BSC Glasgow Supports Football v Homophobia
This month is the international month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and BSC Glasgow FC are proud to lend our support to the campaign. FvH is a campaign uniting fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in all aspects of football.
The FA, Premier League and Football League back their work and year round, FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in the sport, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game. This culminates in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue and to showcase new and existing work. As we're playing away from home for the month of February, we will be marking the campaign in our next home game versus East Kilbride on March 4th.
Club Secretary George Fraser said: "Football should be an enjoyable experience for both players and fans, affording the opportunity to come together and share in the sport that we all love. We want everyone to feel part of the BSC Family and are delighted to support Football v Homophobia's work."
Homophobia and LGBT discrimination has long been an issue in football. In 1990 the first professional football player in the UK to come out as gay, Justin Fashanu, had an intense struggle with his sexuality and how it was received in the game. More recently we have seen Robbie Rogers come out. Robbie retired briefly when he made the announcement about his sexuality. But now, following massive support from players and fans alike, he has returned to the game to play for LA Galaxy. Former Premier League player Thomas Hitzlsperger has also recently come out as gay and both Rogers and Hitzlsperger have spoken about the challenge of being gay and professional footballers, and the impact that anti-gay jokes and language can have on confidence and self-esteem.
The comments of SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay, the head of the English FA and the alarming findings of a BBC survey that around 8% of football fans would stop supporting their team if they signed a gay player, shows that the world of football still has a long way to go to embrace diversity. With that in mind, we are proud to support FvH and the work that they do in our game.