Gay Football Team Meets the Hard Boys of a Sunday League

Homophobia in Football is one of the aspects that will be featured in the many events organised across the United Kingdom on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) next month.

In Liverpool, Homotopia will be screening the Rikki Beadle-Blair feature film ‘comedy, but with a serious message’ Kick Off on May 17 at The Picture House at 6pm.

The film, which tells of what happens when the hardest team in the Sunday Soccer league comes up against a gay team – and finds they’ve finally met their match, is followed by a Q&A session with the director and representatives from the the Premiership club, Everton.

Admission is £8.50 (£7.50 student, retired and income support – and £6.00 children under 15). Seats can be booked online, and are subject to a £1.60 booking fee per transaction.

Prior to the film, Liverpool Town Hall will, once again, be opening its doors for IDAHO and ‘afternoon tea’ with The Lord Mayor has been arranged for members and supporters of the LGBT community. There will also be a photographic display of couples.

In rural Oxfordshire at Alvescot (close to RAF Brize Norton and Carterton), the Communications Union (CWU) will be unveiling a special memorial, which will consist of a monolith stone and permanent plaque, in the gardens of the CWU Education Centre on IDAHO day.

The CWU’s LGBT Advisory Committee has made the IDAHO issue a key priority for the last four years. It has organised demonstrations outside various foreign Embassy’s that are known to be hostile to the LGBT community.

The University of Nottingham has arranged a conference to mark IDAHO as part of an European Commission funded research project, Citizens in Diversity: A Four Nation Study of Homophobia and Fundamental Rights.

Speakers at the conference include Sue Botcherby (Research Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission), Prof. Robert Wintemute (King’s College, London) and Dr. Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip (University of Nottingham)

The Centre for Sexual Health and Sheffield Council are organising a rally and a “one minutes noise” to speak out loudly and clearly that homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable and have no place in our society.

The County Durham IDAHO conference will look at the Equalities Act and its implication for employers and service providers as well as personal stories of discrimination, and a question time panel.

Coventry is saying “No to Homophobia and Transphobia” and will have stalls, displays, public art and balloons emphasising this demand outside the Central Library.

In Manchester the Lesbian and Gay Foundation is aiming to get “Enough is Enough” Safer Schools packs about homophobic bullying in to UK schools by May 17th 2011.

The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association mark IDAHO in London a few days early. On Friday May 13 at the Conway Hall, the group is hosting a round table discussion on International LGBT Rights in an age of Religious Fundamentalism.

Out in the Sticks is Herefordshire’s annual week-long LGBT festival and is being organised as part of IDAHO.

Gay Surrey has arranged a major IDAHO community event in Kingston Upon Thames from 6.30 to 9pm with speakers, entertainment and the presentation of Equality Matters awards.

In Reading, the Thames Valley Gay Police Association is hosting In or Out – Does it Really Matter?at Reading Police station at 7pm. Keynote speaker will be Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Brian Paddick. This will be followed by a screening of the film Milk.

Bristol LGBT will be holding an event to mark IDAHO in Queens Square on Saturday May 21 with an open mic session, spoken word performances, networking and a picnic.

In Southampton, University of Southampton is celebrating IDAHO with an event curated by Andrew Markham from Southampton Solent University at the London Hotel.

While in Scotland, Glasgow magazine, group and club Lock Up Your Daughters is to screen the filmAll Over Me on Sunday May 22

In Manchester there are a number of events, including the first anniversary of the Enough is Enough campaign which is one of several events organised by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation.


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