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Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance was formed in September 2009 and is based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England.

Aside from the training with its emphasis on tackling prejudice and it's manifestations, Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance are committed to impressing upon participants the right to celebrate aspects of identity. We believe this to be a fundamental cornerstone of Equality and that is contributory to why it is reflected in our name.

The wealth of experience we have has seen us deliver over five hundred training days on Equality, Diversity, racism, religious prejudice and Hate Crime.

We are often requested regularly to give legal advice, written opinions, and expert testimony in criminal proceedings around racism, religious prejudice and Hate Crime.

To date we have been successful in every case we have been asked to provide expertise in.

Our depth of knowledge and expertise on relevant issues has seen us being asked by media on a regular basis in Scotland, England and Ireland for expert analysis on racism, religious prejudice, homophobia, Equality etc. This includes Sky TV, BBC, Talksport, CNN, RTE and others.




"I am a Hindu, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew." -

Mahatma Gandhi


Being LGBT


Visit Spark Replay to listen to "Being LGBT" with resident expert Kieron Brady from Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance, Sunderland, England, UK

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Kieron Brady of Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance is the resident expert on Being LGBT, a Spark Radio show dedicated to issues affecting the LGBT community.

Featured in this section are links to the shows we have appeared in and the respective areas covered.
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Being LGBT : Show Eight: March 20th, 2013



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Speaking is Jenny Scott from Sunderland Arch, an organisation within the City Council where people can report incidents of discrimination and hate crime. We chat with Rob Rutley from Sunderland Pride, he's responsible for getting volunteers involved with the charity and dropped by to talk about volunteering and Easter Pride. Sam takes you around the world, mentioning EVERY country and what rights are like for LGBT people there, including some nations where the death penalty exists for the LGBT community. And Darren Irvine from LGBT running group Northern Front Runners joins us live to talk about an Easter egg hunt, if we need LGBT specific sport groups and much more.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/03/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-8/

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Being LGBT : Show Eleven: April 10th, 2013



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In the wake of the death of Margaret Thatcher there is discussion on how she will be remembered by the LGBT community considering Section 28. Speaking is openly gay Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who joins live from Westminster. Pat Smith from Sunderland City Council talks about same sex parenting, the Council's adoption service has just been labelled 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Also speaking is Sara Donnelly from LGBT greeting card company 'Pride to Be' about why there is a need for such a service.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/04/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-11/

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Being LGBT : Show Fifteen, May 8th, 2013



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The North Eastís Outpost Housing project, which helps homeless LGBT young people has announced itís merging with the Albert Kennedy Trust. Speaking is the CEO of the Trust, Tim Sigsworth, about expanding their operations and teaming up with the newly named AKT Outpost. Also covered is Same sex marriage which has been legalised in Delaware, making it the 11th state to do so, following on from Rhode Island last week. Andy Walsey from Stonewall chats about the Equality Walk which took place on Sunday, the walk has meant £65,000 worth of funding has been raised for the charities latest anti-bullying campaign. And Andrea Walters the Chair of Equality and Diversity at the University of Sunderland talks about their strategy of inclusivity and the year round initiatives they do to support equality.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/05/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-15/

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Being LGBT : Show Five: February 27th, 2013



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Danny from anti-discrimination organisation 'Kick It Out' speaks on homophobia in football and whether clubs are doing enough to tackle it. Sunderland Pride Chairman Arnie Tylor gives details about Easter Pride, which is happening next month. Chris Howson, Sunderland University Chaplain gives his thoughts on same sex marriage. The bill was voted through Parliament earlier this month and we update you on its progress through the committee stage of its journey.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/02/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-5/

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Being LGBT : Show Four: February 20th, 2013



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Response to the Robbie Rogers coming out story. Rogers became the first UK based footballer to come out as gay for over 20 years on Friday. Outpost Housing, an organisation who offer accommodation to homeless LGBT people share their stories. We hear from Chris, who was kicked out by his parents for being gay and Matthew who identifies as trans-gender. Arnie Tylor, Chairman of Sunderland Pride along with Event Director Lynne Roxburgh stop by for a chat about changing attitudes towards LGBT people on Wearside. And Tara Kamp (Tom), who was a drag artist in Sunderland in the 1980's joins in the discussion with his stories of hate crime and violence against gay people.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/02/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-4/


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Being LGBT : Show Fourteen: May 1st, 2013



