SRtRC embark on a new project with partners The Northern Rock Foundation, to produce an educational resource on Homophobia
We know how prevalent homophobic bullying is amongst children and young people and what a devastating impact it can have. This new resource will give teachers and youth workers the tools they need to address this issue.
Penny Wilkinson, Northern Rock Foundation Chief Executive.
We want to use the Show Racism the Red Card model to challenge homophobia. We aim to produce a unique educational resource which will utilise the high profile of professional footballers and other sporting personalities to combat homophobia in society.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) have been working to combat racist attitudes for 15 years. The aim of our organisation is to produce anti-racist educational resources, which harness the high profile of professional footballers to combat racism. Our latest external evaluation stated that "SRTRC as an organisation has a very strong brand and identity. The linkage of football and racism and its use as an educational tool is a simple but powerful concept seen as effective and easy to understand. "
We aim to use a similar model in the Show Homophobia the Red Card film. Recent reports have indicated that Homophobia is still a widespread problem within football and society. We will interview top players to get them to speak out against homophobia which will produce a powerful resource to combat homophobia and homophobic language within society.
We will be working in partnership with a number of other organisations to produce a resource that will be unique. Currently very few professional footballers have spoken out against homophobia and no current professional footballers have come out as gay. Football is seen as one of the worst arenas for Homophobic abuse and the only gay footballer to come out (Justin Fashanu) committed suicide. But we believe we can use our extensive contacts within the game to turn this around. We aim to replicate our very successful anti-racism campaign and produce a educational resource which is widely used and highly accessible.
We will discuss with partner agencies how to best use the resource and then conduct an evaluation on its impact.
As with our Islamophobia DVD and education pack, Show Homophobia the Red Card will be aimed at students in secondary education. However, as with the Islamophobia film, the beneficiaries will also include adults and we hope that this new film can also be used in teacher training.
Last year, with Northern Rock Foundation funding, we held a highly successful adult education conference against Homophobia in conjunction with Stonewall. The problem of Homophobia in the North East is widespread and is evident throughout our education system, however it is not confined to one region. With this resource we will be able to educate people across the UK against the dangers of homophobic language and combat homophobic attitudes within society.