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Android Game App Aims To Counteract Homophobia, Transphobia, Racism And Sexism

06/17/2013 04:42 pm 16:42:04 | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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From professional football players and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies such as Brendon Ayanbadejo to Chris Kluwe, acceptance and tolerance within professional sports is currently a hot topic. Now the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) has found a new way to combat homophobia and transphobia outside of the field and locker room.

With a new Android mobile game app called Up Front, EGLSF is targeting pre-teens and teenagers from ages 11 to 16 using game-based education to promote equality in sports, as Pocketapp.co.uk notes.

As Gay Star News reports, the game is a part of the "Pride In Sport" project and is funded by the European commission (DG Education and Culture Sport).

In addition to attempting to counteract homophobia and transphobia, the game also aims to combat racism and sexism.

It's free and currently exclusively available for Android users. The game can be downloaded from Google Play (formerly known as Android Market).

The application is a multi-level game where users test their dribbling skills while simultaneously being educated about discriminatory attitudes and behavior that is inappropriate in sports.

"Education has a huge part to play in tackling discrimination, hate speech and violence in sport," Andrej Pisl, the EGLSF development officer, is quoted by Gay Star News as saying. "We wanted to create an education tool that young people want to play first and foremost, that helps them understand that football should be for everyone."

As of late, there has been a few LGBT-friendly mobile applications to hit the market. On May 6, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis" was released.

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