HUST would like to add it’s voice to the club’s call for support of the Football v Homophobia campaign. As an organisation, HUST welcomes everyone as a member regardless of race, colour, sex, or sexual orientation.

Football v Homophobia (FvH) which takes place in February 2014, is an international campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against LGB&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans) people in football. The campaign is endorsed and supported by The FA, the Football League and the LMA.

The aim of FvH is to make football safe and welcoming for everyone. Prejudice and discrimination in football affects us all, not just LGB&T people. Justin Fashanu, the first ever out gay male professional footballer suffered bullying and hostility after his sexual orientation became public, but so too have heterosexual footballers such as Graeme Le Saux and Sol Campbell.

LGB&T people are everywhere. Sons, daughters, mums, dads, aunties and uncles could be LGB&T. LGB&T people are in all walks of life. They are receptionists, doctors, bus drivers, physios, and yes, even footballers.

Throughout Football v Homophobia month and beyond, please help your club by standing up to prejudice and discrimination against LGB&T people in the game. Together we can make football a welcoming place for everyone.

If you witness any behavior during a game, like anti-gay chanting and hateful or prejudiced language, speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official, or contact the FA by phone 0800 085 0508 or email reportdiscrimination@TheFA.com

Remember, doing nothing only allows discrimination to get worse!