LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer 098 Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders carry the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Lambeth (London Borough) and Kensington and Chelsea (Royal London Borough), during Day 69 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 26, 2012 in London, England. The Olympic Flame is now on Day 69 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Photo by LOCOG via Getty Images)
John Amaechi, the AbFab ladies, and a gay soccer advocate all had their time with the torch
On its trek through England, the Olympic torch has passed through the hands of thousands of people, many of them near and dear to the LGBT community.
Former NBA player John Amaechi joined gymnast Nadia Comanici in carrying the torch to the rooftop of the North Greenwich Arena, where the gymnastics events and basketball finals will be held. Amaechi-Comenici...somebody has a sense of rhyming.
For the last couple of weeks, we'd seen video of the Absolutely Fabulous ladies, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, carrying a mock torch in their Olympic special. They got their mitts on the real thing yesterday. No word if Patsy lit her cigarette with the torch.
It was also cool to see Chris Basiurski, chair of the Gay Football Supporters' Network, carry the torch the day before the Opening Ceremony as well. Reports say the crowd cheered him loudly, culminating in a kiss for his boyfriend. Awww.