Volunteers looking after crowds at the 2012 London Olympics are completing a questionnaire which tells them in no uncertain terms how to deal with homophobia.
As part of training for the games, 70,000 people have taken a test which includes this question…
A spectator complains to you that there are two men holding hands sitting next to them – they feel very uncomfortable and would like you to tell the couple to stop. What do you do?
a) You tell the person to stop being a homophobic idiot and walk away.
b) You want everybody to feel comfortable and welcome at the Games, so you politely ask the couple to stop holding hands.
c) You explain that there is a huge diversity of people at the London 2012 Games, which includes gay, lesbian and bisexual couples.
The correct answer is given as ‘c’.
Another question deals with sensitivity around gender.
A spectator approaches you asking politely where the nearest toilets are. You are not sure if the spectator is male or female. What do you do?
a) Panic – you are not qualified to make this decision. Explain politely that you do not know, and sadly cannot be of assistance.
b) Just in case, tell them where the male, female and accessible toilets are.
c) Ask the spectator politely if they are male or female, so that you can direct them appropriately.
And the correct answer to this one is given as ‘b’.
The organisers of the London Olympics are making an effort to include LGBTI diversity in their activities. Stats from the last Olympics – held in Beijing in 2008 – suggested only 0.1% of the competing athletes were openly lesbian or gay. Londoners know the actual number of LGBTI competitors is likely to be much higher.
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