Press release Football Pride Week

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Football Pride Week in Berlin

+++ From 05–09 October 2016, football fans will host an international conference on homophobia in football +++

Berlin, 29 September 2016

The much-discussed Coming Out of an active professional footballer is still pending. Fans are often seen as the main problem in this process. But they exist, these other football fans that stand up against homophobia and engage for an open football culture.

Against this background, Football Fans Against Homophobia (FFAH), Queer Football Fanclubs (QFF) and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) together with the Federation of Gays and Lesbians in Berlin-Brandenburg (LSVD) are inviting for the first time to the „Football Pride Week“, a multi-day international football conference on homophobia in football, taking place from 05 – 09. October 2016 in Berlin. FFAH will also celebrate its 5th anniversary with the event.

The different workshops are set to develop strategies and options for action against homophobia in the football environment. Apart from broad, international exchange among supporters representatives from fan groups from more than 20 countries who registered for the event, the organisers are also looking for an exchange with clubs and football associations. This is why all clubs from the 1st Bundesliga to the 4th Division as well as all regional football associations in Germany have been explicitly invited to join the event, too.

Key themes of the Football Pride Week are ways how football fans can further engage against homophobia in football, amongst others, and which possibilities of support clubs and football associations have with regards to the work of fans against discrimination in Germany. In the international part on 7 and 8 October, fans from different continents and representatives of UEFA will discuss the upcoming World Cups in Russia 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

The Football Pride Week will be opened at the National Headquarters of ver.di by Björn Fecker – board member of the German Football Association DFB and Stefan Kiefer – Chairman of the Bundesliga Foundation. Further parts of the programme include a reception at the City Hall in Schöneberg and a Farewell Party at SchwuZ, where Jurassica Parka awaits participants to its legendary party POPKICKER.

People interested in the participating in the Football Pride Week can register until 03. October 2016 via the online form on the event website www.footballprideweek.net

On 10 October 2016, just after the end of the Pride Week, at the international match Germany v Northern Ireland, the initiative Football Fans Against Homophobia will receive the award for the 2nd place in the Julius Hirsch Award of the German Football Association DFB.

The Football Pride Week is supported by ver.di, the Coordinating Centre of Fan Projects at the German Sports Youth (KOS), the PFiFF-Funding Programme of the German Football League, the „Queering Football“-Project of the Erasmus+-Programme of the EU as well as from the Federal Centre for Equality – Against Discrimination – Berlin.

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