Essex FA and Outhouse launch LGBT survey
Essex County FA and Outhouse East, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) charity, have launched a joint survey to help make local football a more comfortable environment for the LGBT community.
The survey, which can be completed by clicking here, aims to gauge the opinion of the LGBT community in Essex and to highlight any potential barriers which may exist preventing individuals and groups in engaging with, and participating in, football.
John Manning, Senior Football Development Officer at Essex County FA, said: “The survey we’re promoting definitely represents a new chapter in our equality work. We strongly believe in the importance of football being for all and we celebrate the diversity of society.
“We’re striving to promote and reflect that within our own structure and this new partnership with Outhouse East will hopefully see football in Essex make similar strides to other sports in this Country so it more accessible for the LGBT community.”
Formed in 1979, Outhouse works throughout North Essex to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and those affected by HIV and AIDS.
Daniel Bunker, the organisation’s Services Development Manager, commented: “This is a unique opportunity to assess the opinions of LGBT local people, and how they access football. It represents a change in attitude and a real intention to make sure this sport is accessible for all.
“There is yet to be a publically out-gay Premier League player and, with a history of homophobia coming from the terraces, this is a huge positive step in the right direction.”
For more information on the equality work of Essex FA, or on the survey, please contact John Manning on 01245 393 095 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Outhouse East, or on the survey, please contact Daniel Bunker on (01206) 871394 or via email@example.com.