony he reportedly said: "Given that we are the biggest events in the world, we are saying LGBT people are absolutely welcome as part of that, that is a step-change in how LGBT athletes, sportsmen and women, can feel comfortable in taking part in their sport.”

Openly gay rugby player, Gareth Thomas, said at the ceremony that he will wear the pin with pride during the event.

The pins are a first to be created for an Olympic games event.



London is also the host for World Pride in 2012.

 

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