The Justin Campaign is delighted by the news that the Professional Footballers’ Association is supporting this year’s Football v Homophobia initiative.
Set up by the Justin Campaign in 2010, the annual week of action, which takes place between the 18th and 26th of February, is the FA’s endorsed campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.
The Justin Campaign uses FvH to work around the year to enable people to take action against homophobia in football and to celebrate and welcome diversity. Through the message of FvH, the Justin Campaign provides support, communication materials, education and training to enable anyone - including fans, LGBT communities, grassroots teams, professional football clubs and football authorities - to communicate and promote inclusivity and unity.
This year, a number of Premier League clubs, along with Football League clubs, will be taking part in the initiative.
During the week of action, the PFA will be distributing anti-homophobia posters to professional clubs, schools and community groups to help raise awareness for the issue.
Simone Pound, the PFA’s Senior Executive of Equality said: “We are delighted to support the campaign and consider it a great opportunity for football to demonstrate a visible anti-homophobia message.”
Megan Worthing-Davies, The Justin Campaign’s Director of FvH, said: “Having the support of the PFA is extremely important for both Football V Homophobia in particular and the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football in general. Their positive influence on footballers all around the country is vital to making the game a more welcoming and secure place for LGBT fans and players.”