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Tara from Tyne Trans joins is in the studio to talk about what the organisation offers and her journey as a trans person. Also discussed is ITV's brand new comedy Vicious starring Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as an elderly Gay couple. Thomas Booker from 'LGBTQ in UKIP' talks about alleged homophobic comments made by UKIP councillor John Sullivan via Facebook over the weekend. And there is focus on Jason Collins, Amercian professional basketball player, who has just acknowledged in public that he is Gay.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/05/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-14/

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Being LGBT : Show Nine: March 27th, 2013



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MP for Houghton and Sunderland South chats to us about Homophobia in football as well as the same sex marriage bill which was passed in the House of Commons earlier this year. Helen Belcher from Trans Media Watch gives her take on the death of Trans teacher Lucy Meadows, who died last week. We get Helen's thoughts on whether a change in culture within the tabloid press is needed sooner rather than later. Colin Baxter, one of the actors from Testing Times, a play which is running in Newcastle from April 22nd-27th all about HIV, joins us to talk about his role.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/03/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-9/

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Being LGBT : Show One: January 30th, 2013



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Lindsay England from the Just a Ball Game? initiative says more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in football. Megan Worthing-Davies from Football V Homophobia chats to us live about the campaign and her involvement with the Justin Campaign. Lewis Moody, former England Rugby international speaks out, calling for more open LGBT people in Sport. Gentoo and the Tyne and Wear Fire Service talk to us about being a North East employer included in the Stonewall Top 100 of LGB friendly employers.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/01/being-lgbt-starts-wednesday/

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Being LGBT : Show Ten: April 3rd, 2013



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Dr Mike Davidson from Christian ministry the Core Issues Trust joins us to talk about controversy surrounding their advertisements being banned from London buses. The CIT claim to be able to help people deal with their homosexual feelings, if an individual wants to get rid of them. On their website they say they support "men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression.". Bradley Efthimiou from the Gay Football Supporters Network talks about a damning report released by them into homophobic abuse received by Brighton & Hove Albion FC supporters.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/04/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-10/

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Being LGBT : Show Three: February 13th, 2013



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Clarke Carlisle the Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association, the trade union for football players spoke about homophobia in football and the lack of openly Gay or Bisexual players. Do clubs, including Sunderland AFC, need to do more to tackle it? Also - What was Sunderland AFC's response when we asked them to comment on homophobia in Sport? Playwright Steve Burbridge, a former Sunderland University student joins us to talk about a play about HIV and AIDS called 'Testing Times' which is showing in Newcastle later this year.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/02/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-3/

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Being LGBT : Show Twelve: April 17th, 2013



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Lindsay England from the Just a Ball Game? initiative is in the studio to discuss homophobia in football and whether enough is being done to address it. Pauline Fleming, who plays Brenda in 'Testing Times' a play opening in Newcastle next week, about a young gay man with Aids joins us for a chat. Also covered is New Zealand, which has become the 13th country to legalize same sex marriage.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/04/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-12/

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Being LGBT : Show Two: February 6th, 2013



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The same sex marriage bill was passed in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening after a lengthy debate. Speaking are Chris Ashford, a Reader in Law and Society at Sunderland University, and Michael Flynn from the Christian People's Alliance. Mark Nichols, the Communications Director of Northern Pride is in the studio to talk about Pride festivals and if the LGBT community still needs them to celebrate who they are.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/02/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-2/

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Being LGBT: Show Seven: March 13th, 2013



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Susan Musgrove from Northern Pride stops by to talk about what it was like growing up trans. Susan educates on what life is like for trans people and the process of claiming acceptance. Peter Tatchell chats about his many years of human rights campaigning including fighting for LGBT rights and even performing a citizens arrest on the President of Zimbabwe and refers to CICI's Kieron Brady as an inspiration.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/03/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-7/

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Being LGBT: Show Seventeen, May 22nd, 2013


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More history for the same sex marriage bill in the UK, as it officially passes through the House of Commons. We assess whats next for the bill as it continues on to the House of Lords, and chat to Helen Belcher from Trans Media Watch about a number of amendments, which MPís had tried to add to the bill relevant to Trans people. Those amendments were dismissed and discussed is what it means for the Trans community. Also speaking are various representatives who attended a flag raising at the Civic Centre for the International Day Against Homophobia. Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director for Sunderland Football Club chats about homophobia in football, Sunderland AFC recently raised the rainbow flag for IDAHO day.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/05/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-17/

