Third Footballer this Year Charged over Homophobic Tweet

A third professional footballer has found himself in trouble over homophobic tweets just half-way through the second month of 2012. Following Oxford United’s sacking of  Lee Steele over a homophobic tweet regarding LGBT History Month patron Gareth Thomas and Leicester City fining Michael Ball ditto Anthony Cotton, West Ham’s new signing  Ravel Morrison has been charged following a tweet in which he …

What's it like to be gay, lesbian or bisexual in school today? Stonewall wants to know

A new survey by Stonewall seeks students’ views on what it is like to be queer at school. The ‘Speak Out’ survey for LGB young people aged 11 to 19 is up and live. Five years on from their ground-breaking research The School Report Stonewall is once again calling on lesbian, gay and bisexual young people to say what life’s like …

Let's Hear it for Hip-Hop

Hip Hop can be a liberating factor for LGBT people and there’s nothing wrong with lovin ‘it, according to journo and LGB rights campaigner Gary Nunn. Whilst acknowledging that some hip-hop lyrics are notoriously homophobic (and sexist), Nunn says he is a fan of the genre and for the most parts it’s about grass roots liberation. He also quotes fellow …

Elton John calls for an end to homophobia on World AIDS Day

Elton John, singer songwriter and probably the most famous same sex parent in the world, as well as being the founder of the Elton John AIDS federation, clearly linked homophobia with the AIDS epidemic in an article written on World AIDS Day. In the article, written for the Huffington Post, Sir Elton said: “Working together, I believe my little son Zachary and …

3-year Ban for Homophobic Fan

A Southampton supporter who chanted homophobic abuse has received a three-year football banning order. Joseph Webb committed the offence at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium during the Championship game with Brighton and Hove Albion on 19 November. Webb, 26, of Field Close, Romsey, admitted at Southampton Magistrates’ Court to a charge under the Public Order Act. He was also fined £100 …

Wycombe Wanderers Sign the Charter

Wycombe Wanderers has become the first professional club in England to sign a Government Charter committing themselves to tackling homophobia and transphobia in football. Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted the club after Wanderers signed up to the Government Charter for Action, which commits them to challenging discrimination and working to rid sport of homophobic and transphobic abuse. Blues’ PFA representative …

Ex-Chelsea Elliott: Let's tackle Homophobia in Football

Retired leading professional footballer Paul Elliott has said homophobia is the next battle in football. In an interview with Metro, Elliott, who eschewed a possible coaching career to campaign for equal rights in sport, compares the situation for gay players with the situation for black players 25 years ago: “…we got abuse. It was hard to speak out; we were told to shut up and put up …

Critically acclaimed student film breaks new boundaries

At the end of June, the year 10 Creative and Media Diploma students of 2011 had the premiere of their film “Homophobia – Our Closeted Education”. The film received an outstanding response and was said to be one of the most professional films made by students. This was an amazing collaboration between The Magna Carta School, The Creative and Media …

No Gay Blood in Ulster

Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has come under heavy pressure to lift the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood. Mr Poots said this week that he would not bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the country because of fears around HIV transmission. The health minister, who says he is “an opponent of the …

Minister Seeks to 'Rid' Western Ghana of 'Homosexuals'

Ghana’s Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the country’s west. Aidooo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals. “All efforts are being made to …