The overall objective is to raise awareness for a wider recognition of homophobia as a main cross-border threat to the integrity of European sport.
The project "Queering Football" aims at using the UEFA EURO 2016 in France as a pan-European networking and communication platform to tackle discrimination and hatred and to establish a more inclusive football and fan culture.
Homophobia – prejudices and violence against LGBTIQs1 – is still one of the main and untackled problems in European football. Homophobia like discriminations on other grounds prevents European citizens from participation in sport and in society at large.
The project design Queering Football is raising awareness through campaigning, training and networking. The main activities will be implemented at UEFA EURO 2016 in France. A diversity campaign in France reaches its peak with a EuroPrideHouse, a safe and visible space for LGBTIQs and their allies in Paris during UEFA EURO 2016. Training tools and workshops will be developed and held to sensitise the different stakeholders involved with the EURO (staff, fans, sport journalists etc.). Using the democratic power and importance of grassroots initiatives, capacity building and the empowerment of LGBTIQ activists, minority and feminist initiatives as well as football supporters and networking between these groups is a key for the Queering Football project.
All these anti-discrimination measures in the context of UEFA EURO 2016 serve as an example for upcoming major sport events to ensure that questions of inclusion, equality and minority rights are on the agenda and anti-discrimination activities are not only part, but precondition if a country/ city is going to host a major sport event. One main output of Queering Football is a handbook on fundamental rights and anti-discrimination standards.