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Call It Out conference to explore LGBT supporter issues

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A free programme of speakers, workshops , culture and leisure strands for LGBT+ football fans, campaigners, club & league staff will be taking place in Nottingham next month.

The Call It Out event, run by Pride in Football, will be taking place at the City Ground on Saturday 9th June, with additional events taking place on the Friday night and Sunday 10th June.

Saturday’s line-up includes: gay referee Ryan Atkin; ex-Leeds director and human rights activist David Haigh; Forest dynast Helena Doughty; Commonwealth Games 2018 silver medallist, inclusion activist and Nottingham Forest fan Siobhán Prior; broadcaster Bob Ballard; and Jon Holmes of Sky Sports Digital facilitating.

Workshops and panels will examine the need for broadcasting standards on LGBT-phobia, address the lack of inclusion and human rights guarantees from international competition hosts until 2024, review development of LGBT+ fan groups individually and as a movement, discuss young people as LGBT+ fans and consider the prospect of an elite male player coming out.

The programme finale will be a screening of the Brighton Kop with Director Q&A. Drinks available from the bar and the day will include a tour of the iconic Forest stadium.

For more information and registration, visit Call It Out’s eventbrite page.

Thanks to Arran Bee for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball