In 2018, a partnership between Fare and the international campaign Football v Homophobia will fund 20 organisations to deliver football activities during the period.
See what activities are taking place near where you are.
Intelektualet e rinj, Shprese
8-9 February, Shkoder
Albanian organisation Intelektualet e rinj, Shprese is running a two-day workshop on LGBT+ rights for the Football v Homophobia month of action. The workshops will touch upon topics including human rights, gender and sexual orientation, anti-discrimination and aim to have a cascading effect among the youth attending and their communities.
It will also include a film screening.
Attendants will include representatives from the Albanian Youth Parliament and players from football Academy of Vllaznia.
FreundInnen der Friedhofstribüne
Date to be announced, Vienna
100 people will be attend the premiere of the short documentary “Der Tag Wird Kommen”, which follows the life of Oliver Egger, a gay footballer playing for FC Gratkorn and his struggles as a gay footballer as part of FreundInnen der Friedhofstribüne activities for the Football v Homophobia month of action.
The screening will be followed by a panel with the player himself and the director. To attend send an email to freunde.der@friedhofstribüne.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Omladinski resursni centar Tuzla
11-16 February, Tuzla
Based in Tuzla Omladinski resursni centar Tuzla will be running a workshop for 15+ aged youngsters on the LGBT+ rights. The workshop will take place on 16 February and will be preceded by a football tournament for teams representing the different areas of study of the Universty of Tuzla and high school students on 11 February.
The tournament will be held under the theme ‘Equality in society’.
Helsinki Sports International Ry
9 February, Helsinki
On Friday 9 February, Helsinki Sports International Ry will host a panel discussion on sport and LGBT+ rights. Representatives of rights and sport organisations will be invited to address the challenges to participation in grassroots sport and discrimination faced by the LGBT+ community. The panel will also include delegates from the Helsinki city council and other civil rights organisations.
It will kick-start at 7pm and will be followed by a 7-a-side football mixed tournament.
Football Club Paris Arc-En-Ciel
17 February, Paris
French gay club Football Club Paris Arc-En-Ciel is organising a 5-a-side tournament with workshops to discuss anti-gay language commonly used in football and barriers to inclusion for minorities.
The workshops will take place during the tournament. At the end, there will be a social gathering and videos of the event and testimonials will be screened.
The event is open to all, registration is mandatory.
Здружение за културен и медиумски активизам КВИР СКВЕР Скопје
26 February, Skopje
Здружение за културен и медиумски активизам КВИР СКВЕР Скопје will host roundtable on tackling homophobia in football thought to be the first to bring together national LGBT+ rights groups and football authorities, as well as players, coaches and referees.
At the event, the human rights NGO will present the FvH toolkit in Macedonian, published in 2017 in cooperation with Pride Sports.
The event is open to all, registration is required.
NVO “CRNOGORSKI CENTAR ZA RAZVOJ KULTURE I SPORTA-KULSPORT”
7 February, Podgorica
A Q+A and panel discussion will be held on 7 February for school children in Podgorica. The session will be organised by KULSPORT and will focus on fighting homophobia, trans-phobia and reporting homo and trans-phobic bullying.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their opinion about topics covered.
After the panel, a football training will be organised with professional players.
10-11 February, Warsaw
On 10 February Fare Polish member KS CHRZĄSZCZYKI will host a screening of the documentary “The Chosen Few” followed by a discussion on LGBTQ+ representation and visibility in Polish football and the need for clubs/events LGBTQ+.
On the following day, a football tournament will be held in OSiR Targowek. Registration and participation fee of 50 euros is required per team.
The players will wear FvH branded t-shirts, which will continue to be used throughout the year in other tournaments to promote the campaign.
Asociatia MozaiQ LGBT
23-25 February, Bucharest
Asociatia MozaiQ LGBT will organised the first LGBT+ friendly tournament in Bucharest.
Teams will come from cities including Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi to contest the tournament.
The tournament is planned to take place during three days: Day 1 will include the opening ceremony and a panel discussion on LGBT discrimination in sports; Day 2 the group stages; and, Day 3 the finals.
Общественное движение ЛГБТ “Реверс”
17 – 18 February, Krasnodar
On 17 February Общественное движение ЛГБТ “Реверс” will hold a friendly match aimed at promoting equality and fighting homophobia, which will be followed by a seminar on LGBT+ rights on 18 February.
Saplinq – budujeme spolu dúhové komunity
20-27 February, Bratislava
In Slovakia, the celebrations of the Football v Homophobia month of action will kick-off on 20 February with the screening of FC ROMA followed by a discussion on racism and homophobia and intolerance in sport.
