Has football become more inclusive? Are clubs and authorities doing enough to help combat abuse within the game? What can individuals do to help support the LGBT+ community? Will a player or coach from the men’s game come out in the next five years?
As part of Brentford Football Club’s involvement in the Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign, Allan Steele (B Team Technical Lead and Assistant Coach), Molly O'Reilly (Brentford Women’s FC) and Kate Graham (LGBeeTs) sat down to discuss some key issues facing the football community. Watch their discussion below.
FvH is an international initiative that exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation gender identity and expression at all levels of football.
We strive to become the most inclusive Club in the country and share FvH’s desire to take a clear stand against homophobia and transphobia so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game and so that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Football v Homophobia was originally conceived and launched by the Justin Campaign in 2010. The Justin Campaign, a small voluntary run football campaign group, was founded in 2008 to demonstrate that ten years after Justin Fashanu’s tragic suicide in 1998, homophobia was still hugely prevalent in both grassroots and professional football. Along with raising awareness the campaign had a strong focus on art, events, education and football.
Brentford and Queens Park Rangers will come together to show their support for the FvH campaign during this evening’s meeting at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
For more information on the Club’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion, please click here.