Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, have teamed up with the Home Office and True Vision to release a series of informative and engaging resources that raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) discrimination within football stadia.
Forming part of Kick It Out’s ‘Call Full Time On Hate’ initiative for the 2016-17 season, which is urging the collective force of football to encourage inclusion and deter hate from the game, the resources were launched on March 22 – the same day as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hosted a roundtable meeting on homophobia in sport.
Liverpool FC showed its support to the campaign by recently dedicating its fixture against Swansea City on January 21 to supporting Kick It Out’s ‘Call Full Time On Hate’ campaign. The young Fan Support Team was also updating fans on the planned activities as well as handing out free Kick It Out merchandise.
A short film raising awareness of LGB&T inclusion in the game has been created in partnership with Doodle Films. Click play below to watch it free on YouTube. The film follows five individuals from the LGB&T community as they reflect on the impact of HBT behaviour on their lives and the importance of reporting discrimination in football.
Roisin Wood, chief executive officer at Kick It Out, said: “With LGBT History Month recently taking place in the UK, it is important that Kick It Out continues to raise awareness of the issues which still blight our national game, including homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
"These topics have long been taboos in the game, but thanks to the proactive work of campaigners we are beginning to see the football community recognise the positive impact LGB&T inclusion is having on the sport.
"With support from the Home Office and True Vision, Kick It Out has been able to produce three essential resources which will help stewards and others to understand and have confidence in effectively challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic discrimination within football stadia.
"Kick It Out also encourages all matchday participants, including players, club staff, stewards and supporters to download the organisation’s free reporting app, available on the App Store and Google Play."