Arsenal Football Club have signed the Government's Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. Club Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, joined fellow Premier League clubs in making a stand against discrimination and committing to eradicating homophobia and transphobia in sport.
The voluntary charter, launched by the Home Office last year, unites everyone who loves sport behind a pledge to reject homophobia and transphobia. To date nearly 3,000 sports fans and organisations, including the Premier League and the Football Association, have pledged support for the charter. The pledge builds on Arsenal’s commitment to drive an inclusive atmosphere through its ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ initiative, which celebrates the diversity of the Arsenal community.
Upon signing the charter, 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 are from.”
Arsenal Football Club became the first football club to receive Kick it Out’s Advanced Level of the Equality Standard Award in November 2011. Arsenal received the honour from football’s equality and inclusion campaign after providing evidence on what it is doing 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, known under the umbrella of ‘Arsenal for Everyone.’
Arsenal will mark the Arsenal for Everyone campaign at Saturday’s match. The game is the Club’s first home match in February, which also coincides with Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History Month, celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.
Members of the public can back the campaign on Facebook. To sign the Charter, 'Like’ the ‘I love sport, but I hate homophobia and transphobia’ Facebook page.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 2 Feb 2012