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Kick It Out challenge HBT discrimination in football

30 March 2017

Kick It Out has partnered with the Home Office and True Vision to release a series of resources to raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic 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 have been launched on the same day (22 March) as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) host a roundtable meeting on homophobia in sport.

A short film raising awareness of LGB&T inclusion in the game has been created in partnership with Doodle Films. 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.

Click here to view the film!

A comprehensive booklet and small pocket guide have also been designed to assist stewards and safety officers in their understanding of HBT discrimination and how to effectively challenge this behaviour.

Following the recent publication of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on homophobia in sport, which stated that stewards and all staff at all levels must be supported when confronting and reporting homophobia, these new materials will equip matchday stewards and safety officers with the confidence to report HBT discrimination at football matches.

‘Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Behaviour at Football Stadia’ is a 12-page booklet which has been produced with support from Just A Ball Game? and Inside Inclusion. The booklet includes information on what HBT discrimination is and the role stewards and safety officers can play in reporting and challenging this behaviour.

Ten key steps to tackling HBT discrimination have been included in the small pocket guide accompanying the booklet. 10,000 pocket guides have been produced and distributed to stewards and safety officers across Premier League and English Football League clubs.

Discrimination reports relating to sexual orientation made up 17% of reports to Kick It Out in 2015/16, a rise of 4% on the previous season.

All these resources will be available to download digitally for free on the Kick It Out website!

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