Football Anti-Homophobia Campaign Hits a Snag

A campaign to show solidarity with gay footballers has caused controversy because of its slogan. The plan is to have footballers in all the 134 professional clubs wearing rainbow laces to show their support for gay footballers. The laces have been made and distributed by the betting agency Paddy Power and Stonewall. So far so […]

Professional Footballers to Receive Equalities Guidance as New Season Starts

Every senior player in the English football leagues will receive guidance on racist and homophobic language. The Professional Footballers’ Association is organising the sessions and the union has written to the managers of all 92 clubs asking them to make sure the players attend. It comes after two high-profile cases during the last two seasons, […]

Liverpool Includes Gender and Sexual Orientation in Its List of Banned Sledging Terms

By Phil Thornton in The Independent. There has been much media amusement at Liverpool FC’s directive for fans to cease shouting expressions such as ‘Man Up!’ ‘Don’t play like a girl’ and ‘That’s gay.’ The ‘Political-Correctness-Gone Mad’ brigade have predictably gone er, ‘mad’ (itself an offensive word), yet such expressions are surely out of kilter with […]

New Play Examines Homosexuality in Men's Football

A play exploring the love affair between a male escort and a Premier League footballer opens in Manchester next week. ‘Away From Home’ will premiere at the 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester’s annual new writing extravaganza. It is co-written Martin Jameson, who, with three decades experience in theatre, TV and radio (Casualty, Emmerdale, Holby City and […]

York City FC to Lead pride Parade

York City Football Club has join forces with York Pride in a hope to kick homophobia out of sport in the city’s second pride parade. The parade is set to take place on 1 June with a march through the city center. Accompanying the march will be a 100m long rainbow flag. Players from the […]

Brighton Supporters' Homophobically Abused in Most Games

A survey into homophobic abuse aimed at Brighton and Hove Albion fans reveals that they are abused at most of their matches. During the 2012-2013 season, homophobic incidents were recorded in over 70% of Brighton’s away matches and nearly 60% of the side’s games. Examples ranged from mild abuse e.g. “We can see you holding […]

Arsenal to Host Anti-Homophobia/Transphobia Event

Arsenal FC is to show homophobia/transphobia is not welcome by hosting the London schools’ LGBT sports tournament and showcase. The club have pledged their support for LGBT History month by putting rainbow lights around the pitch with a statement; ‘Arsenal for everyone supporting LGBT History Month.’  They have also advertised the Football V homophobia campaign […]

New Courses to Kick Out Homophobia in Football

British football associations have launched ‘groundbreaking’ courses to encourage more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to get involved in the sport which has been marred by homophobia for years. Working in partnership with Pride Sports, the governing bodies of Kent and Surrey soccer have announced training programs for LGBT referees and coaches. To read […]

Clare Launches Pride Diary and European anti-homophobia in football Tour

Clare B Dimyon MBE* (for services to lesbian, gay bisexual & transgender people in central & eastern Europe) is going to go to the Ukraine to follow “her team to collect rainbow colours” (of the national teams), combat homophobia in English football AND to meet Ukrainian LGBT people who are having a terrible time facing a […]

Clare Flies the Flag at Wembley

LGBT activist Clare Dimyon won over fans at London’s Wembley Stadium as she staged a one-woman demonstration in support of efforts to end homophobia in football. Dimyon, who was honored with an MBE by the Queen for her campaign work, last night stood proudly waving a rainbow flag outside the UK’s national stadium where the Holland […]