Tackling homophobia in Latin American football at World OutGames23 May 2017

AninternationalworkshopattheWorldOutGamesinMiamiorganisedbytheFarenetworkwillfocus onhomophobiainLatinAmericanfootballthisweekendwiththeaimofpromotinginternationalcooperationtotackletheissue.

Despite recent advances in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights across the region, homophobia is a feature of many sports events in Latin America, especially football.

The workshop will feature a range of international speakers documenting homophobic practices in Latin American football supported by findings of a monitoring system implemented by Fare in the region and consider specific solutions.

Speakers will include Rafael Villanueva, President of the Mexican LGBT sports organisation DIDESEX; Andrea Ayala, Director of the Salvadorian lesbian rights group ESMULES; Tom Conquergood, Director of the Seatle Sounders fan group Gorilla FC; and Fare Executive Director Piara Powar. The session will be moderated by Football vs. Homophobia founder Lou Englefield.

The workshop will be organised as part of the World OutGames fourth global LGBTQI Human Rights conference and will take place on Saturday 27 May at 5.30pm.

The World OutGames has become one of the world’s largest LGBT focused sports, cultural and Human Rights events.

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