The main message is that football is a space open to everyone, with respect for all differences: “Be yourself, to play together”!
The FSGL (Fédération Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne, the French Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation) ans several of its member associations are taking part in the activities: FC Paris Arc-En-Ciel, Panamboyz United, MUST Marseille, Cargo Lyon, Centre LGBT Nice. SOS Homophobie and les Dégommeuses are also participating.
The EuroPrideHouse is part of a broader campaign for diversity in football and part of the European project “Queering Football Tackling Homophobia and Promoting Anti-Discrimination around Major Sport Events”.
What is EuroPrideHouse?
The aim of this PrideHouse event, like the previous ones, is to encourage European LGBT people to come together, around a football event and to promote tolerance. EuroPrideHouse 2016 aims to provide visibility, combat stereotypes, and promote an open and tolerant football culture where everyone is welcome.
It is a safe and welcoming meeting place for athletes, fans and LGBT visitors (acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersexual and queer/questioning people) and their friends. It is a place where you can meet others, learn about homophobia in sport, discover the LGBT associations and clubs, take part in competitions and enjoy Euro2016.
THE EUROPRIDEHOUSE 2016 PROGRAMME
EuroPrideHouse 2016 pre-kick off
May 13-15 in Paris saw the pre-kickoff announcement of the events for the EuroPrideHouse 2016, with a table football tournament at the Tournoi International de Paris (TIP). For two days people participated in an open tournament held in the Carreau de Temple in the Marais.
Here ar the main milestone events of the EuroPrideHouse 2016:
Launching of Pride House in the Fanzone at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, 11 June
- Saturday 11th June, 5 pm
General public information and awareness-raising, e.g.:
# Welcoming and launch of EuroPrideHouse 2016 bei FSGL and Queering Football project
# Promotion and information material
Symposium June 15-16, 2016 in Lyon: Sports, discrimination, homophobia : From vulnerability to innovation
The two day symposium is organized by the Laboratoire sur les Vulnérabilités et l’Innovation dans le Sport (L-Vis) by the Université Claude Bernard Lyon1 (Philippe Liotard, socologist), the FSGL and Paris2018.
This conference marks the 30th anniversary of the FSGL, 5 and 10 years after the two previous events.
Local activities in Marseille an Nice
- 18 June, 25 June and 2 July: Regional actions - Weekends in Nice and Marseille
More info on the local activities (French only):
Public Viewing of Semi-Finals and Final in Paris
- 6 – 10 July: EuroPrideHouse Public Viewing-event in Paris where semi-finals and finals will be retransmitted live
The PrideHouse Movement
The PrideHouse movement emerged during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. There have been PrideHouses at the London Olymics in 2012, the Euro2012 in Poland and Ukraine, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, and the PanAmerican Games 2015 in Toronto. A special edition was set up for the Sotchi Winter Olympics, with help from an international network, because the host country refused the presence of a PrideHouse in their country.
Background: Queering Football project
"Queering Football Tackling Homophobia and Promoting Anti-Discrimination around Major Sport Events” (2016-2017) is a European project co-funded under the Erasmus + Sport Programme “Collaborative Partnerships 2015”.
Queering Football aims at raising awareness for a wider recognition of homophobia recognizing that homophobia – prejudices and violence against LGBTIQs – is still one of the main and untackled problems in European football.
EuroPrideHouse 2016 is part of this comprehensive program that coordinates the actions of the following international partners:
● VIDC – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation
● EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation)
● FSE (Football Supporters Europe)
● UISP (Unione Italiana Sport per tutti)
● SPOLINT (Institute of Sport Development)
EuroPrideHouse 2016 is supported by:
● The European Union via Erasmus+ (project selected in 2016) co-funded project "Queering Football Tackling Homophobia and Promoting Anti-Discrimination around Major Sport Events”
● Paris 2018