At the Blackburn game on February 4, 2012, the Club marked its ongoing commitment to its Arsenal for Everyone campaign, which celebrates the diversity of the Arsenal community.

The Club welcomed Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, to present Arsenal with the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard at half-time which the Club was awarded at the end of 2011.

Arsenal became the first football club to win the award in November 2011 after providing detailed evidence on the Club’s actions to promote diversity and equality. It includes work in the community, engagement with fans and the development of Club policies and processes to create equal opportunities for all which is known under the umbrella of Arsenal for Everyone

This fixture was the Club’s first home game in February, which was Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History Month and celebrated the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. 

Earlier in the month, Arsenal’s Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis signed the Government's Sports Charter which tackles homophobia and transphobia in sport which commits to challenge discrimination and works to eradicate homophobic and transphobic abuse from football.

Ivan Gazidis said: “Signing the Government’s Charter for Action builds upon Arsenal’s commitment to drive an inclusive atmosphere and calls everyone to unite against homophobia in sport. Football has the power to bring people together in a unique way and we believe there should be no barriers to feeling a sense of belonging to Arsenal Football Club.

"This is something we will continually drive - particularly through our Arsenal for Everyone initiative - which aims to create an inclusive atmosphere for our fans, staff, players and followers - whoever they are and wherever they’re from.” 

From February 18 to 26, the Justin Campaign’s Football v Homophobia initiative will coordinate a week of action which aims to make football a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. The Justin Campaign has been at the forefront of the issue since 2008. The campaign is named after Justin Fashanu, the first ever out gay male professional footballer.

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6 Feb 2012