Tackling homophobia and promoting anti-discrimination around major sport events

Queering Football


Duration: 24 months: January 2016 – December 2017

Location: the project is at international level. It has been developed in Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, France and Slovenia.

Applicant / Coordinator:  VIDC (Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation) – Austria


  • Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti (UISP) – Italy
  • European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) – The Netherlands (European network)
  • Football Supporters Europe (FSE) – Germany (European network)
  • Fédération Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne – France
  • Spolint Institute – Slovenia


Funding body: EU Erasmus + Sport Collaborative Partnership 2015



Queering Football project is dedigned to raise awareness through campaigning, trainingand networking. Overall objective is to raise awareness for a wider recognition of homophobia as a main cross-border threat to the integrity of European sport. The project wants to use the UEFA EURO 2016 in France as a pan-European networking and communication platform to tackle discrimination and hatred and to establish a more inclusive football and fan culture.

Using the democratic power and importance of grassroots initiatives, capacity building and the empowerment of LGBTIQ activists, minority and feminist initiatives as well as football supporters and networking between these groups is a key for the Queering Football project.
All these anti-discrimination measures in the context of UEFA EURO 2016 serve as an example for upcoming major sport events to ensure that questions of inclusion, equality and minority rights are on the agenda and anti-discrimination activities are not only part, but precondition if a country/ city is going to host a major sport event.



WS 1: Campaigning against homophobia at UEFA EURO 2016 – conference on “sport and homophobia”; organization of EuroPrideHouse; diversity campaing in France during Euro 2016

WS 2: European Networking and Building Capacity among LGBTIQ and fans during Euro 2016 and Action Week 2016

WS 3: Developing anti-homophobia educational and training tools – organization of three workshops for volunteers, journalists, fans and staff during Euro 2016; design and printing of training and working methods manuals; exhibition "against the rules", conception and realization of new panels in 10 languages

WS 4: Promoting anti-discrimination standards at major sport events; handbook on fundamental rights and major sports events; public hearings in the European Parliament; European conference.


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