Lib Dem MP announces support for anti-homophobia initiatives
A Liberal Democrat MP has announced his support for anti-homophobia football initiatives through an exclusive interview with the Gay Football Supporters Network.
Don Foster, MP for Bath, said he is a supporter of gay rights and backs the work of the GFSN which works to encourage a safe and positive environment in which gay and lesbian people can watch and play football.
Foster commented: “I think groups such as yours have a vital role to play in challenging prejudices. We need to see individual fans, supporters groups, sporting bodies and players speaking out against homophobia, and doing so across all sports – not just football.
He added: “Thanks to organisations such as Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card, who work with top footballers in educating fans and the football community about racism, we’re now seeing both fans and teams standing up for black footballers. There may be lessons to learn from these projects when tackling homophobia.”
Chris Basiurski, GFSN Chair, told PinkPaper.com: “It’s great to hear such a positive message of support for anti-homophobia in football initiatives from a member of the coalition government.
“Fighting homophobia in football is becoming an increasingly important issue in the world of sport and the GFSN are leading this debate in the UK.”