Football Vs Homophobia Conference

August 17, 2013

The Football v Homophobia Campaign announced today that it will be joined by FARE, Europe’s anti-discrimination campaign for football, to deliver a football conference for fans on tackling homophobia and transphobia in football. The conference is being held in Manchester, UK on 17 August 2013. Campaign Director, Louise Englefield explains:

“We are delighted to be joined by FARE on this project. Their support will make the conference a truly international event. We will be welcoming fans and activists from throughout Europe to Manchester in August. Fans are often blamed for homophobia in football and for the lack of openly gay players in the professional game. We want to look at that, highlight some of the issues for fans themselves, showcase some of the great work of fans’ groups challenging discrimination and to let fans’ voices be heard in the debate”

Delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary discussions and workshops throughout the day covering issues such as ‘Education or Regulation – Affecting Culture Change in Football’, ‘Transphobia & the Experience of Transgender Fans’ and ‘The Role of LGBT Fans Groups’. Speakers will include representatives from fans groups throughout Europe, players, administrators and campaigners.

The conference is taking place in August as part of the Manchester Pride festival. Manchester Pride is one of the longest running LGBT Pride events in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors to the City every August.

Bursaries for the conference will be available for delegates from organisations from outside the UK, who are encouraged to apply to the scheme by 15 July. Registration for the conference and applications for bursaries can be found at


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