Notts County are backing the FvH month in February…
Football v Homophobia (FvH) takes place every year in February. It is an international campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) people in football. The aim of FvH is to make football safe and welcoming for everyone.
Prejudice and discrimination in football affects us all, not just LGBT people. Justin Fashanu, the first ever out gay male professional footballer suffered homophobic bullying and hostility after his sexual orientation became public, but so too did heterosexual footballers such as Graeme Le Saux and Sol Campbell.
Lifelong supporter Steve Grocock has been delighted with the club's backing and hopes the message is spread throughout the Football League this month.
He told the Official Site: "I am supporting football v homophobia during February as a gay football fan.
"To quote FvH, 'we are an international initiative opposing homophobia in football at all levels – from grassroots to professional clubs'.
"FvH want football clubs to take a clear stand against homophobia, Much the same was as Football v Racism has done in recent campaigns. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beautiful game and social aspects that surrounds supporting your club. Without discrimination on gender identity and sexual orientation.
"During February I will be working on things like this, trying to get recognition for FvH on local and social media.
"I also hope to attend the FvH conference in Manchester on the 15th Feb as a Nottingham representative."