In 2012, EGLSF hosted the first Pride House at a UEFA European Football Championship. Located in Warsaw, Poland, it was also the first Pride House to be held in Eastern Europe.

00_eph_ceedMeant to be a meeting point for LGBTIQs and a safe space for queer fans that visit the Euros. Euro Pride House also raised awareness of LGBTIQ people in football as supporters and participants and helped create a dialogue amongst football stakeholders on homophobia and transphobia particularly in Eastern Europe.

Euro Pride House opened on June 8, 2012 with the reading of letters of support from UEFA and Ukrainian human rights activists.

Campaigns

YOUR Euro Pride House

Aimed at addressing proximity limitations and safety concerns, the YOUR Euro Pride House campaign (which might be described as a precursor to the “remote Pride House” idea implemented during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games) was designed to encourage all European LGBT people to engage in Euro Pride House. Understanding that many LGBT players, fans, and activists will be watching Euro 2012 matches in their own countries, YOUR Euro Pride House engages these people through football. The campaign was designed to enable fans to be a part of Euro Pride house by printing out the Euro Pride House logo from the Facebook page and posting a photo of themselves and their friends/team mates celebrating Euro 2012 wherever they are.

Wear a Rainbow at Euro 2012

In May of 2012, Svyatoslav Sheremet, the head of the Gay-Forum of Ukraine, was beaten at the first-ever Pride Parade in Kiev. The Wear a Rainbow at Euro 2012 campaign was designed to show solidarity with LGBT people during the Euros. Rainbow wristbands were available at Pride House Warsaw, and at various other places throughout Poland and Ukraine.