Last Saturday, 19 November 2022, the 4th BVB day of action under the motto "Black and Yellow and everything in between, promoting greater diversity in football. Tackling LGBTIQ+ discrimination" was held inside the stadium. More than 80 BVB fans took part in various workshops to discuss LGBTIQ+-related issues.

After the enforced two-year break as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, the joy of being able at last to plan another BVB day of action was palpable. BVB, the KoFaS (fan culture and sport-related social work competence group), the "ballspiel.vereint!" fan initiative, and the LGBTIQ+ coordination centre of the city of Dortmund came together to organise this year's day of action together with cooperation partners from the BVB Learning Centre, the BVB Fan Department, the Fan Project Dortmund and fanzine

Managing Director Carsten Cramer, representing Borussia Dortmund, and Mayor of Dortmund, Barbara Brunsing, welcomed the more than 80 BVB fans to the "Hansaplatz" in the stadium. Both stressed the importance and relevance of the topic at this time, and wished everyone involved the best for the 4th BVB day of action.

Vivian Bahlmann (reporter in the RTL/NTV main studio and international rugby player) was the moderator of the BVB day of action, guiding everyone involved through the proceedings of the day.

After the welcome, Christine Brämer from the LGBTIQ+ coordination centre of the city of Dortmund and human rights activist Julia Monro introduced the topic with a presentation. The first workshop phase then began, with all participants able to choose their desired workshop in advance. Among other things, new merchandise products were developed with the help of the BVB Merchandising department, and the topics discussed included #notmystereotype, anti-trans* discrimination, the basics of sexual, romantic and gender diversity, gender-sensitive language, and gay identities and football.

The lunch break was used for a further exchange between the participants and the team, and also a lot of informative material was given out at the market of opportunities. After lunch, launched a second phase of workshops was launched, including several topics available during the morning session. In addition, workshops were held on the topics of allyship, trans* in sport, and HIV and sport.

Once again this year, the BVB day of action also had a creative element: one workshop offered theoretical knowledge on graffiti, before putting theory into practice by designing special, themed banners, for example. As in the past two days of action, a graffiti wall designed by ballspiel.vereint! was created on Saturday in one of the staircases in the South stand.

The day was rounded off by a panel discussion moderated by Vivian Bahlmann on the topic "Black and Yellow and everything in between, promoting greater diversity in football. Tackling LGBTIQ+ discrimination". Nicu Rafael Burgheim (transgender former professional footballer), Dr. Natasha A. Kelly (author and artist with a PhD in Communications Sociology), Björn Hegemann (Head of Fan Affairs) and Jens Koch-Bodes (Data Governance Manager at IONOS (1&1)) spoke about LGBTIQ+ in society and also linked the various issues with football. Insights were given into the anti-discrimination work done at BVB and also into work in the area of diversity at 1&1. In addition to the calls of the panel guests for greater diversity, the participants were also able to put their issues and questions to the panel in a final round.

We would like to thank all participants, guests and the organisers for what was a thoroughly successful BVB day of action.