Being LGBT: Show Six: March 6th, 2013



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Human rights campaigner and Sunderland Pride patron Peter Tatchell chats to us about Homophobia in football, including his friendship with Justin Fashanu, one of only two UK based players to ever come out as gay. Claire Bewley from Durham County Council talks about same sex adoption, and trying to urge LGBT people to adopt. India Thomas, the one and only candidate for LGBT officer at the Sunderland Student Union elections, chats about why she should get the role as well as homophobia in Sport.

www.sparksunderland.com/shows/2013/03/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-6/

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Being LGBT: Show Sixteen, May 15th, 2013


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We look forward to International Day Against Homophobia, which is being marked in 80 countries on Friday (May 17th). Find out what it all means including what will be happening in Sunderland. Minnesota became the 12th American state to legalise same sex marriage on Monday, but there are still 38 states which donít have equal marriage legislation. Adrian Trett Chair of the LGBT Liberal Democrats talks about the continuing fight across many European countries for same sex marriage. The UK marriage bills returns to the House of Commons next week.

www.sparksunderland.com/featured/2013/05/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-16/

Being LGBT: Show Thirteen: April 24th, 2013



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Krissie Akrill from the North East's 'Outpost Housing Project' talks about why the charity is so important and all about an upcoming fundraiser to continue to help LGBT people who have been made homeless. Also discussed is the latest move in the fight for same sex marriage, France has become the 14th country in the world to do so following on from New Zealand last week. And Sam Roberts, a former Sunderland University student talks about why she's decided to setup LGBT Travel UK, a travel company specifically aimed at the LGBT community.

www.sparksunderland.com/sparkfm/2013/04/spark-replay-being-lgbt-show-13/

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Monday 15/7/2013

CICI - New Equality and Hate Crime training


In addition to our ACAS reviewed e-services we have now added a wide range of specific training and education around Equality, Diversity and Hate Crime.

All courses have content that is ACAS reviewed or based on our knowledge, expertise and experience in giving legal advice, written opinions and expert testimony in criminal proceedings in Hate Crime cases.

Below is a list of half day courses with a brief summary of the content -

Equality and Diversity

This training is taken from our ACAS reviewed e-learning course and e-book. It covers the nine protected characteristics, the various forms of discrimination, harassment, action, reasonable adjustments, vicarious liability etc.

Hate Crime

We focus on the constituent parts of Hate Crime legislation, give the audience an understanding of the threshold in criminal law and impart information which gives greater confidence in knowing what constitutes a Hate Crime.

Equality and Hate Crime

Training which covers both issues, covering the 9 protected characteristics as well as the five components relating to Hate Crime.

Racism ( Skin Colour )

Emphasis on racism through skin colour and the nuances that give rise to racist incidents. We also focus on premeditation and the options available in reporting such offences.

Islamophobia

CICI offer training with specific detail on abusive and aggressive behaviours directed against the Muslim community, and crucially, those assumed to be from the Muslim community.

Racism ( Nationality/Ethnicity )

Within this training we dispel myths that racism is solely around skin colour, give examples of Hate Crime through nationality and ethnicity or perceptions to that end.

Homophobia/LGBT

We give attention to sentiments that are anti-Gay in nature, how commonplace they are both at home and abroad and the severity of Hate Crime against people who are from the broad LGBT community.


Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance continues to work on expanding our training services in all areas of Equality and Hate Crime. We hope to have news on other forms of training in due course.

If you are interested in any training then please contact us at contact@cici.org.uk

Corporate


CICI sessions are tailored with a workplace environment very much in mind but which will also have a resonance within wider society.


Our training is designed to cover key areas for both employers and employees and each activity is relevant to the day to day operations of the modern day workforce apropos Equality and Diversity.

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"All major religions carry the same messages, messages of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. I have Muslim friends, Christian friends. All have these same values."

Dalai Lama speaking at the Ethics for the New Millennium Conference in Edinburgh Scotland in November of 2005.

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In modern times, throughout industry and commerce, workforces have a level of diversity that is greater than at any time in history. As a result it is imperative that employers are fully aware of the rights and responsibilities of staff and of their duty of care towards employees.

