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#InclusiveFootball

The SPFL season starts this weekend. 

For the fast few months we’ve been inviting football clubs from across the four SPFL leagues to sign up to our LGBT Sports Charter to make Scottish Football more inclusive to LGBT players, officials and supporters. We will be announcing the names of all the clubs who have signed up at the start of the SPFL season in just a few days time.

The Scottish LGBT Sports charter was developed by LGBT people and sports governing bodies to increase the participation and inclusion of LGBT people in Scottish sport. It sets out five principles in order to achieve that aim. More information on the charter is available here

So far half the SPFL Premiership has agreed to sign up, only one club from the Championship, two clubs from League 1 and two clubs from League 2.

We need your help – it only takes two minutes.

Despite sending letters and emails to clubs there are some clubs we haven’t heard from yet. We’re asking you to take two minutes to contact your local football club via social media to ask that they sign up. All the information you need to contact your club is below.

If you’re on Twitter you only have to click on your clubs twitter handle to be taken to a pre-written tweet ready for you to send.

If you’re on facebook clicking on the link will take you to your clubs facebook page where you post a message. An example post would be “As a fan of {insert club} I’d really like you to sign up to the Scottish LGBT sports charter in order to better include LGBT people in the game. More information is available at www.equality-network.org/sport”.

Club Twitter Facebook
Aberdeen @AberdeenFC AberdeenFootballClub
Celtic @CelticFC CelticFC
Dundee @DundeeFConline dundeefcofficial
Hamilton Accies @AcciesFC HamiltonAcciesFCOfficial
Hearts @JamTarts OfficialHeartofMidlothianFC
Hibernian @HibsOfficial HibernianFootballClubOfficial
Kilmarnock @OfficialKillie officialkillie
Motherwell @MotherwellFC motherwellfc
Partick Thistle @ThistleTweet partickthistlefc
Rangers @RangersFC rangersfc
Ross County @RCFCStaggies rosscountyfootballclub
St Johnstone @St_Johnstone_FC stjohnstonefootballclub

Club Twitter Facebook
Brechin City @BrechinCityFC BrechinCityFc
Dumbarton @Dumbartonfc Dumbarton-Football-Club
Dundee United @dundeeunitedfc dundeeunitedfc
Dunfermline @officialdafc officialdafc
Falkirk @falkirkbairns falkirkfootballclub
Inverness CT @HibsOfficial HibernianFootballClubOfficial
Livingston @ICTFC ICTFC
Morton @Morton_FC OfficialMortonFC
Queen of South @OfficialQosFC officialqosfc
St Mirren @saintmirrenfc Stmirrenfc

Club Twitter Facebook
Airdrieonians @AirdrieoniansFC airdriefc
Albion Rovers @albionrovers AlbionRoversOfficial
Alloa Athletic @AlloaAthleticFC None Available
Arbroath @LichtiesNews ArbroathFootballClub
Ayr United @AyrUnitedFC Official-Ayr-United-FC-Page
East Fife @EastFifeFC EastFifeFC
Forfar Athletic @ForfarAthletic forfarathletic
Queen’s Park @queensparkfc QueensParkFootballClub
Raith Rovers @RaithRovers_FC raithroversfc
Stranraer @StranraerFC stranraerfc

Club Twitter Facebook
Annan Athletic @AnnanAthleticFC AnnanAthleticFc
Berwick Rangers @OfficialBRFC BerwickRangers
Clyde @ClydeFC ClydeFC
Cowdenbeath @CowdenbeathFC CowdenbeathFootballClub
Edinburgh City @EdinburghCityFC OfficialEdinburghCityFC
Elgin City @ElginCityFC elgincityfc
Montrose @Official_MFC MontroseFC
Peterhead @pfcofficial peterheadfc
Stenhousemuir @StenhousemuirFC stenhousemuirfc
Stirling Albion @Stirling_Albion stirlingalbionfc

If you’re wondering why we’re asking clubs to make a commitment to LGBT inclusive football you only have to look at the results of our Out for Sport Report we published a few years ago. When we asked LGBT people which sport had the biggest problems with homophobia and transphobia football was by far the biggest response. There can be no doubt that what happens in the national game has a huge influence in Scotland.

You can find out more about the Out for Sport research at: www.equality-network.org/sport

Football fan?

Scottish Football Fans Activist Training is an exciting new training programme as part of Football v Homophobia Scotland. The training is arranged by our friends at LEAP Sports Scotland and will be co-delivered by partners Pride in Football in conjunction with Equality Network and Proud Dons, Scotland’s first LGBT football fan group.

The training will take place on Saturday 12th August from 10.30am – 4pm at the home of Scottish football Hampden Park. To attend please fill in this application form.

 

We think the best people to make football more inclusive are the fans themselves, clubs care about their fans and fans care about their clubs. That’s why we hope that LGBTI fans will sign up, and that clubs will take some time out to listen to their LGBTI fans.

2016/17 Season

In a message published in all of the SPFL matchday programmes, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) fans have been welcomed on the first day of the new 2016/2017 season. The advert is a joint initiative between the Equality Network, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and is supported by SPFL title sponsor Ladbrokes.

We want to send the message loud and clear that LGBTI fans, players and officials are welcome in Scottish football, and that we are working together for a more inclusive game. We don’t yet have any openly LGBTI professional players in the men’s professional game in Scotland but we know there are plenty of LGBTI fans, so we want to put out the welcome mat and encourage fans to help remove any barriers, so that footballing talent is welcome to come out in future.

Hala Ousta, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the Scottish Football Association said, “The Scottish Football Association is committed to ensuring football is accessible to all and we support this initiative to welcome all supporters. We want to create an inclusive environment and ensure all are treated fairly and will be working with groups such as the Equality Network to support our work towards better diversity and inclusion.”

David Macdonald of Ladbrokes said, “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative to reinforce our view that Scottish football is, and always will be, open to all fans who love the sport as much as we do”.

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The adverts feature in the programmes of the Hearts v Celtic; Kilmarnock v Motherwell; Partick Thistle v Inverness CT; Rangers v Hamilton Accies; Ross County v Dundee matches on Saturday 6th August and the St Johnstone v Aberdeen match on Sunday 7th August.

There are two things you can do:

  • Encourage your football club to sign up to the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter. The charter was launched at Hampden Park last year as a tool to better include LGBT people in Scottish Sport. You can find out more about who has signed so far here.
  • Sign up to help support you club to become more inclusive and welcoming to LGBTI fans, players and officials. You can do this on the form below.
  • SPFL clubs in alphabetical order.
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