The Football v Transphobia Week of Action will be taking place from the 24th– 31st March 2021, ending on Transgender Day of Visibility.
This is the third season we are taking specific action on transphobia in the game. We will be active across social media, using our presence to amplify the voices of trans and non binary people in all aspects of football.
The Youth Panel will be supporting the Week of Action with some special youth events, which will run alongside the main Football v Transphobia campaign.
How does this Week of Action differ from last year’s?
FvT Campaign Lead, Natalie Washington (she/they) explained how this year’s Week of Action differs to last year’s.
“Last year we’d just gone into a national lockdown, so the physical events we had planned had to be replaced at short notice!
“This year, we want to get people thinking about what it means to be a good ally for trans people in the game – trans people, trans women in particular, are constantly demonised in the media for being involved in sport.
“We want to share our experiences that the vast majority of people are really supportive of trans inclusion in sport, and so highlighting great allies is a fantastic way of showing that it’s safe to get involved.
“This year, we’re prepared for it to be almost entirely virtual, so we have a few more things planned!”
Events to look forward to for #FvT2021
The Youth Panel have organised two events for the Week of Action.
TransTalk- Wednesday 24th March, 7-8pm
This panel discussion will feature a group of young trans and non binary people in football. They will be discussing the importance of allies and how cis-folk can be better allies to trans and non binary people. Their perspectives of the game will help clubs, coaches and the wider football community to better understand what they can do to improve, shaping the next steps towards making sure football is truly inclusive for everyone.
Come along for this opportunity to ask questions about how you and your club can be better trans and non binary allies.
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ttVqJj3qQques3N-nFk7CQ
101 LGBT+ Education- Friday 26th March, 4-6pm
This education session for 16-30 year olds, gives an introduction to LGBTQ+ identities. Participants on this training will start thinking about how to make their football team/club and their own daily environments more LGBT+ inclusive. The training will cover terminology, gender and sexuality, anti racism, trans rights, LGBT+ icons in football and how to be a great ally.
Other things to watch out for:
#TransFootyAlly is a new virtual campaign for FvT 2021. All across the week of action, we are encouraging people to really show us the value of allyship in the game. For trans and non-binary people, what has someone done to make you feel safe & included? What more could people do to improve your football experience? For cisgender allies; how does the presence of trans and non-binary people in the game enrich your footballing life? What are you doing to make your club a more inclusive place for trans and non-binary people?
Trans and non binary people are also encouraged to share content about how cisgender people have been allies to them or to share top tips for those wanting to be allies in the game.
Additional content for the Week of Action includes podcasts with trans and non binary,as well as information about how trans and non binary people can get into football.
A fun social event will round up the Week of Action, hosted by Natalie Washington.
Contacts and Social Media
Make sure to follow us on all social media channels for updates on FvT2021:
Please tag us in any social media posts and use the hashtags #FvT2021 and #TransFootyAlly
Also remember to purchase your Football v Transphobia T-shirt to show your support for the campaign by clicking on the link below.
If you have any queries or questions regarding to the Week of Action, contact our Events Officer Danyal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Events Officer – Danyal Khan (@DKMatchreports)