What’s next for LGBTIQ+ Rights and Football?

24 February 2021

The Fare v Homophobia conference (24-25 February) will take place as part of the Football v Homophobia month of action and examine sport’s role in countering LGBTIQ+ exclusion.

Across two afternoons, the online conference will celebrate the role of LGBTIQ+ people in sport and examine what more football can and should be doing to fight discrimination. Sessions will explore the pressing issues affecting LGBTIQ+ rights, including how mega events can move beyond the rainbow and affect long-lasting change, how queer leadership can bring about greater representation on and off the pitch, as well as sport’s policing of women’s bodies and much more.

The line-up of 30 speakers from over 15 countries will include:

  • Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality;
  • Malin Björk, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup;
  • Johanna Wood, President, New Zealand Football, FIFA Council member and leading light in the FIFA Womens World Cup 2023
  • Klara Bjartmarz, General Secretary, Iceland FA;
  • Kelly Simmons, Director of Women’s Professional Football at the English FA;
  • Pernille Harder, Chelsea and Danish International;
  • Ryan Russell, NFL Defensive End;
  • Anita Asante, Aston Villa, Former England international;
  • Alex Kay-Jelski, Editor-in-Chief, The Athletic;
  • Jon Holmes, Sports Media LGBT+;
  • Dawn Ennis, Outsports US;
  • Lianne Sanderson, Pundit, Former England international;
  • Hugh Torrance, Pride House International;
  • Suzi Andreis, Chrzaszczyki SC;
  • Natalie Washington, Football v Transphobia;
  • and many more!

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