This week, London clubs, the FA, the Premier League, and fan groups came together at Stamford Bridge to discuss how football can move from LGBTQ+ allyship to action.
During the event hosted by Clare Balding, panellists and an audience of supporters and senior stakeholders from across football discussed the fan perspective on how we move from allyship to action, how we can all tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) hate, and how we can continue to diversify LGBTQ+ fan groups.
The event heard a commitment from the Premier League to bring clubs, leagues, supporter groups and governing bodies together before January 2022 to share best practice on tackling hate and discrimination in football.
The FA for its part agreed to work with Pride in Football, the network of LGBTQ+ fan groups, to support the formation of LGBTQ+ fan groups in the women’s game.
Chelsea Football Club was delighted to host this event and hopes that it provides a springboard for further action. We remain committed to ensuring our club is a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ people, and their friends and families, and will continue to work alongside other clubs and football bodies to address homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and stop hate across the game.
A video of the event will follow on Chelsea channels later this month.