In 2021, the partnership between Fare and the international Football v Homophobia is funding 14 projects in 13 countries, , from Brazil to the Ukraine, during the period.
See what activities are taking place below.
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Ludopedio and Revista Gambiarra
1 – 28 February
In Brazil, research group Ludopedio and Bahia-based online magazine Revista Gambiarra are working together to create a series of podcasts to elevate the voices of LGBTIQ+ athletes and demonstrate the role of sport in promoting inclusion. Areas to be addressed in the podcasts include transphobia in Brazil and the culture of LGBTQIA+ fans in Brazilian football.
The groups say, ‘The aim is to create dialogue between the opinions of athletes, fans, and representatives of football teams (professional and amateur) who tackle homo/ bi/ lesbo/ transphobias in different sports contexts.’
Goal Diggers Football Club
1 – 28 February
Goal Diggers FC (GDFC) describe themselves as a ‘non-ability womxn and non-binary football club in London. We aim to make football more accessible to all people’.
‘In 1921 the English FA banned womxn from football for 50 years, effectively erasing the history of the womxn’s game. We are developing a ‘protest kit’ marking 100 years on from the FA’s infamous ban. This kit shines a light on the history of the womxn’s game & celebrates the forgotten footballers who fought to play the sport they loved and the strength of those still fighting against the setback the ban caused today.
‘We will celebrate the intersectional stories of some of the most pioneering womxn to stand up to the ban, such as: Helen Matthews, the founder of the UK’s First Womxn’s Football Team (1881); Alice Kell, the first captain of the infamous Preston based Dick, Kerr Ladies (1921) whom is featured on the front of the kit shirt sharing a kiss with the French captain Madeline Bracquemond during a match in 1921; Sue Lopez, the first English woman to play full-time (1971); Hope Powell, the first full-time coach for the womxn’s international team (1998); and Chloe Morgan, goalkeeper previously for Arsenal, Tottenham and now Crystal Palace.’
1 February – 26 March
Activ’Elles04 in France will form an alliance with youth work partner SEGPA, who work with disadvantaged kids at local schools and organise lessons/ discussions around discrimination (sexism, homophobia, racism and disability). As a result of the lessons the students will assist in the creation of a board game that tackles discrimination and challenges stereotypes. The board game will be reproduced and placed in community centres so the entire city can learn and enjoy.
Agency of Youth Promotion and Development “COMPASS’’
5 – 27 February
The Georgian NGO COMPASS are taking steps to engage their entire community with LGBTIQ+ inclusion. ‘We would like to start breaking stereotypes and spread correct information about LGBTIQ+ and human right across Georgia. We decided to run a massive campaign through street art and movie screenings. We will invite artists and graffiti activists to say loudly that we all are different and equal. As a second part of our project we are going to have a movie evening through which we offer Human rights education.’
Lupi Roma Outsport
13 – 28 February
Building on a brilliant event for FvH 2020, Lupi Roma Outsport are overcoming the challenges of Covid restrictions by creating a powerful video in Italian, English and Arabic promoting LGBTIQ+ and refugee inclusion. Lupi Roma Outsport will involve in the video their own athletes alongside the athletes of Atletico San Lorenzo, the refugees’ team of Liberi Nantes and testimonials from a professional football team. The aim is to collect 150 testimonials to be added to the video. The video will be accompanied by a social media campaign.
Versus Periodismo Deportivo A.C.
22 – 28 February
NGO Versus from Mexico understands better than most the power of the media to promote inclusion. As part of their work Versus is analysing sports media publications, they noticed that there is a general lack of representation of the LGBTQ community, and that some of the representation that exists does not always counter homophobic ideas. During the Football v Homophobia month of action Versus are creating resources to advise journalists across Latin America on how to report on LGBTIQ+ issues.
The group explain how they will ensure their work has appeal and how they will expand to other countries ‘To make sure that our materials fulfil their purpose, we will consult with LGBTQ activists in Mexico, such as Enrique Torre Molina, Milena Pafundi and Siobhan Guerrero. To send a message about the importance of the guide and to ensure that it reaches as many journalists as possible, we plan to team up with vocal and visible LGBTQ football players, like Bianca Sierra and Stephany Mayor, to create a digital communication campaign. We will expand our material to other Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, we will team up with groups in different countries, such as Ligas Femeninas in Perú and LatFem in Argentina.’
