The Football v Homophobia Month of Action celebrates diversity in football, uniting supporters, players, clubs and others across the game to take a stand against discrimination.
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List of activities 2016
Fußballfans gegen Homophobie Österreich
Fußballfans gegen Homophobie Österreich is organising a campaign involving the creation of stickers and a folder containing information about LGBT organisations in Austria, and advice on how to deal with homophobia in football.
Development of a Forum Theatre play with the central theme “Homosexuality in Football”.
The play will be shown in close callobartion with “Football fans against Homophobia”. Addressing interested football fans, young football players as well as coaches the play is designed to be staged at football club-facilities and in schools.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
The Sarajevo based organisation is planning two sporting events to take place in February, with football as a priority, for LGBTQ youth, promote equality, acceptance and support.
Reprezentacija.ba is running an inclusion campaign named “Football for everybody, everybody for Footbal”, which will donate t-shirts to young players in football schools in the main Bosnia and Herzegovina cities.
Photos and HD videos of youngest football players in these shirts and message banners will promote a message of inclusion, which will be pushed out through popular Bosnian media.
Youth Group of the Youth Resource Centre, Tuzla
Youth Group of the Youth Resource Centre is running a futsal tournament at which members of the youth group will deliver a campaign against homophobia. The initiative will be accompanied by an invitational video for the event with an anti-homophobia message.
On the day of the tournament, the youth group will also hold a street action. During this flyers will be distributed about the initiative and the problem of homophobia.
20 February, Birmingham
Day of practical, strategic and inspiring sessions to share and support LGBT participation in sport.
Read more here.
Alfreton Town Football Club
Designated Football v Homophobia match on 20 February v Corby Town FC .
Aston Villa FC
Designated Football v Homophobia match on 14th February v Liverpool FC.
Bexley Invicta FC
Supporting the Football v Homophobia campaign with their annual birthday tournament in February 2016.
Birmingham Blaze FC
Designated FvH match v Castlecroft Rangers in February.
Birmingham City FC
Designated FvH match v Bolton on 23 February.
Blackburn Rovers FC
Designated FvH match v Milton Keynes Dons in the Sky Bet Championship fixture on Saturday, 27 February 2016.
Bolton Wanderers FC
Hosted a Football v Homophobia key stage 2 football tournament & workshop as part of Bolton Pride & the Fare Action Weeks.
Brighton BLAGSS take on Sussex FA on Monday 1 February 8:00pm at the County Ground in Lancing, to promote FvH.
Brighton and Hove Albion FC
Designated Football v Homophobia match on 13 February v Bolton Wanderers & FvH scholars workshop.
Castlecroft Rangers FC
Designated FvH match v Birmingham Blaze in February 2016.
Supporting FvH as part of their Game for Equality v Stoke on 5 March.
13 February, London
At Clapton FC home match against Hullbridge FC Clapton Ultras will display a flag and unfurl an anti-homophobia banner. The teams will warm up in club coloured anti-homophobia t-shirts and a special fanzine will be dedicated to LGBT topics in football.
Colchester United FC
Supporting FvH with a designated match on 27 February v Shrewsbury.
February is LGBT History Month
1 February, London
The Football Association is organising a networking event in Wembley for groups who work towards tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the game.
A particular focus of the event will be to raise awareness of gender identities and how groups and individuals work collectively and collaboratively to ensure football is open to everyone.
Derbyshire County FA
A campaign supported in partnership with Chesterfield College, University of Derby and grassroots clubs to raise awareness of the FvH campaign.
Dorset County FA
Joint FvH campaign with Bournemouth University, working with Dorset FA Youth Council to support FvH and awareness raising with grassroots clubs.
Dulwich Hamlet FC
Supporting the campaign with a series of articles throughout February and displaying banners/flags at games.
Exeter City FC
Designated FvH match v Newport on 20 February.
Fans for Diversity
On Sunday 28 February, Fans for Diversity are hosting a tournament in celebration of Football v Homophobia’s month of action at the Arsenal Hub.
Promoting FvH at all home matches throughout February.