On 23-24 February LGBTIQ organisations from across the country will come together to contest a football tournament.
In addition to this, a discussion and exhibition on Black History will be held with HRC Global NYC on 27 February. The latter will be organised with the United States Ambassy and will be open to the public. Registration is required.
Športno društvo Out in Slovenija
30 February, Ljubljana
Fare member Out in Slovenija will use the momentum created around the UEFA Euro Futsal Championship, which will take place in Ljubljana between 30 January and 10 February, to create a national debate around homophobia in football.
The Slovenia LGBT rights organisation will invite the English gay referee Ryan Atkin for a roundtable on the topic.
CAP Ciudad de Murcia
1-18 February, Murcia
A series of activities will be held in Murcia to mark the Football v Homophobia month of action in 2018 organised by CAP Ciudad de Murcia in collaboration with the LGBT+ association “No Te Prives”.
These will include: distribution of flyers about sexuality and sexual orientation among fans and local businesses; on the week commencing on 12 February workshops will be held to create awareness of LGBT-phobia and educate on diversity; information stalls will provide information to fans on match days.
Observatorio Español contra la LGBTfobia
19 February, Madrid, Sevilla, Málaga,Toledo, Valencia and Valladolid
Observatorio Español contra la LGBTfobia, an organisation focused on monitoring incidents of LGBT-phobia in Spain, will launch on 19 February a nation-wide campaign to increase the visibility of the LGBT+ community in football.
The launch will be at the Superior Council of Sports, a government body that oversees sport in Spain, in Madrid, and will be attended by sports authorities, players, football associations and clubs.
An exhibition on the same topic will tour around several Spanish cities including Sevilla, Málaga,Toledo, Valencia and Valladolid.
Tarna, 24-25 February
On the 24 February Queerstion media will facilitate a mind and body workshop on the impact of hate speech and discrimination on the wellbeing, safety and security of Trans people. It will explore strategies to cope with trauma, stress and also share tips on safety.
The Swedish group will work on the event with LGBT+ ethnic minority associations, including RFSL, Black Queers Sweden, Trans Community of Colour Tcoc and Find Hope.
On the day after, Queerstion media will host the HATE HURTS football tournament to denounce all forms of hate and promote equality.
10 February, Ivano-Frankivsk
As part of the celebrations of the Football v Homophobia month of action Liga Tolerantnosti will translate the Football v Homophobia Toolkit into Ukrainian and launch the resource during a panel discussion on 10 February.
The panel will bring together representatives of sport clubs, local authorities, NGOs and LGBTQI groups.
The event is open to all, registration is required.
Altrincham Football Club
17-18 February, Cheshire
On 17 February Altrincham Football Club will be designating their league match against Sutton Coldfield Town FC as a Football v Homophobia match. The team will wear FvH t-shirts during the warm-up before the match and wear rainbow laces.
On the day, Altrincham Football Club will help showcase the work of Trafford Pride and a range of agencies from LGBTIQ community.
A day after, Altrincham FC Ladies will also designate their match against Crewe Alexandra to FvH.
The club will deliver workshops in our local high schools with the help of FvH to showcase the importance of inclusion and LGBTIQ participation in football.
Yorkshire St. Pauli
18 February, Leeds
On Sunday 18 February Yorkshire St. Pauli will host an exhibition football match and educational workshop as part their Football For All project, comprised of refugees and asylum seekers and long term residents.
The workshop will focus on tackling homophobia and transphobia and raising awareness about the barriers to football for the LGBT community. The workshop will be hands on (not a lecture) with practical involvement to try engage the players as much as possible.
National Football Museum
22 February and 8-9 March, Manchester
On 22 February the National Football Museum will organise a workshop on South American women’s football which will address issues of sexism, gender binary and LGBTIQ participation/ representation in football. The workshop will be held at Museum and will bring together leading scholars on South American women’s football to Europe.
The event is open and free to all people who want to attend, registration is required.
A larger conference, on International Women’s Day 8 and 9 March 2018 will bring together 30 of the leading academics on women’s football world wide. Speakers from USA, Canada, Europe and UK will present on equality and diversity themes, including Muslim and black and ethnic minority experiences and Jayne Caudwell will speak on LGBTIQ identities and the Rainbow laces campaign.
The event is open to all who want to attend.
Pride in Football
Ahead of football fixtures in the last fortnight of February 2018 in England and Scotland, Pride in Football will produce short animations offering scripts for responses to homophobia heard in the stands, challenging homophobic language.