Save the Date: Football v Homophobia Day
Save the date: 19 February, 2011 is the second annual Football v Homophobia day. Launched by The Justin Campaign, an organization named after Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay professional footballer in the English Premier League, the date is meant to serve internationally as an opportunity to celebrate diversity and speak out against homophobia in football. Last year on 19 February, football fans all over the world held events in celebration, from a rally arranged in Norwich, UK – where Justin made his football debut – to an LGBT Football Tournament in Mexico City.
The Justin Campaign was created in 2008 to honor the memory of Fashanu, who committed suicide in May 1998 after being plagued for years by the abuse he suffered after coming out. Today, as a voice for the LGBT football community, The Justin Campaign helps raise awareness of homophobia over the world. You can support The Justin Campaign and their mission by following them on twitter. Find out what you and your community can do for Football v Homophobia day by visiting their website. Let’s make Football v Homophobia 2011 bigger and better than ever.