GLBT activists will protest outside an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting at the Hilton Hotel in London tomorrow.
The move is the latest in a bid to disqualify anti-gay countries from the sporting tournament.
The activists, headed by legendary human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell (pictured), have slammed the IOC for what they see as a failure to uphold the Olympic Charter, which reads in part: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”
The IOC has fallen short of its duty to “uphold the Charter’s commitment to equality for all in sport”, Tatchell says.
The campaigner has previously called on participating countries with anti-gay laws on their books to sign a pledge to support equal rights.
Those that refuse to do so should face disqualification from the event, he says.
He has also called for a statement from Olympic officials that GLBT athletes are welcome at London 2012.
Details of how many are expected to attend the protest are not currently available.