Today marks the start of ‘Football v Homophobia’ which will run from 18th February until 26th February.
FvH is the FA’s endorsed campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in grassroots football. Across football it is the only specifically designed campaign to tackle issues around homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The Justin Campaign uses FvH to work around the year to enable people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identify in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity. Through the message of FvH, the Justin Campaign provides support, communication materials, education and training to enable anyone – including fans, LGBT communities, grassroots teams, professional football clubs and football authorities – to communicate and promote inclusivity and unity. FvH culminates with a week of action around the 19th February where there is an international show of unity to stand up against homophobia and prejudice against LGBT people in football.
Aims and objectives
- Make existing football structures safe, welcoming and inclusive for LGBT people
- Create opportunities for LGBT people to engage with football
- Rid football of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
- Improve representation of LGBT people throughout football
I’ll be publishing more on this throughout the week, but in the meantime, please take the time to visit the website and if you are in a position to do so, give a donation.