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Manchester: Football fans gather for anti-homophobia conference

August 19, 2013

A Tory MP is aiming to make homophobic chanting at football matches illegal

An international conference on homophobia in football has taken place in Manchester.

Supporters from 29 countries across Europe attended the Football Fans v Homophobia (FvH) event on Mount Street over the weekend.

It aims to “celebrate the involvement of gay and lesbian fans and reinforce a zero-tolerance message against discrimination.”

Delegates participated in a range of discussions and workshops on issues such as “Education or Regulation – Affecting Culture Change in Football”, “Transphobia & the Experience of Transgender Fans” and “The Role of LGBT Fans Groups.”

Earlier this month, the Professional Footballers’ Association announced a new action plan on tackling homophobia in the football league, requiring participation from all professional players and clubs.

Louise Englefield, from FvH said: “The LGBT community has a large contingent of football supporters whose concerns on homophobia are often ignored.

“As the first major gathering of supporters on this issue, both LGBT and allies, this is a huge event for the LGBT community in football.”

She added: “It is fitting that it takes place on the day the most high-profile league in world football kicks off its season.”

More: conference, England, football, Homophobia, homophobia in football, Manchester

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