Fleeing persecution, Gays and lesbians in the UK can look forward to much better deal in the near future with designers being asked to come out with an insignia to help sports clubs, fans and players mark their support for the government's campaign to end homophobia and transphobia out of sport.
The Home Office said: `Budding designers have been asked to create an emblem to help sports clubs, fans and players mark their support for the government's campaign to kick homophobia and transphobia out of sport;’.
Elaborating, Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone said: 'Over 2,000 individuals and clubs have already signed up to the Government Charter for Action to kick homophobia and transphobia out of sport and I thank them for their support.
'The competition will help encourage even more people to get involved and spread the message far and wide that homophobic and transphobic abuse is never acceptable.'
Rugby Union star Ben Cohen will choose the top designs from all the entries; it will then be over to the general public to vote in February for the winner. The winning design will become the official logo for the campaign.
Ben Cohen, MBE, England Rugby World Cup champion, said: 'I am passionate about standing up against homophobia and making sure sport is a welcoming place for everyone. The winning logo will allow sports fans, players and clubs to clearly show their support for tackling this issue and help unite everyone who loves sport behind this important campaign.'
Prizes donated by The Football Association, The Football League, The Lawn Tennis Association, the Rugby Football League and Ben Cohen include: a mascot package for under 11’s at an England Football International at Wembley; two tickets to the Championship playoff finals at Wembley; two tickets to the AEGON tennis Championship at Queens; four tickets to the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final; a signed Ben Cohen shirt; and a tour of Wembley Stadium.
The logo competition is targeted at young people but is open to anyone with creative flair. Applicants have been asked to come up with a design that conveys a message of inclusion and respect in sport.