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Homophobia in Football

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Gina Giglioli

on 7 May 2015

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Transcript of Homophobia in Football

Understand homophobia as a form of deviancy in professional male football

Explain and evaluate measures to combat homophobia, specifically through the Rainbow Laces campaign
Structure of Presentation
Contextual Background
Defining Homophobia
Crime or Deviance?
Rainbow Laces Campaign
Homophobia as Deviance
"Deviance may be defined as any social behaviour or social characteristic that departs from the conventional norms and standards of a community or society"
(Beirne and Messerschmidt 1995, p.20)
Reference List
Anderson, E. (2002) Openly gay athletes: Contesting hegemonic masculinity in a homophobic environment. Gender & Society. 16(6). p.860–877.
Anti-Homophobia Group Criticised by Campaigners
[Online] http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24149109 [Accessed 1 May 2015].
Berg, T. (2013) US Soccer Player Rogers Retires [Online] http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/02/15/robbie-rogers-retires-comes-out/1923165/. [Accessed 1 May 2015].
Brown, T. Sumner, K. and Nocera, R. (2002) Understanding Sexual Aggression Amongst Women: An Examination of the Role of Men's Athletic Participation and Related Variables,
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
. 17(9). p. 937-952.
Bush, A., Anderson, E., and Carr. S. (2012) The Declining Existence of Men’s Homophobia in British Sport.
Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.
6(1). p.107-120.
Connell, R.W. (2005)
2nd edn. London: Polity Press.
Connell, R. and Messerschmidt, J. (2005) Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept.
Gender and Society
. 19(6). p. 829-859.
Durkheim, E. (1958)
Professional Ethics and Civic Morals.
New York: Free Press.
The Guardian.
Thomas Hitzlsperger
[Online] http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jan/08/thomas-hitzlsperger-gay-footballer-interview [Accessed 1 May 2015].
The Justin Campaign.
Campaigning Against Homophobia in Football
[Online] http://www.thejustincampaign.com. [Accessed 1 May 2015].
Law Commission.
Hate Crime
[Online] http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/areas/hate_crime.htm [Accessed 1 May 2015].
O’Brien, M & Yar, M. (2008) Criminology: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge.
[Online] http://www.stonewall.org.uk/what_we_do/campaign/rainbow_laces/default.asp [Accessed 1 May 2015].
Young, K. (2012)
Sport, Violence and Society.
London: Routledge.
Rainbow Laces Campaign
Homophobia in Professional Football
When? 13/14 September 2013
What? Wearing rainbow laces
Who? Stonewall and Paddy Power
Why? To kick homophobia out of football
Contextual Background
Justin Fashanu's suidicide in 1998
Lack of openly gay male football players in the Premier League
Robbie Rogers and Thomas Hitzlsperger: The decision to address this issue publicly was a "hard, difficult one"
(The Guardian 2014)
Reinforces stereotypes
(BBC 2013)
Sustainability of the campaign
(Stonewall 2014)
Still no openly gay players in Premier League
Arsenal FC's avid public support
Removing the stigma surrounding homosexuality in football
Initial success and recognition through social media
Company participation in the campaign
Homophobia as a type of deviancy in men's professional football
Details of the Rainbow Laces Campaign sponsored by PaddyPower
Evaluated the extent of the campaign's success
Hegemonic Masculinity
"A way of theorizing gendered power relations among men"
(Connell 2005, p.xvii)
(Brown et al 2002, p.938)
Hegemonic masculinities create a homophobic discourse
(Connell and Messerschmidt 2005, p.831)
"Homophobia presents itself within the sport as a form of resistance against a gay subculture"
(Anderson 2002, p. 861)
'Outline a form of crime or deviance in a specific sport and explain the measures in place (e.g policies, laws, or campaigns) to prevent, regulate or combat it.'
(Stonewall UK 2014)
Defining Homophobia
Homophobia is a fear or intolerance of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgendered (LGBT) persons
(Cauldwell 2007)

"Homophobia is based on the notion that homosexuality is "deviant" or immoral, and it supports prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and violence toward those identified"
(Coakley and Donnelly 2009, p.229)

Young's 18 forms of sport-related violence: #14 Identity Violence
(Young 2012, p.71)
Homophobia as a crime?
Definition of a crime: "behaviours that are formally prohibited and punishable under criminal law"
(O’Brien and Yar 2008, p.32)
Any crime can be defined as a hate crime "if the victim or anyone else believes it was motivated by hostility based on a personal characteristic of the victim."
(Law Commission 2014)
Personal characteristics include: (1) disability; (2) transgender identity; (3) race; (4) religion; and (5) sexual orientation
Criminal Justice Act 2003, s. 146
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