In this article for The New Stateman in May, Juliet Jacques discusses the effect that Justin Fashanu’s sexuality had on his career and his relationship with the media. It is a devastating indictment of attitudes that permeated in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s and led to his suicide by hanging in 1998. Some of those opposed to this bigotry formed The Justin Campaign: Campaigning Against Homophobia in Football. It seeks to demonstrate that homophobia is still hugely prevalent in both grassroots and professional football and challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions that exist around LGB & T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans) people and work towards a future where the visibility of LGB & T people in football is both accepted and celebrated..
If you love sport and want to learn more about the hugely damaging effect of prejudice and discrimination please read Juliet’s article and also feel free to contribute your own.