#CALLITOUT 2018 Programme

Pride in Football go to Nottingham for #CALLITOUT2018!

#CALLITOUT2018, exploring fan-based responses to LGBT+phobia in Football

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Saturday 9th June at #CALLITOUT2018

The Robin Hood Suite Nottingham Forest Football Club 
The City Ground Nottingham NG2 5FJ

9.30am Registration and Coffee, Juice and Pastries

10.00am Welcome and Introduction:Nicholas Randall, Chair Nottingham Forest FC, Di Cunningham, Chair Pride in Football

Journalist Nancy Frostick will be recording the event – please let her know if you don’t want to appear in photos.

Panels and Q&A will be chaired by Jon Holmes of Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Digital and by Helena Doughty, patron of LGBT Trickies.

10.15 Panel: What will it take for an elite gay male footballer to Come Out? Ryan Atkin (out gay ref), SiobhánPrior (England Basketball medallist, Forest fan and inclusion activist), Sam Feeney (Trans activist and counsellor, Proud Lilywhite/Amber & Proud) and Jehmeil Lemonius (Stonewall and Stonewall FC)

10.45 Panel: Are Media and Broadcasting standards on LGBT+ Inclusion adequate? Bob Ballard (Radio 5 Live, Talk Sport, Nancy Frostick(Freelance journalist), Kevin Beirne(Football London, JOE.co.uk, FT Mag)

11.15 Panel: LGBT+phobic international competition hosts; are they inevitable? How should we respond? Joe White (Campaigns Lead Pride in Football), Tim Purcell(MoT member and corporate social responsibility advisor, Simon Ware Chair Amnesty LGBTQ and Proud Tricky, Siobhán Prior(England Basketball medallist, Forest fan and inclusion activist)

12.00 Lunch/Stadium Tour

Please take a moment over lunch to complete this short survey of LGBT+ fan match experience  https://bit.ly/2Jb3CyC

1.15pm Workshops:

Preparing for an elite gay male player coming out. Lead by Gay Gooners Chair Dave Raval

Developing an LGBT+ fan group. Lead by Marching Out Together, LUFC LGBT+ fan group

Minimum Standards and Code of Conduct for Media and Press. Lead by Pride in Football Chair Di Cunningham

2.15pm Feedback from Workshops/plenary

3.00 Drinks available from the bar

3.15pm The Brighton Kop – short film doc with Director Ruben Armstrong and Brighton Kop founder Benny Punk Q&A and

4pm Close

Saturday Evening

Broadway Cinema 14 – 18 Broad Street Nottingham NG1 3AL

7.30 Mario; £5 for delegates

Sunday 10th June at #CALLITOUT2018

Notts County Football Club, Meadow Lane Stadium, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ

11.00 am Pride in Football member AGM, with Breakfast Roll and hot drink

NB! For those arriving early on Friday8th:

Nottingham City Council, Council House, Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

7pm Mayoral Drinks Reception

Broadway Cinema 14 – 18 Broad Street Nottingham NG1 3AL

9pm Just Charlie with intro by Sam Feeney

Drinks and food are available at Broadway Cinema and local eateries and bars

Show Some Respect

What do you say to a homophobe at a football match? Should you even say anything at all? Pride in Football’s #CALLITOUT campaign helps us to find the right words by asking them to ‘Show Some Respect’.

Pride in Football represents the UK’s LGBT+ Football fan groups and its #CALLITOUT campaign encourages all fans to challenge LGBT+phobia, but how exactly do you do that in a crowded football stadium? It’s simple really… the next time you hear anyone being LGBT+phobic, only if you feel safe to do so, then simply ask the abusive person to ‘Show Some Respect’.

By working together we can all help to make football a better place for everyone.

Check out our fabulous comic strip & animation from David Shenton below:

The Show Some Respect comic strip
The comic strip

The animation


Reporting Discrimination

Kick It Out has released figures to show there has been an increase of 59% on reports relating to discriminatory abuse. You can read our response here:

Pride in Footballs response to Kick it Outs mid season update on reports of discrimination in football

Click the link below to see the Sky Sports report:




Football’s Coming Out! LGBT+ England Fans out in numbers at Wembley

Wembley’s 81000 ticket holders along with a global TV audience for the recent England vs Germany friendly saw historic barriers bridged with the poignant marking of Armistice Day by both teams. Reinhard Grindel, president of the German Football Association welcomed the marking of remembrance as an example of the values cherished by football: respect, tolerance, and humanity.

At the same game in the stands, those same values were affirmed by an en masse attendance of 100 LGBT+ fans; members of the Pride in Football network of supporter groups, from Arsenal’s Gay Gooners to Wolverhampton’s Molineux Pride. The growth of the LGBT+ supporter movement in UK leagues has been remarkable – from just 4 groups 3 years ago there are now 35 with more in development. The groups are working with their clubs to help make grounds more welcoming and improve the match day experience for everyone. And via in-stadium banners and a presence on social media the groups have made visible a community not traditionally associated with the game. This in turn seems to be moderating behaviour on the terraces; reducing homophobia and encouraging fans to challenge unacceptable language.

