The Paralympics opening ceremony seemed to re-enforce the message of inclusiveness, ending with a rip-roaring rendition of that very gay anthem 'I am what I am' by Beverley Knight. But let's not get over excited. Those 25 out gay Olympians and Paralympians begin to look less than included when you consider the thousands who have taken part so far. What is it about modern sport that closes the door on sexual identity?
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, and in many more cities than just two. First the Olympics, now the Paralympics; riots in Belfast, ...
Opening our stage for the day was the stunning presence of Jazz Morley and her piano.
In the wake of London's Olympic Games, debate was raging in the media and through online social network channels about figures published by the Sutton Trust, which revealed that over half of Team GB's winning rowers went to fee-paying schools and our athletes were five times more likely to win medals if they were educated in an independent school.
Raphaella made a welcome return to the Olympic Park for the Paralympics today- in between her busy schedule of writing, recording and charity work. Yes, this lady really is something else.
I'm intrigued by the athletes we so quickly forget. The ones who spent the last four years sacrificing with one goal in mind... and missed.
I've certainly been inspired by the Olympic games to improve my own fitness and to get more involved in sport again. I hope that millions across the world feel the same way and get the chance to enjoy sport - even if it just means taking a run around the block more often.
It's already proving to be a hugely enjoyable event. But it's an important one too. Because these Paralympics - more than any before them - have a real chance of weaving disabled life more closely into the fabric of our nation.
So, how did Team GB begin their big digital campaign? It started on 27 February 2012 by launching their brand new website and with it the real identity behind 'Our Greatest Team'.
As with so many of our daily line-ups, this one made us swoon just a little bit when it came together.
Day three at the Paralympics and our line-up had it all. From folky loveliness to balls-out grooves the crowds at the Emerging Icons stage were sure to be entertained.
At the Paralympics dreams will be made, feats of extraordinary athletes will amaze and records will be broken. Whilst these Games shape up to be the biggest and most impressive of it's kind the world has ever seen, we can't help but feel chuffed to bits to be part of it. The artists we brought down today all boast so much talent we were proud to showcase them to the world.
And while we are more open to purchasing electronic products that are China- made, many of us are still resistant to paying top dollars for a designer bag or a dress that's manufactured there (as opposed to home countries of these fashion houses). Admit it, there is hesitation. So, why the prejudice?
Earlier this year, amid warnings of travel chaos during the London 2012 Olympics from Transport for London, we made the decision to shut down the office for the Olympic fortnight and to set up the organisation so everyone could easily work from home.
The temperature may have dropped for the Paralympics, but the mood certainly hasn't. The whole Emerging Icons team are absolutely delighted to be back amid the buzz of London 2012, with a whole new audience set to experience some fantastic music courtesy of our incredible artists.
To those who rightly identify Mathematics as a critically important focal point for schools' improvement, I urge you to consider not just how we broaden the level of understanding in our schools, but how we stretch and challenge the very best, by doing so in an environment where excellence seeps through every pore of expectation.