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Monday, November 09, 2020
JBG? survey finds almost three quarters of LGBT+ people need a safe space to participate in sport.
JBG? THE SURVEY-2020 HOMOPHOBIA, BIPHOBIA and TRANSPHOBIA IN SPORT
LGBT+ campaign organisation JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?) work to raise awareness around inclusion and visibility for LGBT+ people in football and other sports. As part of our 10th birthday celebrations we have released our report from the survey we conducted earlier this year.
The research published in the documentation was conducted by Lindsay England, founder of “Just a Ball Game?” (JBG?) in partnership with Peter Millward (Professor of Contemporary Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University). This survey is a 10 year on follow up from the original piece of research which was conducted by JBG? a decade ago.
Some of the key findings are as follows:
1. Just over 73.30 percent of survey participants feel the need to participate in sport or leisure activities in a ‘safe space’ by being part of an LGBT+, or an LGBT+ friendly club or inclusive of all group.
2. Only 58 out of 133 who responded to the question ‘’Do you feel satisfied with the responses you got when you reported the homophobia, biphobia or transphobia?’’ felt that the response they got after reporting the bigotry was satisfactory. This figure highlights the need for further sensitivity and improvements.
3. Findings underline those across the survey in highlighting modest improvements in the landscape but still much work to be carried out given that the prevalence of LGBT+ discrimination continues to be high.
Former Everton and Wales goalkeeper (who is also a patron of JBG?) Neville Southall wrote as part of the foreward for the report: “As an ally to the LGBTQ+ community I find it sad that they are still finding that sport still has many barriers for them.”
Chair of AFC Rushden &Diamonds Ralph Burditt says, “"It's excellent to see the results of the excellent work that JBG? have done in compiling this data. We have long known that sport has issues with discrimination on the basis of sexuality, but understanding the detail around this, where the specific problems lie and how the issues are changing with time is a vital next step in working towards a discrimination-free future."
Former professional player and another of JBG?’s patron Adam McCabe had this to say on the report:
“The JBG? report is a valuable tool that highlights the necessity to continue fighting for inclusion in football. As seen recently in the USL Championship regarding the abuse received by Collin Martin, it is as important as ever to educate, define and report issues surrounding all forms of abuse in football. The JBG? report does an excellent job not only highlighting how far the game has come, but also how far we still have to go.”
The report can be read in full here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sfLFDwfyZn4PgV-jLVlIJ4zq0f5raPy_m36XjC55ptw/edit?usp=sharing
It can also be accessed from our blog and website, http://www.justaballgame.co.uk/blog alternatively you can request a PDF file.
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Monday, October 26, 2020
Football Collective Interview.
In 2020. founder of JUST A BALL GAME? Lindsay England gave an interview to Peter Millward on behalf of the Football Collective:
Lindsay England, Just A Ball Game? and (Bradford City LGBT+ Fan Club
LGBT+ Lionesses Fan Club) - Interview, 5 March 2020, Liverpool
“So thank you Lindsay. Erm, one thing as I’ve been undertaking this research is I’ve found out that you’re, well you’re really busy on the network aren’t you? You’re really busy and you’ve got many roles through the Just A Ball Game? founder, the Bradford City LGBT+ Fan club co-founder and many others. If we can start chronologically, is it the 10th birthday of Just A Ball Game? this year?”
B “It will be, November 9th, 9/11, the official 9/11 if you want to see it like that. It just happened like that, I never really thought about that to begin with, it was just down to officially, yeah, we did launch Just A Ball Game? as a campaign organisation on the 9th of November 2010.”
A “And did I notice that it was originally going to be a more light hearted, Roberto Carlos’s Thighs?”
B “Yeah so it originally Just A Ball Game? existed as a blog, so early 2009 I was doing a lot of voluntary work for what was then LGF Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester, a couple of people I knew there were part of their North West Magazine editorial team and they wanted to touch on bits of sport cos they were interested in sport as well and it was something that was getting more and more prominence in the LGBT+ scene, not just in Manchester but across the country. There was probably something like 25-26 different LGBT+ sports teams at that time in Manchester and had all been running for some time. So there was enough to focus on there plus all the work that I’d been doing myself and it made sense to do something as a short column for the on-line magazine and also the printed magazine that they had. We got a great response from that and decided to set the blog up under the same name because yes the column in the Out North West Magazine was called Roberto Carlos’s Thighs and why not, if you’re gonna have a gay column about sport, why not, you know, he has got the best thighs in football, come on, at the end of the day.”
A “They could welly a ball as well couldn’t they?”
B “Yeah and he’s a great guy.”
FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE LINK: https://drive.google.com/file/d/104LDvcaBZzrZChe10nH75Oan7qtiokGi/view?usp=sharing
FOR MORE INFO ON THE FOOTBALL COLLECTIVE VISIT : https://www.facebook.com/TheFootballCollective/about/?ref=page_internal
Monday, August 31, 2020
Several months ago an online poll of 2,109 people by YouGov on behalf of the LGBT youth homelessness charity AKT (formerly known as the Albert Kennedy Trust) found a quarter of adults in the UK would not feel proud to have an LGBT+ child, as part of a new study.
They asked people how they would feel in a range of scenarios if they had a child who came out to them as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, other.
When respondents were asked whether they would “feel proud to have an LGBT child”, 26 per cent of those polled disagreed.
Less than half (46 per cent) of people surveyed agreed with the statement that they would feel proud to have a child who had come out.
We know that LGBT+ youth are disproportionately likely to experience homelessness, comprising as high as 40% of the total population of youth experiencing homelessness. LGBT+ and young people of colour reported twice the rate of homelessness compared to white LGBT+ youngsters.