nickcleggUK deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has thrown his weight behind Britain’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games.

Delegates from the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) have narrowed the field of contenders down to London, Paris and the Irish city of Limerick. Clegg met with FGG delegates by the River Thames on Monday morning to showcase the Soho Rowing Club and state his case.

Clegg said that Britain had “shown what we can do” after hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics.

“It’s through events such as the Gay Games that the legacy of the Olympics will live on for London. It is unacceptable for any athlete to be intimidated or discriminated because of their sexuality. If you’re an athlete you are an athlete, regardless of your sexuality,” Clegg said.

Clegg’s bid comes as a same-sex marriage bill passed the House of Lords for the final time, making England and Wales the latest nations to legalise marriage equality.

The 2014 Gay Games will be held in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron, with the winning host of the 2018 Games to be announced on October 7.

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