Written by: Jack
We are pleased to announce that during LGBTQ+ history month our fixtures on the 25th and 26th February will be running in support of Football v Homophobia (FvH).
Our women’s FA Cup Fifth Round tie vs. Cardiff City on the 26th will be dedicated to the campaign and our men’s players will be showing their support for the campaign when they play Billericay Town on Saturday 25th.
Football v Homophobia is an international campaign working throughout the football pyramid to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The campaign was founded 12 years ago by ‘The Justin Campaign’ which formed 10 years after the tragic suicide of gay footballer Justin Fashanu in 1998.
At Lewes FC as part of our commitment to the beautiful game, we care about using football to drive positive change in society.
We have a wonderful and welcoming community at this club and we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate our diversity, and raise awareness about homophobia in the game.
No one should feel excluded or discriminated against because of their identity and we can all work together to make football a more inclusive place.
Whilst attitudes vary across the industry, homophobic abuse remains a serious problem in football and wider society.
Just last month, Football v Homophobia penned a letter calling for urgent action after recent incidents of homophobic abuse in men’s football within stadiums and on social media2.
Campaigns like Football V Homophobia are crucial in challenging mindsets, educating people and enhancing LGBTQ visibility and opportunityin football.
There is no place for hate in our beautiful game and we are encouraging all our supporters to join us over the weekend to #KickItOut.
- Information and leaflets will be available at the Dripping Pan about the work that Football V Homophobia does and how you can support them. Football v Homophobia is an initiative of Pride Sports. To find out more visit: https://www.footballvhomophobia.com/.
- If you ever witness any hateful or prejudiced behaviour / language during a game, we urge you to speak to a club official, report to Kick It Out (02039678989 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or report the case to the FA.