YORK City’s Vanarama National League home game against Maidstone United on Saturday 11th February 2017 will mark the Club’s fourth annual Football v Homophobia match.

The Minstermen will be using the Maidstone United match to promote the message that football is for everyone regardless of sexuality and discrimination of any form is not welcome in the game.

As part of the Club’s efforts to tackle homophobia and to show support for the local LGBT community, York City has donated 50 tickets for the match to York Pride, an organisation we have supported for five years.

Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride said, “It’s great to see York City F.C supporting the LGBT community again with their fourth Football V Homophobia match, it’s great to see our local football club support the LGBT community in such a significant and public way, making it clear that homophobia and discrimination has no place at Bootham Crescent or in football”

Football v Homophobia is an international initiative that exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation gender identity and expression at all levels of football. FvH unites fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the football authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.

FvH want football to take a clear stand against homophobia and transphobia so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game and so that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Football v Homophobia was originally conceived and launched by the Justin Campaign in 2010. The Justin Campaign thejustincampaign.com, a small voluntary run football campaign group, was founded in 2008 to demonstrate that 10 years after Justin Fashanu’s tragic suicide in 1998, homophobia was still hugely prevalent in both grassroots and professional football.

On Saturday 11th February, the York City players will warm up in Football v Homophobia t-shirts and there will also be anti-homophobia PA announcements before the match and at half-time. In addition there will be special articles in the matchday magazine promoting the Football v Homophobia campaign and York Pride.

York City Chairman, Jason McGill said: “York City is an inclusive football club with a strong emphasis on building positive relationships with everyone in our local community regardless of race, sexuality, religion or gender. We fully support the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign as we actively promote the message to our supporters that football is for everyone. We hope that our continued efforts to combat homophobia in football will make a positive difference in the city of York and local area and will lead to greater acceptance of LGBT players and supporters.”

To reserve your free tickets please email chair@yorkpride.org.uk