Celebrate Identity, Challenge Intolerance (CICI) offer a range of activities and exercises which cater for these realities and is designed to offer good practice vis a vis the constituent parts of Equality. The sessions are tailored with a workplace environment very much in mind but which will also have a resonance within wider society.

CICI offers an enjoyable programme designed to address issues relating to all aspects of equality issues. The aim is to enable businesses and organisations to provide management and staff with an understanding of the complexities relating to workplace issues such as harassment and victimisation.

We aim to afford employers safeguards by impressing upon them the necessity to adhere to the various recommendations and requirements of Equality Legislation. Our courses and workshops aim to ensure that employers are fully aware of the rights and responsibilities of staff and of their duty of care towards employees.

We can provide training packages which include a range of activities and exercises aimed at raising awareness and understanding of equality issues. Examples of good practice will also be illustrated relating to different aspects of Equality Legislation. Including: race, religion, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Programmes are flexible and tailored to meet the precise needs of the organisation.

To further discuss your workplace requirements, and training needs and for information regarding cost and availability, please contact CICI at contact@cici.org.uk

















"We are here, not because we are law-breakers, we are here in our efforts to become law-makers." Emmeline Pankhurst



E-Learning


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Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance is now able to offer employers an e-Learning solution regarding Equality and Diversity training for staff.


The programme covers all nine protected characteristics under Equality legislation :
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Maternity and Pregnancy
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Gender Reassignment


It educates around the various forms of discrimination, harassment, victimisation, action, reasonable adjustments and occupational requirements. This course also covers terms of abuse in relation to the protected characteristics and will also focus on stereotypes and generalisations that exist in the working environment.

We have involved ACAS, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service and who have expertise in such matters,
in the development and reviewing of our Equality and Diversity course so you can be confident the material covers the main issues required by the 2010 Equality Act.

For more information on our e-learning course or e-book please contact us at contact@cici.org.uk

Equality in Football


Kieron Brady of Celibrate Identity, Challenge Inequality is a regular contributor to Football Club Magazine - click to visit site

Football Club Magazine


Kieron Brady of Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance is a regular contributor to Football Club Magazine, writing on many issues around Equality, Hate Crime and discrimination in professional football.

See articles below.

A line in Brighton sands

Hit and Ms

Can Respect Emerge through FA?

Shine a Light Brighton Homophobia

A Race for Equality

Paolo can you go?

Speech Of Kieron Brady, Ex-Sunderland AFC on becoming Patron of Gay Pride ( Sunderland )


Expert Testimony


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Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance has, over the course of the last year, been asked to provide professional advice, written opinion and expert testimony in legal proceedings around Equality matters and Hate Crime. With a wealth of experience around racial and religious intolerance our expertise has been sought in order to assist in cases around such matters and this advice and evidence has proved pivotal in these cases, ensuring that those from within the legal profession who have requested our advice and testimony managed to gain the desired outcome for their clients.

If you have any questions or queries around Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance and assistance in these matters then please get in touch with us at

contact@cici.org.uk

Mission Statement


Celebrate Identity, Challenge Intolerance

Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance is an Equality focused consultancy that aims to educate around the issues of Equality and Diversity. With particular expertise in the areas of racism and religious intolerance, we try to teach young people in particular about the dangers involved in adopting and sustaining attitudes of intolerance and ignorance against individuals and groups as a result of skin colour, nationality, national origin, ethnicity, culture and religion or faith.

We are also fully committed to adhering to the principles of Equality and are completely opposed to prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups because of gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Aims & Objectives

  • To ensure that those we engage with comprehend the futility of holding hostile and hateful attitudes against others with differing aspects of identity
  • To bring an understanding that the commonalities we have are greater than what makes us different
  • To illustrate that the differences we have are superficial and unimportant in comparison to the character of the individual
  • To impress upon our audience that we are all susceptible to being victims of intolerance
  • To highlight the negativity of individuals holding attitudes motivated by racial and religious intolerance
  • To encourage good citizenship
  • To dispel myths propagated against different groups, these myths being contributory to stereotypes and generalisations, which in turn prove to be a source of hostility and hatred



"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela



Wednesday 30/1/2013

Radio work - Being LGBT - Sunderland Spark FM


Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance now features on a weekly radio programme which concentrates on issues that are relevant to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community.

CICI consultant Kieron Brady is resident expert on Spark Sunderland FM every Wednesday to discuss such issues.

