Commonwealth Games kick off with gay kiss
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Commonwealth Games kick off with gay kiss

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:50 Written by // Ron Hughes

The call for LGBTI rights has made an impression at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow overnight.

Actor John Barrowman caused a stir by planting a kiss on a male dancer at one point in the proceedings, as backing dancers pulled party poppers to shouts of "here's to equality in Scotland."

Some volunteers wore rainbow colours including rainbow tartan.

Human rights campaigners have been calling on organisers and politicians to use the Games to highlight the need for LGBTI reforms across the Commonwealth. Homosexual acts are currently criminalised in 42 out of 54 Commonwealth countries.

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added his voice yesterday, saying the Commonwealth's core values included "equality and respect for the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights."

"We can’t dictate how other nations behave but we can promote the principles we believe in – of a fair and open society both in the UK and abroad," Clegg said.

In other news, newly-out gay Olympian Ian Thorpe was honoured as one of six global representatives carrying the ceremonial banner for the opening ceremony.

WATCH: John Barrowman's Commonwealth Games gay kiss

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Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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