After the suicide of Justin Fashanu in 1998, homophobia is still prevalent in the football community. To this day Justin is still the only professional player in the English league to have come out as gay. After coming out in 1990, many of his colleagues and even members of his own family turned against him.
Justin played for Norwich city between 1978 and 1981 and scored the goal of the season in 1980 against Liverpool. He was inducted into the Norwich City hall of fame in 2003 and had his own banner revealed this year, just days before what would have been his 50th birthday.
Recently we have seen a lot of high profile suicides by teens who have been bullied for their sexuality. This has to stop.
In memory of Justin Fashanu and to prevent the continuation of the homophobia in football, I am asking the players of the newly promoted Norwich City to make an "It Gets Better" video to stop anti-gay bullying in football, sport and society in general.
Please sign this to ask the Norwich City boys to make an It Gets Better video before the start of the 2011-12 season.
Norwich City are not only my team, they are also the team that launched the career of Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay footballer in the world who committed suicide in 1998.
Justin is still the only English league footballer to come out and many think that the way he was treated by the media and the football community has stopped others from coming out. Homophobia and anti-gay bullying are still prevalent in football and in society in general. This needs to stop. My hope is that if just one English football team can do this, others will follow.
Please help me get this signed by the Norwich board and get Norwich City to create an It Gets Better video for all the LGBT footballers and fans out there.