Listen live on www.sparksunderland.com/category/sparkfm/ or browse through past weeks' discussions - Being LGBT Radio

Saturday 19/1/2013

Sunderland Gay Pride


Kieron Brady, consultant with Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance, recently became Patron of Sunderland Pride. Below is his acceptance speech in full.


Can I first of all express my gratitude for being afforded the opportunity to become Patron of Sunderland Pride. I hope that in a capacity as a former footballer and Equality practitioner I can contribute, even in a small way, to the ongoing challenges to ensure a more equitable society for those within the LGBT community and to encourage others, regardless of their own sexual orientation, that prejudice, discrimination and Hate Crime against the LGBT community has no place in society.

As an ex-footballer I find it hugely disappointing that there has not been progress in my former field around the issue of homophobia. Whilst efforts of late may illustrate a greater resolve to address the issue of anti-Gay abuse within football environs I cannot help but conclude that such endeavours have a futility and are disingenuous if they do not co-exist with a determination to create the conditions in the daily lives of players which would allow players to volunteer into the public domain, if they so desired, an acknowledgement that they are Gay or Bi-sexual.

Being proponents of eradicating overt homophobia, whilst simultaneously disregarding this fundamental of Equality, does not reflect well on our national game. It is akin to removing the voice box but being contented with the elephant still in the room. In short, what is bellowed from within professional football is an offering of equality with a small E and that is not conducive to aligning football with other sports, notably, and recently, rugby and cricket but also with other forms of industry out with sport.

It begs the question why football is so gay to address Race issues but not in any race to address Gay issues.

How then do we create such a confidence in our players who are Gay and Bi-sexual? An imperative is a greater awareness of their rights as players, employees and citizens. Such knowledge through tailored training is essential in conveying that they enjoy the same rights as the factory worker, the office temp and the call centre employee. I would call on the footballing authorities to exert greater pressure on clubs to this end. Throughout the last twenty years football clubs have co-operated with such worthwhile bodies like Kick it out and Show Racism the Red Card to combat the social cancer and scourge of racism. They, the clubs, deserve a great deal of credit for adhering to social responsibility and there is a de facto acceptance that they have an enhanced profile in the respective community. In terms of corporate responsibility however and their capacity as employers there has to be greater address and recognition that despite the culture of celebrity that players occupy they are still employees and as such should be empowered regarding an awareness of both their rights and responsibilities. Within that context should be recognition that racism possesses no hierarchy over anti-Gay sentiments. This also has relevance around industry in its entirety. Employers have to move away from the culture of selective Equality training which affords such awareness to senior staff and disregards the rights of the perceived lower level workforce. I do want to make clear on this point that footballers have no greater or less rights than anyone else within society. I do believe however that the emergence of openly Gay or Bi-sexual players can, if managed in an appropriate fashion, be advantageous in terms of challenging homophobia in wider society.

I look forward to the day when a footballer being Gay is, inevitably, headline news. I do however long for the time when a footballer being Gay is not news at all.

With respect to what exists further afield around homophobia and Hate Crime it is evident that so much work is required to advance the struggle for Equality. From its genesis in South Africa and the sub-human concept of corrective rapes against the Lesbian community to the state sponsored execution of the Gay community elsewhere, and to Hate Crime more locally, we can recognise that crimes against nature are as much a reality as the oft recorded crimes against humanity from elsewhere around the globe.

Finally, I am uncertain as to whether I am the first footballer to become Patron of a Gay Pride community. I sincerely hope I am not the last.

Prejudice and Discrimination is, in the main, started by the intolerance of the minority. It is however sustained by the indifference of the majority. As a consequence I fully believe that it is up to all those with compassion and empathy permeating through their attitude to life and people to stand alongside the LGBT community in attempting to create a more egalitarian society that can be inherited by generations to come.

Thank you very much.



Kieron Brady
Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance




Contact us at contact@cici.org.uk

Friday 11/2/2011

The 'Gay Footballer' anomaly


Below is an article written in February 2011 by CICI consultant, former Sunderland player, and Sunderland Pride Patron, Kieron Brady on the issue of Gay players in professional football.



The last taboo. That oft-spouted mantra that by now has a familiarity to all within the LGBT community vis a vis the issues of homophobia, homosexuality and football. It raises the perpetual questions as to why the national game has not yet succeeded in creating an atmosphere where a player can enter into the public domain that his sexual orientation differs from that of most, if not all, of his colleagues.

