Huddersfield Town is supporting an international campaign to combat homophobia.
The campaign, entitled ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) aims to unite fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against LGB&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) people in football.
FvH is endorsed and supported by The Football Association, Premier League, Football League, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers’ Association, and Kick It Out. FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game.
This culminates in an international show of support in February and March to raise awareness of the issue and to showcase new and existing work, in which tonight’s npower Championship game against Middlesbrough falls.
Yorkshire Terriers FC, a gay and lesbian football team based in Yorkshire, is attending tonight’s game to show support for the FvH campaign and the Club’s backing of it.
Andrew Johnson, Manager of Yorkshire Terriers FC, said:
“I respect and applaud any football team that makes a stand and supports the Football v Homophobia campaign. As a player that has been playing in a gay/gay friendly league, I am proud to represent the Yorkshire Terriers in such a campaign.”
Town’s Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens added:
“Huddersfield Town is proud to offer its support for this initiative. Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against LGB&T people in football is unacceptable and Huddersfield Town is committed to creating safe and inclusive football environments for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Together with FvH we will work to improve football for our LGB&T supporters, players and fans and to protect the right of everyone to participate and enjoy football.”
As with all forms of abuse or unacceptable behaviour, Huddersfield Town encourages fans to report any incidents in the stands that make our fans uncomfortable. If you hear anything that you believe qualifies as abusive behaviour, please contact our confidential report line on match days – phone or text 07741 528949, telling us which block and stand you are seated in.
The campaign features in tonight’s edition of Give Us An H, which is available online now – click HERE!