February is the international campaign month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and Wrexham AFC is supporting the initiative.
We have designated next Saturday’s game against Torquay United as support of the Football v Homophobia campaign this February.
This is an opportunity for our supporters to also get behind the campaign and show everyone there is no place for hate or bigotry at Wrexham AFC.
FvH is a campaign uniting football in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in football.
FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game.
FvH is a continuous campaign with an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue in making a visible stand against prejudice and for inclusion.
Using homophobic or transphobic is against the laws of the game, can be a criminal offense, but most importantly, it can make football an intimidating and unpleasant place for fellow fans, players, and officials. Welsh International Jess Fishlock has spoken about anti-gay abuse she has suffered on social media saying:
“Homophobia in all sports and all genders is a terrible thing. It really shouldn’t be a reason why someone doesn’t play a sport and it certainly shouldn’t be a reason why someone gets abused for playing a sport.”
Attitudes in Football are changing, but everyone needs to be aware of the language we use and the way we behave to reflect this change.
Fans can make a real difference to the culture of football, and we’d like your support.
We know that change starts with education and Wrexham AFC recognises it has a role to play in leading the way on raising awareness of LGBT+ discrimination within the club and its community.
The RCF have recently received a grant to deliver a workshop on the importance of inclusion and diversity which they will be delivering locally over the next 12 months.
Wrexham AFC believes in a game where LGBT+ people can be seen and heard and their contribution is of value to football.
We will work to create a safe and welcoming football environment for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
All supporters can all play a small part in achieving this goal.
Find out more about the Football v Homophobia campaign and action you can personally take in February:
Be sure to use #FvH2020 in any social media posts supporting the initiative.