My career in the game was brief, a blood condition was sufficient in ensuring that my lifelong aspirations were to be curtailed not long after my teenage years were a reality. I was in the game, and moreover the environs of the changing room, long enough however to perhaps locate one of the areas which is contributory to why the aforementioned atmosphere has yet to be realised. The answer, ironically may not have its roots in homophobia per se but more so around the sexism and, some would contend, borderline misogyny that permeates through the 'locker room' and acts almost as a de facto clause on ones contract of employment.

We should put to bed instantly any promotion that football is engulfed by the profoundly intolerant. The game, certainly not from experience or knowledge, is not immersed with Westboro-esque attitudes, the 'Christian' collective hailing out of Topeka, Kansas whose raison d'etre is hatred of many but have acquired infamy through their spleen being directed at the LGBT community through their 'Godhatesfags' promotion. Real Christian eh !!!

Within the discourse around this it is more important to emphasise that the obstacles to a player placing his sexuality into the public arena are more likely to be because the player, or players, are reticent owing to the reality that this feature of their identity emasculates them in an environment of overwhelming manliness, a manliness which sees many within the game pursuing through persistent promiscuity with adoring fans and wannabee 'wags'

Footballers, particularly the younger players, enter the lair with a greenness, their learning of the game coinciding with being brought into a sub-culture of socialising, excesses and omnipotent peer pressure which stipulates that scoring on a Saturday night is as important as finding the net hours previous. This almost inescapable aura is contributory to why any player, either Gay or bi-sexual in earlier years or who has realised this in a post-pubescent period will go through periods of uncertainty, not around his sexuality, around whether such a public proclamation is conducive to maintaining his place amongst the pack. For most, a declaration that one is asexual would be a preferred option, their inner turmoil convincing them that it would be better to state that I am different, but I am not that different which may lead to an instinctive thought amongst others that screams 'What if he fancies me'. It would be laughable if without an underlying seriousness.

With the celebrity of footballers at unprecedented levels it is difficult to see how this will alter any time soon, fame and fortune are magnetic, both have an allure to the impressionable and as this is a reality that abounds throughout all genres of entertainment it is somewhat unrealistic to expect the beautiful game and its nuances to manifest themselves in a wholly different manner.

And so the question remains, how can the atmosphere be created where players would, if they wished, be prepared to make known that they are Gay or bi-sexual ? The answer, though I am not naive enough to think it is definitive, is in education and a greater awareness of their rights and as important, their responsibilities. As a young player I was bereft of any knowledge around employees rights, I paid by 'subs' to the PFA without actually knowing what the monies were for or indeed what I could expect from the players association if a situation required their assistance. Professional football can be akin to the military, the new recruits are indoctrinated to a degree into respecting their seniors and any dissent, regardless of having a potent or justifiable argument, is generally met with contempt that one would have the audacity to question the authority of one of the deified. This schooling only serves to de-individualise players, it prepares the players for clichťs and conformity which in turn leads to robotic rhetoric about 'Me scoring is not important, as long as the team wins' and 'If I can be half as good as x player I will be doing well'. Young players in particular know full well that other retorts to the mundane questioning of post match interviews can lead to scornful elder statesmen in the ensuing days workplace.

I recently said in an interview that to make a breakthrough regarding homophobia in society that an order of events would be a footballer making public his Bi-sexuality or that he is Gay, then in light of any abuse in the environment of his working life it would be imperative for stringent action to make clear that homophobia has no place in the game or in society and this would act as a deterrent for those prepared to exhibit their ignorance and intolerance. Like racism in yesteryear the calm came after the storm as it were and I believe that challenging the issues of sexism, sexual harassment and discrimination will have gains made through events of late within Sky TV. I daresay across industry in the ensuing days many who had absorbed the coverage of this episode learned what actually constitutes sexual harassment or discrimination and have suddenly felt empowered and this new found knowledge may lead to employees across working life recognising that such behaviours cannot simply be excused as workplace levity which infers that a victim has 'no sense of humour' or are 'over sensitive' if they are unprepared to accept such jibes around their gender. I can appreciate that within the stresses of employment humour is a vital component in absenting the anxieties that the job brings but wit is at its best when all concerned are genuinely laughing and not in order to secrete their angst at the subject matter.

