Big news from London: Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s “It Gets Better Project” will be a partner at Pride House London, the LGBTQ cultural center/pavilion for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London from July 26-August 12, 2012. Pride House London is the brainchild of Canadian entrepreneur Chad Molleken who was inspired by the success of the first Pride House during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler, Canada. From the official Pride House London press announcement:
“Next summer Pride House will welcome athletes, dignitaries, media, Londoners and visitors from around the world with a dynamic and entertaining program in support of the LGBT community”, said Chad Molleken, Executive Director of Pride House London. “It has been extremely rewarding to see the interest and engagement from organizations and individuals from around the world and today we are proud to announce partnerships with the It Gets Better Project, UK Pride Sports, LGBT History Month and Diversity Role Models.”
As one of the largest houses in London next summer, Pride House is expecting more than 250,000 visitors over seventeen days. A diverse program is being developed with a number of partners to be announced in the New Year. Some highlights visitors can expect to find include live music and entertainment, an art exhibition featuring LGBT artists, sports tournaments and demonstrations with special appearances by professional athletes and big screens stationed around the venue showing televised broadcasts of Olympic events and highlights of Pride House.
Key figures participating in the launch announcement as Pride House Ambassadors are psychologist, author and former NBA basketball player John Amaechi, member of the Great Britain women’s sitting volleyball training squad Claire Harvey, author, journalist, broadcaster and campaigner Peter Tatchell, and founder and Chief Executive of Diversity Role Models Suran Dickson. The ambassador program engages with active spokespeople who share the vision and mission of Pride House and promote the
project through various speaking arrangements, workshops and educational seminars. Additional ambassadors include actor, director and comedian Stephen Fry, director and producer David Furnish, author, journalist and newspaper editor Dan Savage and Olympic short-track speed skater Blake Skjellerup.
More specifics are to be announced Friday night in London at a major press event. The presence of actor Stephen Fry and David Furnish (aka Sir Elton John’s husband) in this project is encouraging…and maybe Elton will be hanging around Pride House, too? And, if Mr. Savage is to be in London for two weeks this summer, we can imagine they’ll be constantly having to track him down in the West End…you know he’ll be sneaking off constantly to see musicals…
AND, I’ll bet a farthing or two that Ben Cohen’s “Stand Up Foundation” will be involved at some point. The rugby star and advocate is a natural to participate both for his anti-bullying campaign and for discussions about homophobia in sports. Also, he could lounge around the pavilion dressed like THIS, and draw huge awareness for Pride House.