Manchester: Football fans gather for anti-homophobia conference

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An international conference on homophobia in football has taken place in Manchester.

Supporters from 29 countries across Europe attended the Football Fans v Homophobia (FvH) event on Mount Street over the weekend.

It aims to “celebrate the involvement of gay and lesbian fans and reinforce a zero-tolerance message against discrimination.”

Delegates participated in a range of discussions and workshops on issues such as “Education or Regulation – Affecting Culture Change in Football”, “Transphobia & the Experience of Transgender Fans” and “The Role of LGBT Fans Groups.”

Earlier this month, the Professional Footballers’ Association announced a new action plan on tackling homophobia in the football league, requiring participation from all professional players and clubs.

Louise Englefield, from FvH said: “The LGBT community has a large contingent of football supporters whose concerns on homophobia are often ignored.

“As the first major gathering of supporters on this issue, both LGBT and allies, this is a huge event for the LGBT community in football.”

She added: “It is fitting that it takes place on the day the most high-profile league in world football kicks off its season.”