Someone asked me recently if I thought we would have made great strides if one day the papers had splashed across the front pages that a top footballer was Gay. I replied that we will, but not as much as when we are at a stage and a professional player being Gay is NOT front page news. We may have to experience a storm before the calm so to speak, many social inequalities only begin to be deconstructed and the course of history altered through a pivotal moment and watershed when someone decides to take a stand, even if the person momentarily has little idea of the momentous events that can follow. I give you a public bus in Alabama, Rosa Parks and a disputed and dilapidated chair.

In the context of the 'Gay footballer' we have to ensure that any public acknowledgement does not have diuretic properties for the footballing establishment. They have to be prepared to clampdown on any invective emanating from supporters, however, in order for the confidence to be created in the former players have to know that they have entitlements and protection as footballers, employees and, as important, as citizens.

If that confidence can come through Equality training and education then it is worth pursuing as the outcome, if managed aptly, will be beneficial in making a more egalitarian society. To remove the last taboo it may be necessary for the authorities and clubs to say to fans in the strongest terms that you will be the last to boo.


Kieron Brady
www.cici.org.uk

What is ?


What is Racism?

In the modern world racism has many definitions and many more manifestations. The current Oxford dictionary defines racism as: 'noun
  1. the belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to each race.
  2. discrimination against or antagonism towards other races'.
Although there is a veracity to what is outlined above, it does not cover the consquent manifestations and is incapable of illustrating the profound hostility and hatred that can be constructed as a result of subscribing to these attitudes. From such prejudices comes discrimination in a plethora of ways. This discrimination now affects many people through skin colour, nationality, national origin and ethnicity. Through more freedom of movement the issue of immigration is very much to the fore, and with that comes lies and distortions from agendised individuals and bodies, not least media outlets, particularly those with a historic hostility to immigrants.

In modern times racism against people based upon their skin colour, particularly those from a perceived African or Caribbean background has became more and more socially unacceptable and whilst this societal disapproval is welcome, racism against others because of national identity, national origin and ethnic identity has became more and more problematic.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their skin colour, nationality, national origin, ethnicity and culture.

What is religious intolerance?

This, like racism in many ways has been evident for centuries and has led to conflict and persecution across the globe. However it is worth noting that the overwhelming majority of the world's population who adhere to religious teachings do so without engendering or encouraging a hostility towards others and their religion or faith.

The reality is that many who hold such hostile attitudes to others of different faiths possess only a warped religious identity and not a genuine religious lifestyle. From the historic anti-Catholic sentiments in Scotland and Ireland, to anti-Semitism which pervades various groups globally to the recent upsurge in anti-Islamic sentiments in both Britain and Europe there is a constant need to remain vigilant regarding the divisive agendas of both individuals and groups whose motives lead to a more disharmonious society.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their religion or faith.

What is Homophobia ?

Prejudice and its outworkings against people as a result of their sexuality has been prevalent for centuries. This has been exacerbated by figures within or claiming to speak on behalf of various religions and denominations within mainstream faiths on the issue of sexual orientation.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their sexual orientation.

What is Ageism?

Discrimination against individuals and groups through perceptions of age continues to exist within daily life, particularly the workplace environment. We are fully supportive of the belief that the capability and competence of any individual is the only consideration apropos employment practice or indeed within wider society.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their age.

What is Sexism?

The matter of gender inequality is another area which has its roots from many years ago. The effects of the disenfranchisement of women across country, creed and culture from bygone days still has a resonance today. There is more of an equitable society in areas which women were traditionally prohibited from but there are still areas and mindsets which cannot fully comprehend the concept of gender equality. Additionally the after effects of such archaic attitudes can still be felt today with women still under represented in positions of authority across industry, commerce and the social spectrum.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their gender.

What is Disablism?

The abuse of individuals and groups through disability is commonplace in society. Such abuses and prejudices have ensured that discrimination continues to exist in this area. The disability of an individual does not mean he or she is unable in a multitude of areas, yet there remains a worrying belief amongst some that those with specific disabilities are of no value to society. CICI are proponents of the belief that an individual's competence and capability should always be the only consideration regarding employment practice and that in wider society those with disabilities should not be subjected to verbal and physical abuse through disability.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of disability.

"True and transparent Equality is only achievable when the suppressed, armed with conviction, see themselves as equal."

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We are focused on challenging the attitudes that impact upon people and groups adversely as a result of how nature has created them.

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