The Justin Campaign is launching the second annual annual Football v Homophobia day on 19 February 2011.
Football v Homophobia is an international initiative which aims to unite communities and clubs in their opposition to homophobia in football. It is expected that the day will lead to activities taking place worldwide.
The campaign is named after Justin Fashanu, the talented striker who became the worlds first openly gay footballer. The Justin group have a number of initiatives organised from their base in Brighton, England, including educational work and open participation activities such as the Justin Fashanu All-Stars Team and Art Against Homophobia.
Darren Ollerton, Justin Campaign Director, commented: “It is with great confidence and hope that we approach the second international day opposing homophobia in football.
“The development of our unique partnership with grassroots groups, the English FA and many others, is sure to help create real opportunity and equality for LGBT people in football as we work towards a future where football really is for all.
“We hope our European colleagues will join us in organising actions during Football v Homophobia day”.
Lou Englefield, board member of FARE partner the European Gay and Lesbian sports Foundation (EGLSF), said, “EGLSF is proud to support Football v Homophobia and those fans and activists who use this day to make a stand against discrimination in the game.
“We are delighted to see that the English FA is endorsing the campaign and hope that other national governing bodies of football will support the efforts of those observing Football v Homophobia in their countries”
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