Our match against Oxford City in the National League South this Saturday has been designated our ‘celebration’ fixture in support of the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign.
This is an international initiative that takes place every February to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression at all levels of football.
We want football to take a clear stand against homophobia and transphobia so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game and so that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This international campaign launched 2010 as a part of the Justin campaign and has worked tirelessly to tackle homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people in football.
Local Clarence ward Councillor Danny Clare will be in attendance to talk about the ‘Ask for Clive’ campaign which he helped form last year in support of the LGBT+ community and discuss the role our club can play in eliminating any prejudices within the game and the wider community.
There will be an opportunity for supporters to purchase Rainbow laces – another international campaign, courtesy of pupils from the St Albans Girls School.
We also have a special matchday programme which highlights the work carried out for the scheme to date in addition to the usual match reports, articles and previews.
It promises to be a fantastic event and we hope that as many supporters can attend the celebration as possible.