Here are some easy steps that can be taken by football supporters to help Football v Homophobia right now:
- Ask your club’s Football Liaison Officer what the club is doing to support FvH. Let them know what you are doing and ask the club to support you. Contact your Liaison Officer.
- Hold a supporters’ meeting to discuss LGBT inclusion and tackling homophobia in football (Football v Homophobia can provide a speaker)
- If your club is taking action and has designated a game, you can support them on match day at the ground or on social media.
- Contact your local LGBT Football Club through GFSN, or LGBT community organisation through the LGBT Consortium and ask them to support your plans for FvH
- Use social media to raise the issues with other supporters – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
- If you want to get your hands on FvH branded merchandise, check out our shop: www.footballvhomophobia.com/shop
Always take action on homophobia and transphobia. If you feel confident to challenge comments or behaviour yourself, then standing up to homophobia can help make football welcoming to everyone. If you don’t feel confident or safe at a game or in any football environment, you can take action by making a report to Kick It Out. All the information you need can be found here http://www.kickitout.org/get-involved/report-it/Remember, doing nothing only lets discrimination and prejudice grow!
LGBT SUPPORTER GROUPS
In the UK
In the UK we work closely with the Pride in Football, the alliance of LGBT fan groups. These fan groups are officially recognised by their clubs. Go to the Pride in Football website for more information http://prideinfootball.co.uk
If you’re interested in setting up your own fan group in the UK, check out the Toolbox we developed in partnership with Pride in Football.
If you want to find out more about LGBT fan groups internationally, check out the work of Queer Football Fanclubs (QFF) https://queerfootballfanclubs.eu
You may also be interested in the work of Fußballfans gegen Homophobie, the campaign alliance for LGBT and non-LGBT fans http://fussballfansgegenhomophobie.blogsport.de