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University continues its support for eradicating homophobia in sport
13 June 2012
In order to tackle homophobia in the beautiful game, The Justin Campaign has been set up in the name of the former Nottingham Forest player and world’s first openly gay footballer Justin Fashanu.
The organisation now spearheads attempts to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions that exist around LGBT&Q (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning) people and work towards a future where the visibility of said people in football is both accepted and celebrated.
To support their work, staff at The University of Nottingham have organised the third annual Justin Campaign Nottingham Football Tournament, preceded by a free discussion event entitled Homophobia in Sport: Exploring the Challenge.
Taking place at Jubilee Campus from 10am-2pm on Friday 6 July, the discussion event will explore the challenges of combating homophobia in sport, the work already taking place to do so and the importance of this work during a year which features the London Olympics and Euro 2012.
The football tournament will then take place from 12pm-4pm on Saturday 7 July at The University of Nottingham Sports Centre on University Park. Open to teams from across the UK, the event will be opened by Professor Wyn Morgan, Director of Teaching and Learning at the University and closed by special guest Frank Clark, Chairman of Nottingham Forest FC.
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Max Biddulph, chair of the University’s LGBT&Q Staff Network said: “We are working with the Director of Events at the Justin Campaign and it means a great deal to us to be able to host this tournament again and to have the support of our workplace, The University of Nottingham.
“The Justin Campaign Tournament is a fun event aimed to promote acceptance and tolerance. By attending and joining in, participants can enjoy sport that is inclusive of everyone.”
He continued: “Unfortunately, homophobia in sport still exists, and this is demonstrated through homophobic chanting at matches and the fact that no professional player feels comfortable being ‘out’ in the game. However, initiatives such as the Justin Campaign work together with the FA to create a safe, welcoming space for LGBT&Q players and fans, and have made significant strides to reducing homophobia in the beautiful game.”
To book your place at the talk, please email lgbtq-staff-network [a] nottingham.ac (p) uk. To enter a team in the male or female football tournaments taking place on the following day, please email nottingham.events [a] thejustincampaign (p) com
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