Football Pride Replay! Catch up on the festival

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Missed something at Football Pride, or just want to watch again? We’ve rounded up some of the festival highlights…

The first-ever Football Pride festival was held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, bringing together our community of LGBTQ+ people and allies to celebrate inclusion in the beautiful game.

Organised by the Football v Homophobia campaign, the event was staged virtually, enabling people to tune in from across the globe. With, BBC Sport, Sky Sports and ourselves helping to raise awareness with media coverage, the message went out far and wide, bringing in new audiences and reuniting old friends.

With over 50 hours of programming, it was impossible to watch it all so here’s a round-up of the day for you to replay and watch at your leisure!

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Saturday’s proceedings began with the Virtual Parade, where LGBT+ fans groups including Rainbow Devils (Manchester United), Villa & Proud, Rainbow Blades and Chelsea Pride joined inclusive clubs such as Charlton Invicta and Isca Apollo FSC to talk about their journeys so far…

FvH campaign director Lou Englefield then ‘hot-footed’ it over to Instagram TV for a one-on-one chat with poet, journalist and writer Musa Okwonga, the host of the Stadio podcast…

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Rangers Women manager and former Scotland international Amy McDonald was the guest on a special edition of LEAP Sports Scotland’s #PrideActive Conversations series, with Pride of the Terraces‘ Andrew Henderson putting the questions to her…

Check out more #PrideActive Conversations on the LEAP Sports Scotland Facebook page, including chats with Philippa York, John Dickinson-Lilley and Beth Allen.

Regulations on gender verification were the topic in a discussion titled ‘Can football do what athletics couldn’t?’, with Dr Payoshni Mitra joined by fellow experts Dr Satoko Itani (Kansai University) and Professor Bruce Kidd. The panel heard the testimony of a woman footballer who was dropped from her team having been investigated in line with existing regulations…

Professor Bruce Kidd, Dr Payoshni Mitra and Dr Satoko Itani in conversation

LaGolda is a bilingual, socially conscious animation featuring a Latina orphan who flies around the world with her team of international orphans, playing soccer matches to shine a spotlight on social issues that affect kids.

Here’s your chance to watch the new ‘Game Changer’ episode as LaGolda and her friends meet 11-year-old Ryan, and see the short documentary film from Wales legend Jess Fishlock which follows…

‘Game Changer’ also screened as part of Norwich Pride’s online offering on the same day as Football Pride, with Fishlock joining Proud Canaries’ Di Cunningham for a Q&A chat afterwards…

BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Richie Anderson is the patron of West Brom’s LGBT+ fans group Proud Baggies. He Zoomed in for a chat with members of the group and also Albion’s operations director, Mark Miles…

Part 1 – Richie Anderson chats LGBTQ+ inclusion with Proud Baggies
Part 2 – Proud Baggies’ Piero Zizzi is among the contributors

Gay Gooners’ Dave Raval, Charlton Invicta’s Naomi Reid and Steve Wardlaw – the founder of LGBT+-inclusive insurance company Emerald Life – joined Dan Vo for a new episode of his superb ‘Museum From Home’ series. Dan and his guests were ‘Celebrating Proud Communities’ – watch back via Periscope…

England’s Anita Asante talked through her career and her activism with Beatrice Thirlkettle and Angharad Englefield for the FvH Podcast

Anita Asante chats to Beatrice and Angharad on a special edition of the FvH Podcast

Pride Sports carried out a survey to find out how LGBT+ sports and physical activity groups, including football teams, have been affected during the lockdown. In this session, Scott Lawley from Nottingham Trent University launches the report and presents its main findings…

Scott Lawley talks through the Pride Sports report’s findings

Stonewall Performance’s Dirk Smith from the German Sports University delivered a webinar on the psychological impact of homophobia in sports…

Dirk’s webinar examines how the mental health of athletes is affected by homophobia

Event co-organiser Natalie Washington was the moderator for ‘Deconstructing Gender’, which explored the experiences in football of trans and non-binary people. Our #AuthenticMe event speaker JP Casey (Soho FC) was part of the conversation, along with Tash Oakes-Monger (Stonewall FC) and Blair Hamilton, also a footballer as well as being a researcher in trans athletes for the University of Brighton…

Natalie was again in the moderator’s chair for the next session, with Naomi Reid (Charlton Invicta FC), Amber Evans (Saltash United Women FC), Sammy Walker (Bristol City Panthers FC), and referee Lucy Clark on board to talk about being ‘Trans Women In Football’

There was a special edition of the brilliant Burn It All Down podcast, with Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey and Lindsay Gibbs. Listen on the link below!


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Two Athlete Ally Ambassadors – Washington Spirit defender Kaiya McCullough and Boston University Soccer head coach Kelly Lawrence, formerly of Arsenal Women – joined Joanna Hoffman to reflect on their own experiences as athletes using their platforms to speak out for greater inclusion and equality, and what the rising tide of athlete activism could mean for the future of women’s football.

The final panel chat of Football Pride was introduced by Andoni Bello Lanestosa (Teatro de Queer Mexico) and was titled ‘Towards a new normality in football stadiums’, looking at the shared goal of eradicating LGBT-phobia and other forms of discrimination. Moderator Edyam Rodriguez (Kraken Deportivo Club) was joined by Emilia Arbaca and Jessica Navarro (Mexico City Ministry of Culture), Nicolas Pineda Salazar (Zorros LGBT), Leviathen Hendricks (Gay Games and East End Phoenix FC), Dave Raval (Gay Gooners), and Alberto Monroy Chavez (Divinas Jalisco Club).

Remember, you can still swing by the FvH site to grab a Football Pride T-shirt in the shop and don’t forget to post on social using the hashtag #FootballPride to let others know what you enjoyed from the festival.

Thanks to the FvH team of Lou, Natalie, Jen, Gary and Samuel for putting on such a brilliant event!

Follow on social at @FootballPrideUK on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Further reading…

Seeing the light: The media and gay footballers

Recommended! Where to go for LGBT+ sports content

Jon Holmes

Digital Sports Editor

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