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Football for All: Conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusion & women’s football

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Join us for an evening of discussion centred around LGBTQ+ inclusion within the women's game, as part of Football v Homophobia month.

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Panellists include Chelsea FC captain and Swedish International Magdalena Eriksson, Tottenham Hotspur's number 1 Chloe Morgan, co-chair of Proud Lilywhites Chris Paorous, Football v Homophobia's Natalie Washington, Goal Diggers FC Coach Ciara Monahan and many more...

Panel 1: You can't win without gay players: What can the men's game learn from the women's? Chaired by Michelle Moore.

‘You can’t win without gay players’ – the famous words of two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe. A traditionally queer-friendly space, as women’s football grows, so too does the platform for LGBTQ+ players. Yet there are still no known gay players in the men’s game. Join us as we examine what makes women’s football so much more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people than the men’s and ask whether this inclusion is felt by players and fans from the grassroots to the professional level.

Panel 2: How queer is the women's game? Chaired by Beth Fisher.

In the past football narratives have relied on lazy gender stereotypes, characterising the women’s game as ‘full of lesbians’ and a culture of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ was once widely reported in the professional game. With recent high profile queer players in the Women’s World Cup making the headlines, the conversation has shifted to how inclusive and welcoming the women’s game is for all women. This panel explores the reality of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the women’s game in 2020. Are all women really welcome?

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Panellists Include:

Magdalena Eriksson is captain of Chelsea FC Women. She joined the club in 2017 having previously played for Swedish club Linköpings FC. She is a Swedish International and was part of the squad that picked up a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Chloe Morgan is a goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur Women, representing in the No.1 shirt. She's currently in her second spell Spurs having spent a season at Arsenal in 2014-2015.

Chris Paorous is a lifelong Spurs supporter who believes football can be a positive force in social and cultural transformation. As Co-Chair of Proud Lilywhites (the official LGBT+ Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Association), Chris works tirelessly to promote LGBT+ inclusion throughout the game, running initiatives to empower LGBT+ fans while helping to educate others. A season ticket holder for the women's and men's teams, Chris offers deep insight into the differing fan experience, both the good and the bad.

A champion of diversity and inclusion, Chris is also a trustee of Kick it Out and on the Board of the Football Supporters Association. Natalie Washington is a transgender woman and campaigner for trans rights, particularly around access to sports & treatment of trans issues by the media. She’s a footballer for Rushmoor Community FC & sits on the Hampshire FA’s Inclusion Action Group, as well as running a network for transgender people in sport. She is also a Trustee of, and sits on the organising committee for Trans Pride Brighton, the UK’s first and biggest Trans Pride

Ciara Monahan. Football plays a major part in every aspect of Ciara's life. She coaches for Goal Diggers FC, an inclusive club for women and non-binary people, plays for Clapton CFC and is an inspiring role model to young people in her full-time job as Practitioner for Football Beyond Borders. Ciara has insights and experience as an LGBT+ footballer, from the pitch to the classroom.

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Panel Chairs

Michelle Moore is a multi-award winning leadership consultant, international speaker, coach and former athlete with over a decade of experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sport and social change. Michelle has been voted as one of the 50 most influential women in sport in the UK. She is a globally recognised executive on inclusive leadership, strategic partnerships, sport for development and innovation working across government, business and charitable sectors.

Beth Fisher - After a 15-year career playing hockey for Wales, during which she won 44 caps for her country, Beth has worked as a commentator, reporter and presenter for a range of broadcasters, most recently for ITV Wales. She has been a board member of Welsh Cycling and has worked for several national governing bodies of sport.

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This event is part of Football vs Homophobia Month of Action. Football v Homophobia (FvH) exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels of football. The campaign works year round, and in February holds a Month of Action during which clubs, fans, players, football authorities and other supporters are asked to take visible action to make football more LGBTIQ+ inclusive.

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Doors: 6.30pm

7pm - 8pm: You can't win without gay players: What can the men's game learn from the women's?

8.15pm - 9.15pm: How queer is the women's game?

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