New campaign to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
In the 2015-2016 football season, discrimination to do with sexual orientation made up 17% of total reports, which is a 4% rise on the previous season.
That’s why Kick It Out, an awesome organisation dedicated to promoting equality and inclusion in football, have teamed up with the Home Office and True Vision to launch their campaign, Call Full Time On Hate.
Roisin Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Kick It Out, explains:
“These topics have long been taboos in the game, but thanks to the proactive work of campaigners we are beginning to see the football community recognise the positive impact LGB&T inclusion is having on the sport.”
Tracey Crouch, Sports Minister, agrees, saying:
“Football stadiums are much more welcoming and family friendly than they were 30 years ago however we must not be complacent and it is important that we continue to educate and challenge any discriminatory behaviour. It is only right that LGB&T people get support across all sports and that they can participate in a safe and positive environment.”
The initiative starts today with a series of training materials (you can download them here) and a roundtable meeting at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
10,000 pocket guides have been sent out for stewards working at football stadiums to help them effectively challenge LGBT discrimination.
Watch this short film to learn more about the importance of Call Full Time On Hate.