The president of the English Chess Federation says he was barred from presenting prizes at the British chess championships in Sheffield because he was wearing a gay rights T-shirt.
CJ de Mooi, an actor and a regular on the BBC quiz show Eggheads, said he was left "shaking with fury" over objections to the shirt, which bore the slogan "Some people are gay, get over it", used by gay rights group Stonewall.
Monday, 8 August 2011
There's a tactic in football whereby the player with the ball invites the foul to win the free kick or penalty. However, it seems this is not unique to the beautiful game. Such is my interpretation at least of this story.
The championship arbiter, Lara Barnes, has denied demanding that he changed the shirt, and says she only asked him to reconsider: "Usually prize-givers for a national event would wear a suit and tie." Still, I don't suppose that will be enough to stop the inevitable 'kiss-in' next time the chess championships roll into town.