Canaries supporting anti-homophobia initiativeFEBRUARY is the international month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and at this weekend’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City is supporting the initiative.
FvH is a campaign uniting fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.
Year-round, FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game. This culminates in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue and to showcase new and existing work.
The campaign has been around since 2010 and manages to generate global attention. In the UK, there has been a massive show of support and a majority of professional clubs took action in February last year.
Prejudice and discrimination in football affects us all, not just the LGBT community. Former Canary player Justin Fashanu suffered homophobic bullying and hostility after his sexual orientation became public, but so too did heterosexual footballers such as Graeme Le Saux and Sol Campbell.
Throughout Football v Homophobia month and beyond, please help by standing up to prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people in the game. Together we can make football a welcoming place for everyone.
If you witness any unacceptable behaviour during a game, like homophobic chanting and hateful or prejudiced language, speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official or contact Kick It Out via the reporting line - 0800 169 9414 – or the Kick It Out app www.kickitout.org.
To further support the campaign and for more information please visit www.footballvhomophobia.com. You can also keep up to date with all the news by following the campaign on Twitter: @FvHTweets or liking the Facebook page. And you can also use #fvh2015 in any tweets or Facebook posts supporting the initiative.
You can also get in touch with Proud Canaries, the Norwich City LGBT Fangroup who you can follow on Twitter (@ProudCanaries), Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also in the process of planning for the next Norwich Pride event which takes place in the city centre on Saturday, July 25 at the Forum.