FOOTBALL FOR EVERYONE
LET’S MAKE FOOTBALL
WELCOMING OF LGBT+ PEOPLE
THINK ABOUT THE LANGUAGE YOU USE
Some language used to target opposition players or make fun of team
mates can affect the mental health of LGBT+ people and make them and
their friends feel put down.
Saying someone is ‘gay’, ‘queer’, a ‘faggot’ (or any other anti-LGBT+ term)
just because they do something wrong on a football pitch or are having a
bad game is offensive and disrespectful to LGBT+ people, even if it
doesn’t target them individually.
Using gender as a way to abuse people is also wrong. Saying men are
‘playing like girls’ or ‘like women’ not only offends women and girls, but
can also make LGBT+ people feel uncomfortable too. Calling women and
girls who are involved in football ‘lesbians’ or ‘men’ as a term of abuse is
stereotyping and offensive.
CHALLENGE ANTI-LGBT LANGUAGE & BEHAVIOUR
If you feel safe, always challenge language or behaviour that puts LGBT+
people down. Remember, saying nothing only allows prejudice and
discrimination to get worse.
Targeting people because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or
gender identity is against the law and against the Rules of the Game. You
can report any anti-LGBT+ behaviour in grassroots football via your County
FA or via Kick It Out by:
- Calling 0800 169 9414 (freephone)
- Downloading the app for your android or apple device
- Visiting the website www.kickitout.org
- Tweeting @kickitout or @kickitoutreport
- Sending a private message to www.facebook.com/kickitoutofficial/
Find out more at www.footballvhomophobia.com