Condom Olympics held at military school

A military academy's first-ever gay pride event saw participants competing in a Condom Olympics.

Prophylactics were handed out for prizes as part of the celebration at Norwich University in the US, which was permitted following the lifting of the 'don't ask, don't tell' rule that prevented gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces from revealing their sexual orientation, the Associated Press reports.

Included in the week were classes that saw cadets in uniform given advice on how to handle any bullying or harassment they may encounter.

Michael Kelley, vice-president at the learning institute - which was founded in 1819 as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy - noted the institute was one of the first of its kind to accept female cadets, adding: "It's saying that we as a military community are looking to more to the future, that we're not quibbling about the past, what was or what wasn't."

He explained moves like this show the academy is taking a leadership role and helping its students become more enlightened.