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UK’s First Lesbian Football Club ‘The Belfast Braves’

UK’s First Lesbian Football Club ‘The Belfast Braves’ will participate in The Justin Campaign tournament at the University of Nottingham Sports Center.

The Telegraph reports:

How many out gay sports stars can you name? Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Gareth Thomas . . . the list runs out pretty quickly. As for football, the Premiership rollcall begins and ends with Justin Fashanu, who died by suicide in 1990. Many gay activists argue that the pressures he faced as an out-of-the-closet footballer ? and the first black British player to command a ?1m transfer fee ? contributed to his problems.

The charity set up in Fashanu’s memory, the Justin Campaign, this week hosted a tournament in Nottingham featuring gay-friendly teams from all over the country ? including the UK’s first lesbian FC, Belfast Braves.

The Braves include women who participated in the Northern Ireland Ladies’ Football Association league, but felt a dedicated lesbian club was necessary “to create a safer environment”, according to general manager Lesley Todd. “Our experience is that lesbian players on regular teams can be singled out for whispering campaigns.

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