17th January 2014
Comment: What would happen if a gay premiership star came out and continued playing football? 5
7:16 PM — Following the recent decision of retired player Thomas Hitzlsperger to come out as gay, Stonewall FC footballer and employment lawyer Jamie Feldman looks at the potential ramifications of a current gay premiership star coming out and staying in the game.
10th January 2014
Footballer Robbie Rogers: I was left ‘scarred’ by homophobic language at school 3
4:43 PM — US footballer Robbie Rogers says he was left “scarred” hearing homophobic language at school, meaning he felt unable to be open about his sexuality until last year.
9th January 2014
NBA star John Amaechi: Football will always be ‘toxic’ towards gay players with Sepp Blatter in charge 5
1:35 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is presiding over a 'toxic' atmosphere in football when it comes to gay players, says retired basketball star John Amaechi.
Thomas Hitzlsperger: There’s ‘a long way to go’ before a premiership star comes out and continues playing 11
10:49 AM — Ex-premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is "a long way to go" before there will be an openly gay man playing in top league football.
8th January 2014
Aston Villa fan David Cameron: I admire Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 8
6:46 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated former premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out as gay.
Minister for Sport: Great that Thomas Hitzlsperger is out but homophobia causes too many to hide 6
4:47 PM — Minister for Sport and Equalities Helen Grant has praised former West Ham and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
6th January 2014
Comment: The FA has a serious job of building trust with LGBT people 8
12:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts says the FA owes the LGBT community an apology for appointing Michael Johnson to its Inclusion Advisory Board - because of the ex-footballer's previous anti-gay comments.
3rd January 2014
Comment: FA appointing player who said gays are ‘detestable’ shows we have a long road to equality 8
5:59 PM — The Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, Ed Fordham, writes for PinkNews.co.uk on how the appointment of Michael Johnson as the FA's new equality adviser - despite previously making homophobic comments - shows the path to full LGBT equality has a long way to travel.
Bournemouth fan evicted for making anti-gay chants during Brighton match 4
1:59 PM — A Bournemouth football fan ended up being evicted from Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium due to alleged homophobic chanting.
2nd December 2013
Leeds United promotes gay equality through Stonewall’s diversity programme 2
4:39 PM — Leeds United is the first football club in Britain to take part in Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme to promote greater equality in the sport.
25th November 2013
Scotland: Gay football referee claims he was axed for speaking out against homophobia 2
2:05 PM — A gay football referee claims he was expelled after speaking out against homophobic abuse.
1st October 2013
Spokesman for Hibernian footballer Fraser Mullen says anti-gay tweet was a ‘mistake’ 27
1:19 PM — A spokesman for Hibernian footballer Fraser Mullen says it was a "mistake" of him to make a homophobic remark on Twitter.
30th September 2013
Football fans ejected after anti-gay chants in Brighton V Ipswich match 5
12:45 PM — Three Brighton and Hove Albion football fans were ejected from Ipswich’s Portman Road stadium at the weekend after trouble flared over homophobic taunts by rival fans.
27th September 2013
Gay footballer Anton Hysen: I get calls from footballers who want to come out 20
7:47 PM — Gay footballer Anton Hysen says he's had a number of phone calls from anonymous footballers who want to come out.
20th September 2013
Stonewall dismisses criticism of Paddy Power rainbow laces campaign 21
3:55 PM — Stonewall has dismissed criticism regarding its campaign against homophobia in football after several Premier League clubs said they wouldn’t be able to support it because of the involvement of Paddy Power.
Manchester United, Spurs and Norwich can’t support rainbow laces campaign due to Paddy Power 35
11:06 AM — Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham and Norwich, have refused to back the rainbow laces project because they believe it amounts to an advertising campaign for bookmaker Paddy Power.
19th September 2013
Critics warn ‘Right Behind Gay Footballers’ slogan relies on ‘innuendo’ about gay sex 36
2:07 PM — The “Right Behind Gay Footballers” campaign by Stonewall and Paddy Power is relying on "sexualised innuendo and stereotypes about gay men" – according to the group Football v Homophobia.
Gary Lineker to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces on Match of the Day 5
12:34 PM — Gary Lineker has requested a pair of rainbow laces so he can wear them on Saturday night's Match of the Day in support of a campaign against homophobia in football.
18th September 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas backs rainbow laces anti-homophobia in football campaign 1
5:16 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas is supporting a new campaign against homophobia in football, which encourages professional footballers to wear rainbow laces on their boots.
17th September 2013
Joey Barton: ‘The bureaucrats in football aren’t taking homophobia seriously’ 8
11:39 AM — QPR midfielder Joey Barton says the “bureaucrats” in football have been guilty of not taking a tough enough stance against homophobia.