Justin: The Campaign Against Homophobia in Football

Publish Date: 25/04/2008

Justin Fashanu on the cover Gay Times, 1991'Justin' is a campaign against homophobia in football that focuses on vindicating the memory of Justin Fashanu, the world's first openly gay professional footballer.

'Justin' will be launched on 4 May 2008, two days after the tenth anniversary of Justin Fashanu's death, at The Amsterdam, Brighton at 5pm after the Stonewall Equality Walk. Speakers include gay rights activist Peter Tatchell and Justin co-founder Jason Hall.

Brighton Bandits, a documentary about the city's gay football team - which the Justin team ultimately want to show at schools and universities - screens at The Odeon in Brighton at 11am and 1pm on 17 May - the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) - in conjunction with artist Jason Hall's Open House exhibition (and the FA Cup Final). Jason's exhibition centralises Justin's story within a powerful collage of words, images and objects recalling the war on homophobia - and those that fell.

The 'Justin' Campaign - The aim of the Justin Campaign is to get the FA to observe Saturday 2nd May 2009 as Justin Fashanu Day.

ObjectivesA picture of Fash from his Brighton & Hove Albion days

1. To encourage Premier and Football League players to support Justin Fashanu Day by wearing black armbands and observing a minute's silence before matches.

2. To encourage Premier and Football League Clubs to support Justin Fashanu Day by including a statement about the Justin Campaign in match day programmes.

3. To educate football players, managers and officials at all levels of the game, including schools, about the damaging impact of homophobia in football.

4. To raise awareness of the thriving culture of gay football and the profile of the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN.)