Dutch Foundation remember LGBT pioneer

The John Blankenstein Foundation (JBF), set up in memory of the famous Dutch referee who came out as gay, hosts a mini-conference on homophobia in football to engage fans in the discussion of the roles we all play in tackling the issue in Amsterdam (18 October 2013).

The initiative 'Football for everyone; Acceptance of gays and lesbians in our football club' features the induction of an anti-homophobia workshop that is presented in professional and grassroots clubs and a panel discussion including the former footballers Wensley Garden and Arnold Smith.

The gathering is organised under the framework of the Football People action weeks and takes place at the Frans Otten Stadium. It is open for all to attend.

The JBF works closely with the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to ensure the inclusion and acceptance of gay players through workshops. Blankenstien refereed at the 1992 European Championships in Sweden and the second leg of the 1993 UEFA Cup final between Juventus and Dortmund in Turin.

The Chairman of JBF Lou Manders said, “Dutch football has started to do some good work to tackle homophobia, which is very welcome, and has followed in the tradition of activity amongst the LGBT grassroots community in the Netherlands.

“John Blankenstein was a pioneer in sport as an openly gay referee working at the highest levels of football. Our aim is to remember him through helping to pave the way for others to follow.”


Friday 18 October 2013
Frans Otten Stadium
IJsbaanpad 43
1075 XV
17.30 – 20.00 hrs

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