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Friday, April 14, 2017

BRADFORD CITY LGBT fan group first patron ADAM McCABE.

                     

               BRADFORD CITY LGBT fan group have first patron in ADAM McCABE.

Bradford City LGBT fan group are extremely proud to announce that former Bradford City reserve player Adam McCabe will become their first patron.
Ex-professional player McCabe  ‘came out’  when his story was told globally earlier this year while playing for Georgia Revolution FC, Adam will also become a patron of JUST A BALL GAME?

“While I was playing soccer at a younger age, I was not out to my teammates. I did not really even think about my sexuality until the end of high school. Soccer was all that I thought about. I lived, breathed, ate and slept soccer. And I was not going to let anything, like a relationship or my sexuality, get in the way of my goals and dreams.”

Adam is now back playing in the USA and has a full time job for ‘Hersheys’ but also coaches along with regular appearances in the NPSL.




“Becoming a patron for Bradford City LGBT fan group and JBG?  means standing up for a minority in football and in sports in general. This is a platform and opportunity to shape the landscape of sports and change the perception of LGBTQ individuals in sports. To be a role model and inspire others was the main reason I decide to come out. I knew that I could help a lot of other people struggling with this same issue if I was brave enough to be a leader by example,” says McCabe.

LGBT fan group member Bradford Councillor Richard Dunbar had this to say, I am delighted to hear that Adam will be joining as patron for both Bradford City LGBT Fan Group and JBG?”
“Having him on board sends a positive message to other professional players struggling with the thought of coming out. I would like to think we are closer than ever to a professional player coming out in the English Football Leagues. It is when clubs like Bradford City fly the rainbow flag, have a zero tolerance on hate speech and openly celebrate events like LGBT History Month that make this more possible."



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HBT bullying within football stadia - Kick It Out resource



Several years ago JUST A BALL GAME founder LINDSAY ENGLAND wrote a 15 page document to help educate Ground Safety Officers and match day staff when dealing with HBT discrimnation in football stadia. This document was recently condensed and made in to an easy read booklet and Z-card for today's launch of the resources by Kick it Out and the Home Office.




Kick It Out, Home Office and True Vision challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic discrimination in football through new resources

Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has partnered with the Home Office and True Vision to release a series of informative and engaging resources that raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) 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.
To view the film, click here.
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 – www.kickitout.org

Roisin Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Kick It Out, commented:
“With LGBT History Month recently taking place in the UK, it is important that Kick It Out continues to raise awareness of the issues which still blight our national game, including homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
“These topics have long been taboos in the game, but thanks to the proactive work of campaigners we are beginning to see the football community recognise the positive impact LGB&T inclusion is having on the sport.
“With support from the Home Office and True Vision, Kick It Out has been able to produce three essential resources which will help stewards and others to understand and have confidence in effectively challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic discrimination within football stadia.
“Kick It Out also encourages all matchday participants, including players, club staff, stewards and supporters to download the organisation’s free reporting app, available on the App Store and Google Play.”

Tracey Crouch, Sports Minister, said:
"Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse is completely unacceptable and this partnership between Kick It Out and the government can help further tackle the issue in football. I urge stewards and all match-day staff to use these resources, so that all know exactly what is expected of them if an incident were to take place.

“Football stadiums are much more welcoming and family friendly than they were 30 years ago however we must not be complacent and it is important that we continue to educate and challenge any discriminatory behaviour. It is only right that LGB&T people get support across all sports and that they can participate in a safe and positive environment."
Sarah Newton, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism said:
“Fans, players and staff of all sexualities, races and religions deserve to enjoy football without facing discrimination or abuse.  
“Football has come a long way and is now more inclusive and welcoming to all fans but more work still needs to be done. This is why I fully support Kick It Out and the excellent work it is doing targeting discrimination and abuse against LGBT people at football matches.
“This Government is determined to do everything we can to stamp out hate crime, which has no place whatsoever in a Britain that works for everyone. Our hate crime action plan focuses on prevention, giving people the confidence to come forward and report it, and providing better support to victims.”

Bill Bush, Premier League Executive Director, said:  
“The Premier League is all about exciting, passionate and unpredictable football that is for everyone, everywhere.
“Clubs work hard to make their grounds safe and welcoming to fans and we fully support the use of these important new Kick It Out resources. They will complement the training stewards undertake to deal appropriately with unacceptable behaviour or abuse, and further highlight to the LGBT community that we see them as an integral part of our community.”
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of the EFL, said:

“We need to ensure that the game is unified in creating a safe and welcoming environment for all and the EFL is committed to providing a positive experience that stretches well beyond the 90 minutes of play.
“I am confident that these new resources will be of great value in helping our clubs to increase understanding and awareness of the need to challenge behaviour that is homophobic, biphobic and transphobic.”





 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A message from Bradford City FC

In support of Bradford City LGBT fan group and JUST A BALL GAME? for LGBT History Month 2017.



A message from Bradford City FC

“Bradford City FC has been committed, for many years, to supporting members of the LGBT Community who follow football in general and Bradford City FC in particular.
The Club is proud to have dealt effectively on issues that may have arisen, and supported the LGBT Community as moves have been made to enhance and intensify the message that inclusion is right for clubs and supporters alike.
The Club displays the Rainbow Flag at all home games, offers a confidential texting service to highlight problems, and undertakes support and training for members of the match day staff.
As we approach February 2017, we are delighted to be, once again, supporting the LGBT History Month.”