‘Homophobia - Let’s Tackle It’ and ‘Talking About Homophobia’
Show Racism the Red Card launched two new brand new educational films at an event for invited guests at Hampden Park, on Tuesday 1st May. The films come with an accompanying education pack and the resources are designed to educate young people and adults about the damage of homophobia and provide people with a range of information and skills to enable them to effectively challenge homophobia. The project has been funded by the Northern Rock Foundation who wished to utilise Show Racism the Red Card’s skills and experience in producing educational materials to combat prejudice.
“Homophobia: Let’s Tackle it!” features a wide range of top sporting personalities talking about the issues of homophobia. Their powerful interviews have created an emotive and dynamic resource to combat homophobia and homophobic language in society.
“Talking about Homophobia” is a powerful selection of interviews, featuring Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson; comedian and author Rhona Cameron, and England rugby star Ben Cohen. They, alongside gay equality campaigners share their experiences of homophobia.
The event featured screenings of the DVDs, together with presentations from Unite the Union, EIS and the Chief Executives of the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Premier League, Scottish Football League and a representative of PFA Scotland.
Penny Wilkinson, CEO for Northern Rock Foundation said: "Teachers need resources and support to help them to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying. We are really pleased that SRtRC has taken its years of experience and expertise in producing fantastic resources for use in schools and youth groups and used it to produce these films and education pack.”
Lizz Bennett, Education Worker for SRtRC added: "We believe that this resource is something young people will identify with and be challenged by. Educators will be informed and supported in their delivery by a comprehensive education pack, filled with lesson plans and activity ideas. It is vital that teachers engage with this subject to ensure that all learners feel safe and accepted within their school."
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: "The Scottish FA is proud to support ‘Homophobia: Let’s Tackle It’. As part of our new strategic plan, we are committed to inclusiveness and access to football for all through our new equity policy.
"Homophobia has no place in society in the 21st century, let alone in football, and the Scottish FA is keen to promote positive behaviours and attitudes through our Focus on Football campaign in the ongoing fight against discrimination of all forms."
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League said: “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and our clubs work hard to promote inclusion, respect and tolerance within their club and their local communities. Campaigns such as this send out a positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”