Justin Campaign hosts football day at Winchester Prison
The Justin Campaign, in conjunction with HMP Winchester’s diversity team, hosted a day of football activities for inmates at Winchester Prison earlier this month.
As part of the 2011 edition of Football v Homophobia, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of homophobia in amateur and professional football, members of the Justin Campaign team educated prisoners on the involvement of the LGBT community in the game.
Inmates took part in a workshop revolving around LGBT issues, before being given a screening of the new Justin Campaign-commissioned film about Brighton Bandits FC. In the afternoon, campaign members took part in a five-a-side tournament with staff and inmates.
The day allowed homosexual prisoners – many of whom have struggled to see themselves reflected in the gay scene – to meet positive role models who they could relate to, while altering the preconceptions of gay people among heterosexual inmates.