Blues backing the campaign at tonight's game with Hartlepool United
From February onwards, Southend United is putting its weight behind an international campaign to combat homophobia.
The campaign, entitled ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) aims to unite fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against LGB&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) people in football.
FvH is endorsed and supported by The FA, Premier League, Football League, PFA, League Managers' Association, and Kick It Out.
FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game.
This has culminated in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue and to showcase new and existing work.
We are proud to offer their support for this initiative. Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against LGB&T people in football is unacceptable and the club are committed to creating safe and inclusive football environments for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Together with FvH we will work to improve football for our LGB&T supporters, players and fans and to protect the right of everyone to participate.
Marketing Manager Ryan Murrant said: "We want everyone to feel included at our club and enjoy their football.
"We think the Football v Homophobia campaign is a great message and a way to communicate that we don’t care who or what you are at our club, if you like football, then you’re welcome here.”
Tonight’s game against Hartlepool will include information in the programme and on the tannoy to celebrate FvH.
Southend United would encourage our fans and supporters to help us create the game that everyone can be part and proud of by getting involved.