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30 January 2011 No Comment
Back in December I wrote about homophobic remarks made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, which highlighted the still prevalent levels of homophobia in football, at that time I was unaware of the The Justin Campaign Group who this year will be launching their new website as part of LGBT History month. The group was set up in memory of Justin Fashanu, who is to date, the only British footballer to ever come out as gay. Fashanu tragically commited suicide following sexual assault allegations but this group was set up in his name to continue his legacy of trying to remove homophobia from the beautiful game.
The campaign state their aims as:
– To raise the participation of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people in football at a grassroots level – To foster an environment where professional football players can feel comfortable being open about their sexuality – To engage with youth and adults through the use of sport and academia with the aim of eliminating discrimination and prejudice against LGBT people – To work strategically with partners to influence government, policy makers and statutory services to promote healthy lifestyles and well being among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people – To creatively challenge the negative stereotypes that surround LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people – To actively challenge by any civil means any form of prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation
These aims are ambitious but achieveable and I hope you will join me in supporting the Justin Campaign, to keep up with the group and find out how you can help, you can follow them on Twitter at: @justincampaign