Designated FvH match on 6 February v Swindon.
Designated FvH first team match v Lincoln United on 20 February.
Hafod Ladies FC
Designated FvH match on Sunday 14th February vs Pontypridd Town Ladies FC in the South Wales Women’s & Girls’ League Division 1.
Campaign with Hertfordshire Constabulary to encourage reporting of homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia in football. Working with clubs in the area to this end with poster campaign and photoshoots with t-shirts.
Huddersfield Town AFC
Holding a ‘Town for All’ game v Ipswich on 27 February.
Hullbridge Sports FC
Supporting the FvH campaign on 13 February at Clapton FC’s home match in the Essex Senior League.
London Titans FC
Partnering with QPRs Community Trust to promote equality and help eradicate homophobia and transphobia from the game.
Manchester City FC
Designated FvH match on Sunday 14 February v Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Manchester United FC
Designated FvH match v Arsenal on 28 February.
Newcastle Town FC
Displaying FvH posters and fliers at the club.
Newcastle United FC
Designated FvH match v West Bromwich Albion FC on Saturday 6 February.
Newport County AFC
Designated FvH match v Carlisle United on 13 February.
Nottingham Lions FC
Designated FvH match v Team Derby (University of Derby Sports Department).
28 February, Drayton Park, London
Tottenham Hotspur LGBT fan group Proud Lilywhites is organising a 5-a-side tournament under the motto Fans and Diversity with other LGBT fan groups and football teams.
To get involved send them an email.
Queens Park Rangers FC
Designated Football v Homophobia match on 13 February v Fulham FC & hosting the London Titans FC.
Sheffield United FC
FvH advert in match day programme v Wigan.
Designated FvH match v Manchester United on Saturday 13 February.
Surrey County FA
Promoting the FvH campaign to Clubs throughout Surrey and encouraging support.
Sussex County FA
Brighton BLAGSS take on Sussex FA on Monday 1 February 8:00pm at the County Ground in Lancing, to promote FvH.
Designated FvH match v Nottingham Lions.
Tottenham Hotspur match against Manchester City on Saturday 6 February was dedicated to #FvH2016.
FvH advert in matchday programme v Millwall on 6 February.
Waltham Forest FC
Wore FvH t-shirts and handed out leaflets before their match in the Essex Senior League.
Displaying FvH flyers/literature in the public areas. Their supporter group, the Hawks Ultras, are flying rainbow and trans pride flags and banners at every home game.
Wigan Athletic FC
At the home game vs Bury on February 27, the players will be showing their support for the campaign by warming up in Football v Homophobia t-shirts, while the match day programme and website will highlight the activities the club are doing during February including: Football v Homophobia workshops for the club’s scholars and a special tournament for young people from across Wigan.
Dedicating a Vanarama National League game on Saturday 13 February vs Bromley FC.
York City FC
Designated FvH match v Notts County FC on 13 February, plus donation of tickets to York Pride.
FC Paris Arc En Ciel
A mixed 5-a-side football tournament will be run by FC Paris Arc En Ciel to raise awareness of homophobia in the sport. The matches will be accompanied by screening of awareness videos and an opportunity for teams to socialise at the end of the day.
The French Fare member is organising a social media campaign about homophobia in football, especially in female football, combined with the production and display of a banner against LGBT-phobia at a match in February.
Panamboyz United is joining forces with football authorities in France, including the Professional League, Foundation du Football and Professional Clubs Union, for a series of awareness raising activities at Ligue 1 and 2 matches between 29-30 January.
The second edition of the campaign, which started in 2014 during the Fare Football People weeks, will see players wear rainbow laces to promote diversity in the game among other initiatives at match days.
BiBeriS – Bildung & Beratung im Sport, Cologne
BiBeriS is organising five events in Cologne, including:
- A lecture about football and homosexuality (Jan Toelva/Berlin)
- A discussion with the initiative “footballfans against homophobia”
- Screening of the movie “Zwei Gesichter” (Two faces) followed by a small education initiative
- “Seitenwechsel”, a play about an English football coach and the topic homophobia
- Workshop for football fans to paint block banners against homophobic claims
LGBT United Tetovo
The group is running a community festival to raise awareness of LGBT inclusion in sport, which will include a host of activities, such as a presentation on Justin Fashanu, entertainment from DJs and an exhibition football match between members of local community groups.
