The Justin Fashanu Foundation

The Justin Fashanu Foundation

I Founded The Justin Fashanu Foundation in memory of my uncle Justin Fashanu for not only his courage but for his pioneering spirit as Britain's First Openly Gay footballer who tragically took his own life after a career blighted by prejudice.

Whilst football continues to go from strength to strength in terms of popularity and benefits from incredible media coverage, I feel that issues surrounding homophobia, racism and prejudice can lead to many forms of mental health issues which need more of a voice.

With The Justin Fashanu Foundation we are encouraging more positive dialogue around these subjects and we are challenging how people think. This will hopefully lead to greater confidence amongst all participants such that they feel accepted and comfortable to be an individual and that they have a solid support network. This will in turn lead to better access to the supposedly beautiful game for all at every level.

Find The Justin Fashanu foundation on Instagram @thejustinfashanufoundation or visit Our Website 

About The Justin Fashanu Foundation

The Justin Fashanu Foundation

For all his talent Justin Fashanu is still chiefly remembered for being the Britain’s first openly gay professional footballer and for taking his own life. It is largely forgotten that he was football’s first million pound black player and that his playing career spanned 19 years with spells at prominent clubs including Norwich City and Nottingham Forest not to mention representing the England U21 team. 

Despite ‘making it’ as a professional footballer and achieving high praise, particularly in the early years of his top flight football career, Justin wrestled with a number of personal demons and looking back, it seems clear that a lifetime of prejudice, most notably around his sexuality were at the heart of his struggles.

It was considered taboo to ‘come out’ at that time but Justin bucked that trend during his playing days. A feat that does not appear to have been repeated since. The stigma attached with being openly gay during one’s playing career has not changed more than twenty years after Justin’s death and thirty years since his daring admission. We feel that it is a sad reflection of the prejudice that still exists in professional football today and an attitude that we intend to challenge.

On the 19th of February 2019 The Justin Fashanu Foundation was pleased to celebrate Justin's Induction into The National Football Museum Hall of Fame in Manchester. This day was Incredible and marked the beginning of the great work we intend to carry out through the Foundation.

Here are a few links to News Articles of the day.