DIDESEX are one of the most visible gay mens sports clubs in Latin America, they aim to contribute to tackling discrimination in futbol by creating the very first citizen’s observatory on discrimination in Mexican football. Their project will comprise of three stages, online training of people to become anti-discrimination observers, they will follow up on reports and complaints of a discriminatory nature with the respective authorities and finally to complete the picture by carrying out policy advocacy. Their plans will help raise awareness of homophobia and encourage greater accountability for all people that have been discriminated against on the basis of homophobia, racism, disability issues, gender equality.
3 – 28 February
Stars Łódź are a brand new Polish LGBTIQ+ walking football club. During the Football v Homophobia month of Action they will launch their club and promote a series of activities such as open training sessions to engage with the LGBTIQ+ community and show that football is a sport for all. Their focus will be on excluded people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and age
Associação para o Planeamento da Família (APF)
25 – 27 February
In Portugal the Association for Family Planning (APF) is planning a three hour workshop in schools to educate young people on sexual orientation and gender identity. The children will then create a long-term graffiti installation celebrating diversity. The workshops will focus on discrimination and sexual Orientation, with the main goal of clarifying and deconstructing myths associated with homophobia with the aim of fighting against the use of derogatory terms in the world of football and homophobic chants in stadiums. They will be working with the Portuguese Football Federation, schools and football club S.C. Leixões, the largest club in the city of Matosinhos.
Športno društvo Out in Slovenija
22 – 25 February
The long standing and pioneering Out in Slovenija are tackling the situation facing LGBTIQ+ people throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and sport’s role in promoting greater inclusion through an online workshop. The event will consist of two parts: a plenary format in the form of a webinar with key speakers followed by a session with interactive workshops in smaller groups. Their aim is to find ‘solutions for change involving sport and possible transnational collaboration would be identified.’
Sicilya Demir Spor
‘In Turkey, like in many parts of the world, sexism and homophobia in sport in general and in football in particular are the norm. At every level, in amateur and professional sports and also in the media. As Sicilya Demir Spor we try to promote dialogue and acceptance among different segments of society that often don’t communicate with one another. During the Football w Homophobia month of action, we plan to have a virtual event: “Building Bridges: An Inclusive Gathering” in three sections:
1) A conference, where academicians from Istanbul Bilgi University Sports Management Department will talk about their research studies on sexism and homophobia in Turkish football;
2) A participatory part where participants will share their personal experience of discrimination and/or fight against discrimination;
3) A “take action” section where we will try to reflect on what can be done to counter discrimination and to promote understanding starting from our own environment and circle of friends.
‘In the belief that standing up for the rights of a specific group means also standing up for the rights of other groups that are discriminated against, and in the belief that only open dialogue can defeat hatred and hate speech, we will have participants from different walks of life and belonging to different areas of civil society.
‘Sicilya Demir Spor team members have had players over the past 5 years from many different backgrounds. We have LGBTIQ players and we have a team member who has transitioned from female to male during the time we have been playing together. Some team members come from more conservative backgrounds and the journey of our transgender friend Demir has in many ways also been their journey of learning, understanding and embracing him. The team has been a support network for Demir, who has played with us also during the transition process.’
Tomorrow Women in Sports Foundation
21 and 28 February
Tomorrow Women in Sports Foundation have a much-needed campaign, off-line and on-line, planned to fight against homophobic chanting among fans and to educate LGBTIQ+ footballers throughout Uganda on their rights as players.
‘The activity will take place in Uganda, Mukono district on 21st and 28th February 2021 with the aim of bringing together LGBTQI footballers, leaders and fans to play together and stand against the use of homophobic language which stigmatizes players. The activity shall involve organizing a dialogue that will aim to address the effects of homophobic language used on and off the fields of play that results into stigmatization, suicide, poor performance on the field of play hindering LGBTQI participation and the growth of the game of football.
‘There shall also be an online campaign that will run on our different social media platforms and an LGBTQI media platform called kuchu times and media interviews on sports shows. We shall work in partnership with Tranz network Uganda ,Rella women’s organisation and kuchu Times.’
8 – 15 February
The Klitschko Foundation are planning workshops on tackling homophobia and creating an inclusive club environment for coaches throughout Ukraine.
‘The partners such as Shakhtar and Dynamo Kyiv football clubs will help us shape the agenda of the activities that will be implemented in February. The coaches will be selected from an open call. The educational sessions will focus on educating trainers how to work with homophobia in their learning process and how to prevent it among children. The methodologies will be developed on the basis of the educational sessions, but will also be translated into Ukrainian from additional materials.’