Women’s Alliance is kicking-off a social media campaign under the name “Football v Homophobia” dedicated to combat homophobia in football.
Online articles will be published on a daily basis on the group’s online magazine about the best practices of tackling homophobia in football from around the world and the personal stories and experiences of famous athletes who made their coming out in the past years.
The campaign will also be promoted with web banners within the queer magazine.
Didesex is organising their first anti-homophobia tournament dedicated to FvH.
Kulsport is preparing two education events in Ulcinj and at FC Otrant-Olympic addressing issues of homophobia with young players.
ASPN VIKING Aleksandrow Kujawski
The Polish group will promote an anti-homophobia messaging at the U18 International Futsal Women’s match, handing out informative leaflets, displaying anti-homophobia banners and t-shirts.
Rede Ex Aequo
“Desporto para tod@s” is an education project which will use an informal education methodology to explore topics such as gender identity of players on male and female teams, the discrimination of LGBTI people in football, the visibility of female teams in the national football panorama, among others. It will specifically target sports clubs administrations, coaches and support teams.
A month long campaign of anti-discrimination activity will be organised by the Romanian association, including football competitions against Homophobia/Transphobia; round table debates; production of a range of resources including advertisements, posters, flyers, and brochures with messages against discrimination, homophobia and promotion of diversity and equal in sport, ensuring it is welcoming and inclusive for LGBT.
Russian LGBT Sport Federation, Tomsk
The Russian LGBT Sport Federation will organise the first Tomsk tournament for equality and a women’s small-sided football tournament on 6 & 7 February 2016.
On the first day, a round table on the theme “The problem of LGBT equality in sport” will also be held.
A weekend of action including a recreational women’s football tournament with a short informal gathering after games will help raise awareness about LGBTIQ+ issues related to the football pitch.
The tournament will be followed by an experience-based workshop on overcoming obstacles in football and coming out experiences and a public panel discussion involving activists who are dealing with homo/trans-phobia on the football pitch will follow.
Tanka is organising a radio campaign that will challenge the stigmas around women in football and the issue of cheering hate speech at football matches.
Both campaigns will be aired on radio stations in Tuzla and in Sarajevo and will be combined with illustrative posters dealing with the two issues.
Journalists for Social Change
The journalists association is preparing research on the field of homophobia in football which will result in an audio-documentary aimed by raising awareness on the potential of football as tool of inclusion and on the relations between homosexuality and football.
Out In Slovenia
“AGAINST ALL THE ODDS 2016” is a project based in Ljubljana aimed at raising awareness and educate different stakeholders.
It raises awareness through public exposure of the exhibition “Against all the odds”, addressing the participation of LGBT people in sport and combines this with a high-level seminar at the opening day, in which the participation of LGBT community in football will be addressed.
For the second consecutive year the Spanish LGBT network FELGBT is running the football anti-homophobia campaign #LaLigaArcoIris, which aims to raise awareness of and tackle LGBT discrimination in football.
Fare longstanding supporter KAOS GL is organising two solidarity football matches between local LGBTI people and LGBTI refugees will be hosted İzmir and Denizli during February.
Airbus UK Broughton
Designated FvH match vs The New Saints in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.
Barry Town United AFC
Supporting FvH with a designated JD Welsh Cup game on 6 February v The New Saints FC.
Cardiff Dragons FC
Supporting FvH with a designated Women’s match on 6 February, a GFSN match on 28th February 2016 v Wolverhampton Warriors and a Men’s Lazarou League match in February 2016.
Cardiff City FC
Designated Football v Homophobia match v MK Dons on Saturday 6 February.
Merthyr Town FC
Designated FvH match on Saturday 20 February vs Dorchester Town FC in the Evo Stick Southern Premier Division.
The Welsh FA have announced their support to the FvH campaign.