For Justin - Football v Homophobia

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Why February? Because that’s the month in 1961 when Justin Fashanu was born, to date the only British-based footballer to come out as gay. Tragically, he took his own life in May 1998, but his legacy lives on in the form of ‘The Justin Campaign’, with which The FA has partnered to promote the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign.

Why should you get involved?

• Because discrimination of any kind is wrong. In fact, it’s illegal.
• On a practical level, welcoming people from the LGB&T (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community into football can grow your club or league – either in levels of participation or support, or both.
• Most importantly, because football has a powerful voice. It can directly influence the way people think and behave. The ‘Kick It Out’ anti-racism campaign is an excellent example of this.

For The FA itself, it’s a particularly timely campaign. That’s because 2013 is the 150th anniversary of The FA and one of its stated aim during the year is to focus on increasing participation in the game at every level.

Reaching out to the LGB&T community is a key component in this work – and one which will be ongoing beyond 2013.

Football is for everyone.

What do you think?