Football tournaments,social media campaigns, discussions, community festivals and workshops are among a wide range of activities that will send an unwavering message against homophobia in Febuary during the International Month of Action against Homophobia and Transphobia in Football.
The initiatives have been funded by Fare as part of longstanding collaboration with Football v Homophobia (FvH) to challenge LGBT-phobia in football.
From Portugal in the West to Russia in the East, 20 European groups have been awarded a small grant to encourage grassroots activity against homophobia in football during the period.
Campaign Director Lou Englefield said: “We received a large number of applications and had some tough choices to make, but we’re delighted with the awards we’ve made.”
Education projects, exhibitions, a theatre play and an audio-documentary on homophobia in football will encourage innovative techniques to address the problem.
“We were impressed with the large number of applications from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as from many organisations and groups we have not previously worked with.
“The funded activities reflect the diversity of LGBT and ally action in football across Europe.” Englefield added.
In the UK and Ireland February is designated as the LGBT History Month. In recent years its reach has grown internationally through campaigns as FvH.
Fare Programmes Co-ordinator Claudia Krobitzsch said: “We are happy to see increasing numbers of groups getting involved in the action month to show their support for LGBT diversity in football and we look forward to seeing the selected activities take shape in February.
Only in the Balkans the participation of groups in the campaign grew from two in 2015 to 9 groups in 2016.
“As in previous years, we know many more will join in during the period taking the message of inclusion across Europe” Krobitzsch added.
Fare and FvH funded initiatives:
Youth Group of the Youth Resource Centre, Tuzla (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – A community futsal tournament and education campaign.
Fußballfans gegen Homophobie Österreich (Austria) – Campaign advising fans on how to challenge homophobia and where to get support.
ASPN VIKING Aleksandrow Kujawski (Poland) – Promotion of anti-homophobia messaging at U18 International Futsal Women’s through handing out leaflets, banners and t-shirts.
LGBT United Tetovo (Macedonia) – Community Festival to raise awareness of LGBT inclusion in sport
BiBeriS – Bildung & Beratung im Sport (Germany) – A programme of events including lectures, plays and workshops
Kulsport (Montenegro) – Two Football v Homophobia education events in Ulcinj and at FC Otrant-Olympic addressing issues of homophobia with young players.
ASOCIATIA RENATO (Romania) – A month long campaign of anti-discrimination activity, including football competitions vs Homophobia/Transphobia, and round table debates
qSPORT Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – Organisation of sporting events throughout February, with football as a priority, for LGBTQ youth to promote equality, acceptance and support.
FC Paris Arc En Ciel (France) – A mixed 5-a-side football tournament to raise awareness.
Women’s Alliance (Macedonia) – A social media campaign “Football v Homophobia” combatting the homophobia in football.
Peachwise (Serbia) – A weekend of raising awareness of LGBTIQ+ issues in football
Reprezentacija.ba (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – “Football for everybody, everybody for Footbal” inclusion campaign, it will be very strong message.
Russian LGBT Sport Federation (Russia) – The first Tomsk tournament for equality
Rede Ex Aequo (Portugal) – an education project using an informal education methodology to explore topics of LGBTI discrimination
Mundwerk (Austria) – Development of a Forum Theatre play with the central theme “Homosexuality in Football
Out In Slovenia (Slovenia) – an exhibition based in Ljubljana with awareness raising activities
Les Dégommeuses (France) – A social media campaign focusing on homophobia in football with a focused visibility campaign at a targeted game.
TANKA (Serbia) – A radio campaign challenging stereotypes, stigma and hate speech
KAOS GL (Turkey) – Two solidarity football matches between local LGBTI people and LGBTI refugees
Journalists for Social Change (Slovenia) – An audio-documentary on homophobia in football
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