Homophobia in sports, and especially football, is often a topic of conversation. But the news is filled at the moment with talk of the FA banning an old football chant – known as ‘rent boy’.
The FA (The Football Association) have informed all clubs that it considers this chant to be a breach of the rules – as it’s offensive to the LGBTQ2+ community.
But why is this such an important step for sports and young football fans?
This blog will cover:
- LGBTQ2+ stigmas and homophobia
- The meaning behind the ban and chant
- Homophobia in sports
- The importance of battling this for young people
- How our Make Life Kind movement can help
LGBTQ2+ Stigmas & Homophobia
Hate isn’t born – it’s learnt.
Homophobia often comes from preconceived ideas about people in the LGBTQ2+ community, where children as they grow up have heard offensive language and terms used in their home, classroom, or community – and take it as truth or “normal”.
Celebrating LGBTQ2+ identities in school and beyond is so important for inclusivity!
What’s going on with the FA chant ban?
During the Manchester United VS Everton match on the 6th january, supporters were heard using anti-gay language towards Everton‘s former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during his team’s 3-1 FA Cup loss at Manchester United.
England’s football governing body said:
“We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the UK Football Policing Unit, in relation to the use of this term… Part of our work in this area has been to provide the relevant authorities with impact statements from LGBTQ+ supporters, detailing how chants of this nature affects their experience and feeling of inclusion at football matches, so that a clearer stance and understanding on the chant can be established.”
Read more about the FA’s stance on discrimination here: https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/inclusion-and-anti-discrimination/tackling-homophobia
The FA seem to be tackling homophobia and promoting LGBTQ2+ inclusion in some senses – but more can always be done. Banning one chant from football matches is a great step forward… but what about the other stigmas and stereotypes that come with the LGBTQ2+ community in sports?
Homophobia in Sports
GAYTIMES revealed that 30% of football fans admit that they would find two men kissing at a football match uncomfortable.
The survey also found that football grounds are still challenging environments for the LGBTQ community, with a third (33%) of fans saying they believe LGBTQ supporters weren’t made to feel welcome and accepted at matches.
This is just a few examples from a single study on homophobia in sports. Clearly showing how much more needs to be done!
Not only is it homophobic abuse within the groups of fans, but also between the players… something that needs fighting!
The Importance of battling stigmas for young people
Raising awareness around the homophobic stigmas in football, and outlining when usual traditions are wrong, outdated and offensive – is key to showing those young people that are fans, or children of older football fans that it’s important to tackle these stigmas.
Sports is a great thing for young people to involve themselves in, and can be a real positive influence on their physical and mental health – as well as creating a powerful social space for them. But if anti-gay slurs and comments are constantly being used – this will impact their experience and encourage more children to grow up with warped ideas about diversity and inclusion.
How we can help… book our LGBTQ2+ speaker for your students!
Need help fighting LGBTQ2+ stigmas in your school? Book Charlie Butcher, Our LGBTQ2+ Speaker & Ambassador now!
Charlie is one of our School Speakers (AKA Milkfluencers) who are on a mission to fight stigmas and drive diversity & wellness awareness into the education sector and beyond!
Read about them here…
Charlie bravely transitioned whilst he was in secondary school. Having been through his journey at a young age, he understands the complex relationship between LGBTQ2+ matters and mental health and wants to erase the stigma in the younger generations about people within the LGBTQ+ community.
He is an ideal mentor for students and educator for teachers.
Charlie’s sessions can help:
- Young people within the LGBTQ2+ community
- Teachers that could benefit from training
- Students who have been victim to bullying/the bullies
Meet him on episode 2 of our podcast…
Sessions like Charlie’s, and the rest of our Milkfluencer’s sessions, could significantly impact a school’s stance or perception of LGBTQ+ issues and stigmas – and could help open up conversations at school. As well as helping young people understand the theme of identity and question the beliefs of their close ones / community.
There should be no reason why these stigmas aren’t dealt with in schools in today’s climate – and that’s why it’s so important to implement sessions and educate the pupils, and staff, on inclusivity and awareness for transgender students and other members of the community.
Drop us a call to discuss how we can help you fight stigmas: 0333 360 1110 Or email email@example.com