FvH calls on football fans to help address LGBT-phobia at conference in Manchester07 January 2015

FootballvHomophobia(FvH), aninternationalcampaignopposingLGBTdiscriminationinfootball,iscallingon footballsupporterstojoinitsconferenceon15February,atthe NationalFootballMuseum,inManchester,England,andhelpaddresstheprobleminthegame.

The conference, organised with the support of Fare, #PrideInFootball, Football Supporters’ Federation, Kick it Out and the  Gay Football Supporters Network, will comprise a series of workshops and panel discussions around homophobia and LGBT participation in the game, including: campaigning v homophobia – what difference can supporters make?; transphobia and the experience of transgender fans; reporting and recourse to action on homophobia and transphobia; international campaigning; homophobia and the women’s game.

The one-day conference is providing an opportunity for football fans to come together and discuss the latest issues in LGBT inclusion, while promoting the supporters’ involvement in campaigning against LGBT-phobia and helping make the game more diverse and inclusive.

Throughout the day, there will also be a strand of workshops targeting LGBT fans and supporter groups programmed by the newly formed #PrideInFootball network.

The initiative is being organised as part of the Football v Homophobia month of action, celebrated every February to champion LGBTI rights in and through football, and will offer 15 travel bursaries of £40 for low/no wage participants travelling from a distance of 160 km or further.

The conference is free and open to every one to attend, to secure a place you need to register here.

To apply for a travel bursary follow the same procedure of registering online and then email info@footballvhomophobia.com stating your name and where you will be travelling from.

© Ariana Gramelspacher

© Ariana Gramelspacher