The campaign so far

09.09.10Football v Homophobia 2011

Dear all. I wanted to share with you The Justin Campaign's excitement regarding Football v Homophobia 2011. Today was one of the many planning meetings around Football v Homophobia and as usual some real pioneering ideas were both discussed and agreed upon! The Justin Campaign’s focus will be on education for Football v Homophobia 2011.

Our team are currently working on a teaching resource to be distributed throughout schools nationally. This resource includes a film looking at the reality of gay and bisexual men in football and also a lesson plan that aims to empower teachers in encouraging open and honest discussion around the visibility of gay and bisexual players at a grassroots and professional level and also to raise awareness on the problem of homophobia in the sport.

As promised in our recently published consultation last month, we are doing everything possible this year to ensure that the initiative remains accessible for all. I would love to tell you all about our plans now but the unveiling of them later this month is worth the wait, I promise.

Our membership for the Football v Homophobia facebook group is now at 1050. The team and I would like to double this number by February 2011. If you do anything today, please invite your friends to join the facebook group and let’s ensure that Football v Homophobia is once again observed internationally next year!

Thanks for all your support!

26.08.10Football v Homophobia Consultation

A “Football v Homophobia” consultation was arranged to establish whether the majority were satisfied with the overall concept of the initiative and also whether the date of the initiative suited those who wished to take part.

We received enormous support throughout 2009/10 in the lead up to the launch of “Football v Homophobia” and the consultation results have only reinforced that support. Your comments and suggestions have been incredibly useful in helping us to understand how we can continue to ensure that this initiative remains accessible to everyone and is, above all, influential in impacting on the problem of homophobia in football on a global scale.

17.08.10All-Stars Play At 2010 Gay Games

2010 Gay Games

The Justin Fashanu All-Stars continued their hectic summer schedule with a memorable appearance at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, which took place from July 31st to August 7th.

The All-Stars, re-named the Justin Fashanu Friends Prague for the competition on account of the large contingent of players from the Czech capital, started the football tournament well, picking up seven points from their first three games which included victories over Halo Pony and Village Manchester. However, three straight defeats followed which promptly ended any hopes of the All-Stars earning themselves a place in the quarter-finals. That mixed bag of results placed the All-Stars fifth in their group. However, two further play-off games would determine their overall position in the Second Division of the competition. A penalty shoot-out defeat to the London Titans was followed by a comfortable 3-0 win against Devil’s Triangles, results which gave the All-Stars a creditable 19th place finish (out of 28 sides). This performance was all the more impressive considering that, in comparison to many of the well-drilled and experienced sides taking part, the All-Stars players had only met some 20 hours earlier.

Overall, the All-Stars were delighted and honoured to participate in such an uplifting and inspiring event. From the incredible opening ceremony at the RheinEnergieStadion, home of Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln, to an emotional closing finale at the Tanzbrunnen, the event was a truly memorable experience for all those who donned the famous pink shirts of the All-Stars.

If you are interested in joining the Justin Fashanu All-Stars. Please contact us at info@thejustincampaign.com.

12.06.10Alternative World Cup

On Saturday June 12th, The Justin Fashanu All-Stars will be participating in Brighton’s very own Alternative World Cup. Organised by local residents including members of the Cowley Club, a collectively run social centre situated on the London Road, the six-a-side event is taking place at the Manor Road Gym from 11am to 4pm. Eight men’s and eight women’s teams have been invited to play, with sides from all over the country taking part under the banner of anti-discrimination and anti-fascism.

The 2010 Alternative World Cup is a follow on from a similar tournament held last December, which was organised by Bristol team the Eastern Cowboys. The festivities kick off on Friday night at the Cowley Club, where the draw for the competition will take place, along with a table football competition.

After the tournament, a BBQ will be held at the Coachwerks community arts space in Hollingdean, where the England v USA World Cup game will be shown on a big screen. To round things off, on the Sunday, there will be a picnic on Hove Lawns from midday onwards.

02.05.10Justin Fashanu Day

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On Saturday 2nd May 2010, The Justin Fashanu All-Stars football team took part in a four-a-side tournament organised by Brighton & Hove Albion FC, as part of the Justin Campaign’s weekend celebrations for Justin Fashanu Day. Fashanu, the only openly gay professional football player, died on Sunday May 2 in 1998.
The four-a-side tournament was organised by the ‘Albion In The Community’ project as part of its Outreach programme, which supports disadvantaged young people in Africa and Asia.

The All-Stars were eliminated in the knockout stages. However, their presence at the tournament, on such an important weekend, was another positive step in the campaign’s fight to rid the beautiful game of homophobia.

On Sunday, the campaign also joined Stonewall’s 10k Equality Walk in Brighton, where campaign members, joined by Fashanu’s niece, Amal Fashanu, handed out stickers and flyers, both highlighting the continuing issue of homophobia in football while also celebrating the life of Britain’s first black million pound gay footballer.

The Justin Fashanu All-Stars are always looking for players who can represent them in the numerous tournaments they play all over the world.

"It is important for us to remember Justin. His courage to be who he was in such a hostile industry shows us that we too can be open about ourselves. Justin Fashanu shone a light in a very dark and barren place."

Jason Hall, founding director of The Justin Campaign

29.04.10Hate crime DVD launch

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Taking place at Preston Northend FC, Preston & Western Lancashire Race Equality Council launched an emotive DVD that looks at the reality of hate crime and how it can have horrific consequences for individuals and communities.
The Equality Council invited The Justin Campaign to attend the event and Darren Ollerton addressed the attendees on homophobia in football and how failing to address the issue both in the stadium and at a grassroots level is having very serious consequences in wider society. If homophobia and biphobia are not seen to be tackled properly in our national game, what kind of message are we sending to our youth?
Other speakers included Chief Superintendent Tim Jaques from Preston Police and his Honour Judge Russell QC, Recorder of Preston.
As part of the filming of the DVD, the Equality Council involved two youth community football groups, Preston United (a largely black & Asian team) and Fleetwood Gym (a largely white team). They came together at Preston Northend FC to be filmed for the DVD and then went on to play a game of football. Since then, the two clubs have forged a strong relationship, building links and overcoming barriers. To recognise this, two Preston Northend players, Sean St Ledger and Darren Carter, were presented with a trophy on the day.

19.02.10Football v Homophobia

On February 19th 2010, The Justin Campaign launched Football v Homophobia – An international day opposing homophobia in football, which provided an opportunity for individuals, communities and teams the world over to communicate their disapproval of homophobia in football and celebrate football’s diverse following under the banner of Football v Homophobia.


Our aim
  • To raise the participation of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people in football at a grassroots level

  • To foster an environment where professional football players can feel comfortable being open about their sexuality

  • To engage with youth and adults through the use of sport and academia with the aim of eliminating discrimination and prejudice against LGBT people

  • To work strategically with partners to influence government, policy makers and statutory services to promote healthy lifestyles and well being among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people

  • To creatively challenge the negative stereotypes that surround LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people

  • To actively challenge by any civil means any form of prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation