Bradford City sign up to charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport11 December 2011

Bradford City became the third professional club in England to sign up to the Government’s charter which seeks to take action against homophobia and transphobia in sport.

The Bantams signed up to the charter prior to their 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday (10) and join Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, who have also added their name to the charter.

The charter was signed on a dedicated day of action addressing homophobia and transphobia in football by the Communications Workers Union (CWU). Bradford City also become the first professional team in the UK to allow literature addressing anti-gay issues and LGBT issues to be distributed at a game.

Linda Roy, National Equality Officer at the CWU said: “The CWU have been campaigning for a long time on raising awareness of homophobia in sport and we are very pleased that Bradford City FC agreed to host our Day of Action.”

So far, over 2,000 professional sports teams, groups, individuals and grassroots organisations have signed the government charter for action against homophobia in sport.
Last week, Hyde FC became the first team from the Blue Square Bet North division to sign the charter. Hyde, who play in the sixth tier of the UK football pyramid, made the announcement following their 4-1 home win over Eastwood.

The Tigers welcomed Lindsay England from football's LGBT campaigning organisation JUST A BALL GAME? who attended the game. Hyde manager Gary Lowe and player Gianluca Haveren added their names to the charter committing the club to challenging homophobia and taking a zero-tolerance stance to any anti-gay abuse or chanting at a game.

The club also hope to host a celebrity match or training session inviting LGBT players to attend to help celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2012. Hyde are already seen an inclusive club, with former director of the club Julie Whitehead being the only 'out' lesbian involved in semi-pro football in a senior managerial role.