Just A Ball Game?
The Kent FA will endorse and support the Football v Homophobia month of action by organising a series of events and articles to counter prejudice in grassroots football.
English Premier League
A number of the Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, will be supporting the Football v Homophobia campaign through a series of different initiatives.
Pride House International
Based in the USA, Canada, France and England the umbrella organisation of sport and human rights groups announced that almost 30 communities around the world will be hosting a remote Pride House, in February, to show their solidarity with Russian LGBT people and for equality in sport during the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
A series of events will be held worldwide.
Pride House Manchester
Pride House Manchester is organising a discussion for football supporters, campaigners and LGBT community members on the anti-gay law in Russia and its impact on the country’s mega events of 2014 (Winter Olympics) and 2018 (World Cup).
13 January – 1 March
‘The Pass‘ is a play about homophobia in football.
Set in three hotel rooms over 12 years, it follows the career of Jason, a rising football star who conceals his sexuality to ensure his success, but gradually discovers the cost of living a lie.
Royal Court, London until 1 March.
The English football club Tottenham Hotspur announced the formation of its first LGBT fan group, in collaboration with the also newly-formed Gay Football Supporters’ Network Fangroup Coalition (GFSN FC).
Woking Borough Council
The Woking Borough Council is organising a 5-a-side football tournament for boys and girls aged between 10 and 15. Workshops and informative material will help the initiative to raise awareness of discrimination against the LGBT community.
1. FC Cologne
The fans of the German club will display a banner contesting the anti-gay laws in Russia and Qatar.
Commando Donnerschwee Oldenburg & Nordkaos Hamburg 2
The supporters groups in organising an anti-homophobia tifo.
DFC Kreuzberg is organising a workshop to address the issues around sexism and transphobia and through common effort define a plan to tackle discrimination.
The fans of Düsseldorf are organising stadium activities in the frame of the Football v Homophobia campaign.
The city’s parliament passed a new law on fair play in international sports events to counter the Russian anti-gay law.
The fans of the German club Mainz 05 will organise an anti-homophobia stadium tifo.
The German fan group will show an anti-homophobia clip a home match in February.
The fans of Köln are staging a stadium initiative to tackle homophobia in football.
The fans of Nürnberg are organising a series of initiatives against LGBT discrimination.
Queer Football Fanclubs
The German umbrella organisation of fan groups is calling on supporters to celebrate diversity and tackle homophobia in stadiums during the the weekends of 8-9 and 15-16 February through colourful initiatives.
The supporters of Schalke 04 are staging initiatives to promote diversity in the frame of the LGBT month of action.
Ultra Team Bremen
The fans of Werde Bremen are going to display an anti-homophobia banner at a home match in February.
The Fare partner association is organising the first round-table event on homophobia in football to be held at the city of Larisa. Members of LGBT organisations will participate in the event.
25 February – FOUL Round table with discussion about FvH, Athens
28 February – FOUL Tournament with kids (antihomophobia & antiracist messages), Viotia
Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation
The Budapest-based organisation is hosting a friendly match against homophobia along with the Techinical University Sport Club at Borodi Sport Arena in Budapest.
The organisation will also hold a series of workshops through Hungary to raise awareness of LGBT discrimination.
Football State is staging an anti-homophobia football tournament with eight amateur teams.
Asd Polisportiva Jackie Tonawanda
The Italian association is organising a friendly football cup with local LBGT organisations to be held in Vicenza.
UISP launched a campaign calling on the Italian governing bodies and civil society to take action against Russia’s anti-gay law.
NGO Kulsport Montenegro
Kulsport is holding a conference on homophobia and discrimination in football for the players and parents of the football school FK Vulas. The initiative will also feature a football tournament, in which the players will wear jerseys reading anti-homophobia slogans.
In the frame of the LGBT history month, the Dutch organisation is forming an anti-homophobia fan group that will stage its first activity alongside with FC Den Bosch.
The Polish group is organising a football tournament to counter homophobia and gender discrimination in football.
LGBT Russia Open Games
26 February – 2 March
The Russian capital Moscow will host for the first time the LGBT Open Games that will feature competitions in badminton, basketball, futsal, skiing, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.
The Games will also include demonstrations of other sports, including martial arts, arm wrestling, difference styles of dance and figure skating, and a cultural programme featuring film screenings and photo exhibitions.
Republic of Serbia
The Serbian organisation will distribute informative materials promoting LGBT rights.
United Glasgow fans
The fans of the Scottish club United Glasgow will celebrate diversity at a home match.
Out in Slovenia
Out in Slovenia will organise a range of activities against homophobia at the finals of the women’s winter indoor football league.
Arco Iris Jaén
Arco Iris Jaén is organising a round-table on the Sochi Olympics and the Russian anti-gay law.
The Spanish group is also planning to host a football match against homophobia.
Felgtb & Colegas
The Spanish LGBT networks, Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gais, Transexuales y Bisexuales (Felgtb) and Confederación de asociaciones de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transexuales (Colegas), have both requested the current government to include homophobic hatred in the same law that counters violence and intolerance in sport.
Fotbollssupportrar mot homofobi
The Swedish LGBT organisation of football fans is holding two educational lectures on 15 and 16 February, in Gothenburg and Borås respectively, for supporters, players and representatives of the local clubs GAIS and Elfsborg.