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August 23, 2013

Gay rights campaigners say making homophobia as unacceptable as racism is a step towards an environment where gay players will be able to come out

Homophobic British football fans are being warned they will face prosecution under new police guidelines.

For the first time, anti-gay slurs are being included in a Crown Prosecution Service policy in soccer-related offences.

Police say including homophobic abuse in its ‘refreshed’ policy will make anti-gay chants as ‘unacceptable’ as racism.

So not only at matches, where many LGBT fans have complained of a homophobic environment, but police will also look to tackle online abuse in football forums.

June 14, 2013

Gay football fans are fearing they will be arrested, beaten up or even deported if they travel to the World Cups 2018 and 2022

International soccer association FIFA may suspend the anti-gay laws in Russia and Qatar during the World Cup.

Gay football fans are fearing they will be arrested, beaten up or even deported if they visit Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

A top soccer pundit has claimed the President of FIFA is planning to ensure any gay tourist or footballer will be protected from homophobic laws.

May 29, 2013

As Robbie Rogers becomes one of the biggest names in global gay sport, a survey has revealed a high percentage of football fans find homophobia unacceptable

As Robbie Rogers takes to the pitch to become the biggest gay name in US professional football, a new survey has found four in five British soccer fans find homophobia unacceptable.

Tackling Discrimination, a survey conducted by soccer's equality and inclusion campaign group Kick It Out, found 84% of fans across the country say it is important to do more to tackle homophobic abuse.

Of the 5000 participants, 87% believed homophobic discrimination and abuse is unacceptable.

May 8, 2013

Eight professional football players in the UK have come out as gay to their teammates but are too afraid to tell the public

Britain is a step closer to having an openly gay player in its national sport – soccer.

That’s according to Chris Basiurski, chairman of the UK’s Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN).

It comes after some in the media belatedly picked up a story Gay Star News covered last year – where Clarke Carlisle, chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, revealed eight players had told him they were gay.

March 19, 2013

A team of Gay Football Supporters Network soccer players faced off against a squad of House of Commons MPs in a bid to promote equality in sport

A lineup made up of some of the best players in gay and gay-friendly soccer in the UK has triumphed over a team of members of parliament.

The friendly match was held on Tuesday morning (19 March) in London, organized on the one-year anniversary of the Football Association launching their anti-homophobia campaign 'Opening Doors and Joining In'.

The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) squad, who wore Stonewall ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ t-shirts, won 3-1, leading the game early in the first half.

February 1, 2013

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found three in five believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast

Most pro football players would welcome a gay teammate and some say the first soccer star to come out would make a fortune.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 62% believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football such as racism, drugs, and depression.

October 25, 2012

Gay campaign group worries media storm over Kick It Out drive will mean homophobia and transphobia neglected in British game

Campaigners fighting against racism in British football are being urged not to neglect homophobia and transphobia in their Kick It Out drive.

Campaign group Kick It Out started its annual anti-racism drive on 18 October, running until 29 October, with players traditionally wearing T-shirts as a show of support.

Several players made headlines this week, including Jason Roberts and brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand, after refusing to wear the T-shirt until more is done to address racism in football.

July 26, 2012

Gay soccer organizer Chris Basiurski helps carry Olympic torch through London

Gay Football Supporters Network chair Chris Basiurski was cheered today (26 July) as he kissed his boyfriend before carrying the Olympic torch through London.

He told the crowd he was going to marry his partner, James, next year.

Earlier in the day comedy gay icons Eddie and Patsy of TV show Absolutely Fabulous also became torch bearers.

But the honor has also been given to a few LGBT campaigners.

March 19, 2012

Chairman of  the London's gay rugby team, Tim Sullivan, and chair of Gay Football Supporter's Network, Chris Basiurski, selected from over 37,000 nominations for London 2012 glory

Tim Sullivan, chairman of London's gay rugby team King's Cross Steelers, and Chris Basiurski, chair of Gay Football Supporters' Network (GFSN), have been selected to carry the Olympic torch in the London 2012 torch relay.

Both athletes have been actively involved in London-based gay sports teams for many years.

February 2, 2012

Clubs pledge to tackle LGBT discrimination on and off the pitch

Today, all Premier League football clubs will voluntarily sign-up to the government's Charter Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The clubs will pledge their commitment to tackling abuse of LGBT people both on and off the pitch.

The four-point government backed charter aims to stamp out discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all sports and make sport a more welcoming environment for gay, bisexual and transgender people.