London to host ‘Pride In Football’ event
PUBLISHED: 13:40 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:40 28 October 2014
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Kick It Out, the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), the Gay Football Supporters’ Network and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) fans are hosting their first joint event, entitled #PrideInFootball, at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in Central London on Sunday November 16.
#PrideInFootball, which forms part of Kick It Out and the FSF’s ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, is also supported by Football v Homophobia and will give fans a chance to meet face-to-face to celebrate and discuss the rise of LGBT fans’ groups over recent years.
It will also share what they have achieved so far whilst focusing on how they build on this success.
#PrideInFootball will run from 1-4pm, with an open invite to all LGBT fan groups and fans to attend and take part.
Refreshments will be provided and the day will be relaxed and informal, with fun sessions, workshops and networking which will bring together a wide range of views, opinions and experiences with one thing in common - a shared love of football.
Groups confirmed to attend so far are Proud Canaries (Norwich City), the Gay Gooners (Arsenal), Canal Street Blues (Manchester City) and Proud Lilywhites (Tottenham Hotspur).
They will run workshops on the different ways to set-up supporters’ groups, how to report LGBT abuse and discrimination and ways to build support for diversity and inclusion within the wider football fan base. The day will finish with a panel discussion.
Former Dagenham & Redbridge player Anwar Uddin, who holds a dual role with the FSF and Kick It Out as Diversity and Campaigns Manager of the ‘Fans for Diversity’ initiative, said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity to bring together members of LGBT fans’ groups and individuals interested in all of our work in this area, and explore how we can all make a difference collectively.
“There’s a great unity between these groups which transcends football.”
To register for the free event, visit http://bit.ly/PrideInFootball.
Further information on anti-discrimination programmes in football can be found at essexfa.com, on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.
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