LGBT+ in football
Making football a more comfortable and welcoming environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community is a key part of Kick It Out’s work.
Tackling issues such as homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are essential when it comes to increasing representation of the LGBT+ community across the game.
The campaign hosts a number of interactive forums and participates in initiatives such as LGBT+ History Month and Football v Homophobia to raise awareness of its presence throughout the year.
A well-documented issue is the fact there has not been a single openly gay player in the professional leagues in England since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
Former Leeds United midfielder Robbie Rogers announced he is gay a month after retiring in January 2013. He joined LA Galaxy in the United States after deciding to continue with his playing career shortly afterwards.
In January 2014, ex-Aston Villa, West Ham United and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out publically after retiring at the end of the previous season. A month later, England Women’s captain Casey Stoney revealed she is a lesbian.
Kick It Out works hard to create a support network and present opportunities for members of the LGBT+ community at all levels of football by consulting individuals and organisations with expertise in this area.
David Brook, Chief Executive of Castlecroft Rangers FC, and Juliet Chard from Stonewall, both sit on the campaign’s Grassroots Guidance Group.
In 2010, the campaign, in conjunction with The Football Association (FA), the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN), Stonewall and Outrage activist Peter Tatchell released its ‘Kick Homophobia Out of Football’ film.
The FA’s ‘Opening Doors and Joining In’ programme and the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) poster and DVD campaign against homophobia are other projects Kick It Out helped on delivering.
Kick It Out is also a supporter of the GFSN Fangroup Coalition (GFSN FC) which acts as an umbrella organisation for LGBT+ football supporters’ clubs throughout the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, through the Fans For Diversity campaign, Kick It Out played a leading role in helping to establish Pride in Football, another key alliance group for LGBT+ football supporters clubs.
Here is some further information on the key organisations Kick It Out works with in this area.
Football v Homophobia (FvH)
The Gay Football Supporters' Network (GFSN)
Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN)
The GFSN is a voluntary organisation which acts as a social, playing and campaigning network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (LGB&T) football fans and their friends. The GFSN organises regular events, match visits, and tournaments, and campaigns on issues relating to homophobia in football.
Just a Ball Game?
Just a Ball Game? (JBG?)
Aims and Objectives: JBG? aims to raise awareness around the inclusion and visibility of the LGBT community in football.
This is achieved by promoting LGBT history and achievements, and also changing mind-sets and stereotypes; helping to dispel myths and widen education in different cultures.
Pride in Football
Pride Sports works to challenge homophobia in sport and improve access to sport for all LGB&T people across the world.
Tel: 020 7593 1850
Fax: 020 7593 1877
Stonewall campaigns for equality and justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Stonewall helps to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and aims to ensure the rights and needs of LGBT people are addressed in the wider community.