Friday, 21 October 2011

The Justin Campaign congratulates Wycombe Wanderers on taking a stand against homophobia and transphobia in football

The Justin Campaign is pleased to learn that Wycombe Wanderers have become the first professional football club to sign up to the Government’s ‘Charter for Action’ in tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport.

The charter commits signatories to challenge discrimination and work to rid sport of homophobic and transphobic abuse both on the terraces and on the pitch, so that everyone can take part in and enjoy sport.

Jason Hall, founder of the Justin Campaign said: ‘It’s really good to see that Wycombe Wanderers have shown leadership in demonstrating their support for the Government’s Charter. It’s a pity though that other professional clubs have still yet to do the same. It really is time now for them all to take a stand along with Wycombe Wanderers and ‘get with the programme’ “.

The Justin Campaign was set up in 2008 in memory of Justin Fashanu, the world’s first openly gay professional footballer, who took his own life in 1998. The campaign highlights how homophobia is still engrained in both grassroots and professional football and seeks to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions that exist around LGB & T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans) people, so that the visibility of LGB & T people in football will become both accepted and celebrated. (

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