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LGBT watch at the Olympics: Torch bearer kisses his boyfriend as spectators cheer

Friday, July 27, 2012

LONDON – A gay man carrying the Olympic torch today on the streets of London was cheered by spectators when he kissed his boyfriend during his stretch of carrying the device that will light the giant Olympic Flame tonight during the opening ceremony that will be telecast by NBC in the U.S. on a tape-delay basis.

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Olympic torch bearer Chris Basiurski chairs Gay Football Supporters Network in Great Britain.

Chris Basiurski, who chairs Gay Football Supporters Network in Great Britain, was one of thousands of Britons who were chosen to carry the Olympic torch over the past 70 days as part of the Olympic Torch relay that leads up to the lighting ceremony.

Basiurski told the spectators that he and his partner, James, would be getting married next year.

Gay Star News also reported that comedy gay icons Eddie and Patsy of the hit TV show “Absolutely Fabulous” and other LGBT figures also were torch bearers.

Basiurski’s network focuses on the LGBT soccer community in Britain, and many of its members will be attending Olympic events such as the soccer tournament.

He told Gay Star News: “I’m honored to have carried the torch through London and it was amazing to see and hear all the support from both my family and GFSN members along the route.”

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Love it…..

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:03am
  2. Ah, life! :)

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:03am
  3. Arab countries drop out as protest.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:07am
  4. This is awesome GO BRITS!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:12am
  5. Erik: if that were true, so would the U.S.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:13am
  6. Awesome news!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:57am
  7. A reason to be hopeful

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:24am
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    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:25am
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    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:34am
  10. Two thumbs up!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:45am
  11. So wonderful!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:01pm
  12. <3

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:57pm
  13. Fan-F’n-tastic!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 1:01pm
  14. Hopefully there’ll be a lot more of this this year!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 4:52pm