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Coventry and West Midlands

Introducing Proud Baggies FC: a new LGBTQ+ football team in the West Midlands

Catherine Muxworthy December 5, 2023

A new competitive LGBTQ+ football team, Proud Baggies FC – “dedicated to promoting inclusivity and diversity within the sport” – has been announced in collaboration with West Bromwich Albion, Sandwell Council, and the Albion Foundation. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in fostering a welcoming platform for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to engage in competitive football […]

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Sport

Stonewall FC wins Historic GOLD at Guadalajara Gay Games 2023

Graham Robson December 5, 2023

Stonewall FC embarked on an exceptional challenge in Latin America, travelling to Guadalajara, Mexico in November for the Guadalajara Gay Games 2023. Their goal? To win a fifth Gay Games title and become the first team in the world to win the Football 11’s gold for a fifth time.  With temperatures upwards of 30 degrees […]

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LGBTQ+ News

Young Albion fan’s colourful support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign

Graham Robson November 30, 2023

Jason Steele, Norman Cook and Bart Verbruggen model Livs Cook’s designs Brighton & Hove Albion Foundation (BHAFC Foundation) recently launched a competition inviting local kids to send in their most colourful, inclusive, and supportive shirt designs to promote Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign and show support to the LGBTQ+ community. The competition winner received two tickets […]

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Sport

Brighton & Hove Labour propose to bring women’s football home to Brighton & Hove

Graham Robson October 16, 2023

Lead Pic: Leader of Brighton & Hove Council and Labour Group, Bella Sankey Brighton & Hove’s Labour administration is wanting to work with Brighton & Hove Albion to find a home within the city’s boundaries for a purpose-built women’s football stadium. The Albion’s top-flight women’s team currently play their games over 20 miles away from […]

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Sport

Celebrating Brighton & Hove Albion’s historic journey into Europe

Graham Robson August 31, 2023

To celebrate Brighton & Hove Albion’s promotion to the UEFA Europa League, blue and white bunting and lamp post banners will soon adorn the city streets and, on match days, iconic buildings including the historic Royal Pavilion, will take on a blue and white glow to celebrate the home team’s success.

Businesses and residents are also being encouraged to help ‘dress’ the city in a sea of blue and white to celebrate Brighton & Hove Albion’s UEFA Europa League debut.

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Sport

Football Pride to return at Manchester Pride, celebrating LGBTQ+ people and culture in the game

Graham Robson July 15, 2023

Football Pride – an event from Football v Homophobia that lifts up LGBTQ+ voices across the game – is returning at Manchester Pride in August to bring together LGBTQ+ communities within the world’s most popular sport to party, participate and protest.

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Coventry and West Midlands

Football fan banned from matches for three years after homophobic abuse

Catherine Muxworthy June 22, 2023

Liam Duce appeared at Dudley Magistrate Court on June 15 where he pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words and behaviour after he was arrested for homophobic abused at a Wolves vs Chelsea match back on April 8. The 24-year-old, of High Park Crescent, Sedgley, was given a three-year football banning order and fined £461.

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Sport

Footballers in French football league refuse to play anti-homophobia match

Graham Robson May 15, 2023

Toulouse’s Zakaria Aboukhlal and Nantes’ Mostafa Mohamed were omitted from the teamsheet for a French football league Ligue 1 clash between the two clubs on Sunday, May 14 after refusing to participate in a campaign against homophobia, which saw all teams in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 wearing shirts with numbers in rainbow colours. 

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