The LGBT+ England fans group, with the support of the FA, have been attending games together for the last 18 months – for qualifiers and friendlies at the Stadium of Light, the Etihad and Wembley and have made sure to have meet-ups before and after the game and add to their gallery of group photos with their rainbow flags and banners. Sarah, a Gay Gooner said of the games:

“It was flipping brilliant to be in a situation that was so emphatically LGBTI-inclusive. To be able to support the national team while being openly and comfortably myself was incredibly special”

And Lee, who took his partner (with some trepidation) to an England game for the first time, also rated the experience:

“This could be the start of tackling the taboo of gay fans actually liking football for the game.”

There is a real appetite for travel to next summer’s World Cup to support England but the enthusiasm is tempered by awareness of the Russian Federation’s laws and attitudes: Joe White, Campaign Lead for Pride in Football says:

“There are a number of us who are keen to go to and support England at the World Cup in Russia, but we all appreciate the potential risks we would be taking in attending to watch the game we love”.

So travel must be on the understanding that football’s national and international governing bodies exact from the Russian authorities confirmation that venues and host cities will ensure that all fans are welcome regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

It will also be important for the group to display – at least for sharing on social media – their iconic rainbow coloured three lion crest. Di Cunningham Chair of Pride in Football

“We have a duty to our Russian counterparts be visible, inspite or perhaps because of the Russian Federation’s ‘Gay Propaganda Law’ that bars their attendance as an identifiable group at games in their country.”


#kickitwithHER at the HER UK National Football Festival – Powerleague Shoreditch – 12th August

Want to play in a 1000+ people all female football tournament?
Get down to East London for a sunshine filled Saturday with football, DJs, games, food and some general day drinking. This is not just a tournament, it’s a day festival so come down to support and hang out.

If you want to play then enter into one of the women’s 5-a-side tournaments with trophies and medals for the winning teams. You can enter individually if you want to make some new friends, or as a team. There will be two levels:
Beginner: You’ve maybe played a bit at school, but never a proper match and you’ve never been part of a team. You probably need reminding what the rules are.
Experienced: You’re part of a football team that has played in matches before.

HER is an inclusive app for LGBTQ+ women and queer people, but you don’t need to be LGBTQ+ to play in the tournament, you just need to identify as female or non-binary. All male identified friends, family, boyfriends, etc. are warmly invited to come support and enjoy the general festival vibes 😀

Follow the link to register – Pride in Football (the alliance of LGBT+ Fan Groups) will receive a percentage of the fee:



Take a look below to see some of our brilliant event photographer John Merrill’s fab pictures from the National Football Museum #CALLITOUT event.

We were also featured on Sky Sports:


Pride in Football Go to Manchester!

#CALLITOUT exploring fan-based responses to LGBT-Phobia in Football

Friday 23rd June

People’s History Museum

Individual and curated tours of the permanent collection and:

Never Going Underground – the Fight for LGBT+ rights

Love is Not a Crime – 10 years of the Lesbian Immigration Support group.

4pm – Curated Tour of Never Going Underground

6pm – Private View with wine: Continuum

Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain.

Manchester Town Hall

7.30pm – Mayoral Reception

The Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester will meet #CallItOut delegates over a glass of wine.

Gay Village

8.30pm onward – a presence at various venues to eat, drink and network.

Saturday 24th June

11.20am – Workshops

1. LGBTQ Fan Groups – how are they doing and how do you set one up? With Jonathan Waite (Spurs SLO) and fan group organisers

2. #CallItOut – Challenging abusive language and behaviour – Annette Nelson (Diversity and Equality trainer)

3. Preparing for the Russia World Cup – with PiF’s Di Cunningham and Joe White

12.20pm – Lunch

1.00pm – Attitude’s Darren Styles In Conversation with Amal Fashanu

1.20pm – Feedback from Workshops

1.40pm – UEFA Fair Play and Social Responsibility Committee member Paul Elliott on recent policy committing member associations to Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights (including those concerning Gender and Sexuality)

1.50pm – Panel International Competition Hosts and engagement of LGBTQ fans – with a focus on the Russia World Cup. Chair Jon Holmes (Sky Sports Digital) Panellists Paul Elliott (UEFA) Alexander Agapov (Russian LGBT sports Federation), Tamara Tien, (FARE), Andrej Pisl (Out in Slovenia) Lou Englefield (Pride Sports)

2.40pm – Plenary Session

3.30pm – Close

The National Football Museum

Individual tours of the permanent collection and the current PELÉ: ART, LIFE, FOOTBALL exhibition and delegates can offer perspectives on the NFMs Women’s Game collection to Denise Lambert and Belinda Monkhouse of the Hidden History of Women’s Football project and contribute to John E Goldring’s LGBT Fan group survey.

Sunday 25th June

Cosy Club 3,
Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester M4 3TR

10am – 11.45am
Brunch – please pay for your own!

12pm – 2.30pm
Pride in Football AGM