Are you a football fan? Can you help make Scottish football more inclusive to LGBTI people?
We’re looking for LGBTI people to support the clubs they love to become more LGBTI inclusive, and we’re looking for Clubs to sign up to our LGBT Sports Charter.
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. You can sign up on the form at the bottom of this page.
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 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”.
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.