Middlesex FA is proud to team up with Football vs Homophobia to support their month of action, and help to tackle homophobia and transphobia in football to ensure that it truly is a game for everyone.
Sadly, 43% of lesbian, gay or bisexual players have heard anti-gay abuse whilst playing football. As a result, Middlesex FA is partnering with Football vs Homophobia to help this number drop. In the past few months, polls have shown that whilst football fans would be more accepting than ever of a gay player in their team, as many as 72% of fans have heard homophobic abuse at a football match.
The use of anti-LGBT+ language towards someone because you do not like their style of play, management or refereeing decision is WRONG. It is against the laws of the game and it is also potentially a criminal offense. It also has a huge impact on the atmosphere of football; potentially becoming an intimidating place for fellow participants.
Football vs Homophobia exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels in football.
As an international initiative, Football v Homophobia engages in campaigning, education, advice and guidance, research, policy consultation and capacity building to:
- Create opportunities and promote engagement of LGBT+ people in football at all levels and in all forms
- Improve the representation and visibility of LGBT+ people throughout football
- To realise the potential of football in society as a tool to create positive change
Attitudes in football are changing – and Middlesex FA is very excited to help deliver this campaign across the county in order to make a positive difference to the culture of football.
We work to create a safe, enjoyable environment for everyone in football – and you can join us by pledging your support using the link below and by using #FvH2019 across your social media channels throughout February.
CLICK HERE TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO FOOTBALL VS HOMOPHOBIA