Review of 'Homophobia: Let's tackle it!'

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Show Racism the Red Card, the organisation campaigning against racism in football, has produced a DVD and supporting pack under the title 'Homophobia, let's tackle it!' Information about how to get hold of this valuable resource is available from the website www.theredcard.org.

The TUC is delighted to see this new education pack become available at a time when the FA has (some would say, at last) promised to take the endemic problem of anti-LGBT hostility in football seriously. Massive advances have been made in the last two decades both in terms of legal rights, and popular acceptance of LGBT people, but two critical areas seem to have escaped this transformation: football terraces, and education, and the two are of course linked.

The DVD is a really powerful educational resource if used properly - and the education pack provides the support required to achieve this, with basic information and definitions, case studies, clear arguments and cautions too about possible pitfalls. The individual stories placed throughout are perhaps the most powerful argument of all for the necessity of schools taking this material into the curriculum. Warmly recommended!

Peter Purton

LGBT policy officer, TUC.

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