Liverpool FC join Pride event to kick homophobia out of football.By Bethan Hockey
Liverpool Football Club is taking a stand to "kick homophobia out of football".
The Anfield outfit will become the first Premier League club to be officially represented at a gay rights event when it joins Liverpool Pride on 4th August.
LFC will provide a banner featuring the club crest with LFC staff and LFC Ladies FC marching together with LFC LGBT and other supporters at Liverpool Pride. They will also have a stall at the Pier Head market place on the day and will provide signed merchandise for fundraising auctions.
Ian Ayre Managing Director at Liverpool Football Club said: "Here at LFC, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that equality and principles of inclusion are embedded into all areas of Liverpool Football Club and for many years, we have taken positive steps to promote our stance against homophobia both on and off the pitch.
"I'm delighted to confirm that some Club employees and members from the Liverpool Ladies squad will be participating in the event on 4th August."
" We wish every success for the Liverpool Pride 'Nautical but Nice' event and we are delighted to provide the support of Liverpool Football Club."
LFC has already worked with Liverpool Pride on the "Football v Homophobia" tournament, which was hosted at the club's Academy for the first time earlier this year, and the club is also a supporter of the the Justin Campaign. A national campaign aiming to challenge LGBT misconceptions and strive towards a future where everyone is accepted within all levels of football.
Zoran Blackie Chair of Liverpool Pride said:"Liverpool Football Club have been going through huge changes, and one of them is to work closely with all their supporters - and they’ve showed that before by hosting our Football Vs Homophobia tournament.
"Now by standing alongside us for the march, LFC are showing the LGBT community in the city that 'We’ll never walk alone'."