The Football Association (FA) has launched a new policy today for transgender people playing football.
During a LGBT workshop at Wembley Stadium, FA’s Equality Manager, Funke Awoderu, said:“This is a pioneering move for football and one which is designed to help give visibility to the trans community.”
The guidelines were unveiled for a way in which transgender people can request to play for a team of their affirmed gender in the FA.
“It is something true to The FA’s mantra that football really is for everyone and I’m pleased this provision has been made to trans people wanting to get involved in our national game,” Awoderu said.
Today’s event includes LGBT people who work with Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Tuesday December 2 will see a second event take place at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, UK.
The events are free and hope to educate attendees on how to best engage with LGBT groups in football. The sessions examine homophobia and transphobia in the sport, along with the language used and how to counter the issues at hand.
Guest presenters include member’s of prominent UK LGBT rights group Stonewall, whose CEO revealed she knows of closeted gay footballers in an interview last week.
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