From February onwards, Wolverhampton Wanderers is supporting Football v Homophobia (FvH), an international campaign to combat homophobia in all its forms. And you can help.
FvH aims to tackle homophobia and prejudice against LGB&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) people in football. The campaign is endorsed and supported by The FA, PFA, Premier League, Football League, LMA and Kick It Out.
The aim of FvH is to make football safe and welcoming for everyone. Justin Fashanu, the first ever out gay male professional footballer, suffered bullying and hostility after his sexual orientation became public. Tragically, he took his own life in 1998.
Research conducted by Stonewall in 2009 shows that one in four fans believe that football is 'homophobic', while a 2012 National Union of Students survey suggested that 14.3 per cent of LGB&T respondents had been put off playing sports such as football because of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.
Fashanu was born in February 1961, which is why The FA has chosen this month to highlight the campaign. Throughout Football v Homophobia month and beyond, please help the club by standing up to prejudice and discrimination against LGB&T people in the game.
Together, we can make football a more welcoming place for everyone.
If you witness any hateful or prejudiced language or behaviour during a game, please speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official or contact The FA by phone, on 0800 085 0508, by email, at reportdiscrimination@TheFA.com, or Kick It Out, at www.kickitout.org/report_it.php.
Remember, doing nothing only allows discrimination to get worse.
To further support the campaign, here are some other simple supporters can do:
- Show your support by following us on social media: @FvHtweets
- Join the Football Fans v Homophobia network (and receive a quarterly fanzine) to keep up to date with all Football v Homophobia events
- Encourage your club, amateur team or friends to get involved (you can view case studies at www.footballvhomophobia.com