10 Downing Street hosted a reception for the LGBT community at which Gordon Taylor of the PFA screened the first edit of our new anti-homophobia educational film.
We’ve seen the effectiveness of Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card – we now need to galvanise our energies into kicking homophobia and transphobia out.
David Cameron, Prime Minister
Leading gay, lesbian and transgender sports stars met David Cameron in No. 10 to show their support for an initiative to rid sport of homophobia. Rugby player Gareth Thomas and multiple Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King were among those present along with the heads of the Football Association, Premier League, Football League, Professional Footballers Association, League Managers Association, England & Wales Cricket Board and the bosses at most of the leading rugby clubs in the country.
Gordon Taylor, the Professional Footballer's Association Chief Executive screened a copy of Show Racism the Red Card's new educational anti-homophobia film which features current and ex-professional footballers and managers talking about homophobia in football, sport and wider society. More information about this film is available here.
Following the reception Prime Minister, David Cameron wrote for Pink News: "Football in particular, as it is our national game, has a leadership role to play both here and abroad and that requires the issue to be tackled by managers, players, stewards and the supporters clubs. Homophobic and transphobic taunts should not be tolerated, in the same way racist taunts aren’t. I believe that good work is underway lead by the FA and PFA and I encourage all involved to do all they can, as quickly as they can. We’ve seen the effectiveness of Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card – we now need to galvanise our energies into kicking homophobia and transphobia out."
David Cameron's full article can be viewed here.