Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

UK Channel 4 report on homophobia in football

From Channel 4, a report featuring Stonewall FC, a member of FGG member organization IGLFA:

As the Football Association launches its strategy to combat homophobia, David Fuller asks why there is still so much resistance to gay footballers in the professional game.

Stonewall FC are probably the world's best gay football team - and they are on the front line of the battle against homophobia in football.

Today is their biggest match of the season so far: a cup quarterfinal.

Racism has filled the headlines, with several high-profile incidents leading to Prime Minister David Cameron calling a Downing Street summit later this week.

But for many campaigners, homophobia in football is a much bigger problem - and a fight that has barely begun.

However, as the Football Association launches its strategy to tackle homophobia in the wider game, Stonewall FC see their story as proof that attitudes can change.

Anti-homophobia strategy

In the past the FA has been accused of not taking homophobia seriously enough. This week's strategy launch was meant to happen two years ago. Campaigners have accused the FA of getting cold feet.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has been working with the FA for 10 years, and says the association has not come up with enough concrete proposals to counter homophobia.

The FA disagrees. It says it has all the main gay rights groups fully behind its proposals.

'Stay in the closet'

It was black players that helped defeat racism on the terraces in the 80s. So are we any nearer to seeing gay footballers come out?

Publicist Max Clifford says he knows some gay footballers – and he would advise them to stay in the closet.

As a warning, gay players have the cautionary tale of the first "out" gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, who was bullied over his sexuality and later killed himself.

Most involved in this debate say they are aware of footballers who are out to teammates and those close to them. But what stops them coming out publicly is the reaction of the fans.

Even those on the front line think it would not be possible for a Premier League player to come out. Stonewall's Jamie Feldman admits he would stay in the closet if he was a professional footballer.

Gay footballers and fans hope to win eventually. But they know it will be a long, hard season.

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