U.K. prime minister David Cameron will host a reception for LGBT activists and allies in London Wednesday night, with a focus on fighting homophobia in sports.
Invitees reportedly include gay rugby star Gareth Thomas, gay cricketer Steven Davies, and straight ally and retired rugby player Ben Cohen, “along with community leaders and volunteers from across the country,” Pink News reports. The event will be held at the prime minister’s official residence, 10 Downing St.
Pink News notes that several executives of sports teams are also expected to attend the reception, but some athletes may be out of the country. This time of year is vacation season for footballers — participants in the sport known to Americans as soccer.
Outspoken gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell reports that he did not receive an invitation to this or any previous prime minister’s reception. He tells Pink News, “Maybe I’m too much of a troublemaker. I’m sure I would turn up and be on my best behaviour.” A “Downing Street source” responds, “There are lots of people who haven’t been invited.”
Former prime minister Gordon Brown hosted the first Downing Street LGBT reception in 2009, and Cameron, who took office last year, has made it an annual event.