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Why it matters
Football is the most popular sport in the world. Whether you’re into it or not, football has a profound relationship with the attitudes, values and behaviours in our society. The messages that football sends out about diversity and inclusion matter for all of us, whether we are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or heterosexual. Homophobia, prejudice and discrimination effect us all. Justin Fashanu, the first ever out gay male professional footaballer, suffered bullying and hostility after his sexual orientation became public, but so too have straight colleagues such as Graeme Le Saux and Sol Campbell.
16 years ago, the campaign Kick It Out was launched to tackle racism in football. Although racist incidents still occur occasionally in football, overall the game has come a long way in standing up against racial prejudice. And this transformation in football has had a knock on effect across society, helping change wider social attitudes to condemn racism and embrace inclusion.
In 2008, the Justin Campaign was formed to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football, and two years later the initiative FvH began. In supporting FvH, you are not only helping to make football a more inclusive and welcoming environment, you are also playing your part in making the society we live in a better place for everyone.