Liverpool FC to March at Liverpool Pride 2012
LFC become first Premier League club to March in Pride festival
Liverpool Football Club today announced that it is making a stand to kick homophobia out of football, as it becomes the first Premier League club to be officially represented at a UK LGBT Pride event. The club will show its support at Liverpool Pride on Saturday 4 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. LFC will also have a stall at the market place on the day at the festival’s Waterfront site and will provide signed merchandise for fundraising auctions.
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. LFC also supports 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.
LFC supporters, whether they be LGBT or not, are welcome to join the club’s representatives behind the LFC banner on the Liverpool Pride March. The March musters at William Brown Street from 11am, setting off at midday. The club is registered in the March and Liverpool Pride Stewards will be able to direct those who wish to join behind the banner to the right part of the muster.
Liverpool Pride would be delighted for other football clubs and their supporters to March, whether they are from professional or pub league clubs. Supporters not wishing to behind an LFC banner are welcome to register as a separate club and bring their banners along. Go to liverpoolpride.co.uk/march to register.
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 am delighted to confirm that some Club employees and members from the Liverpool Ladies squad will be participating in the event on 4th August. The event is certainly a positive talking point around Liverpool and it’s an excellent platform to attract local communities and people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of our fantastic city. We wish you every success for the Liverpool Pride “Nautical but Nice” event and we are delighted to provide you with the support of Liverpool Football Club."
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'"
Paul Amann, LGBT Supporters’ Committee Representative said: "As the LFC LGBT Supporters’ Committee Representative and a founding trustee of Liverpool Pride, I am particularly proud of my club for being the first major club to ever support a Pride event. The response of fellow fans has been amazing and whether they are gay or straight many are joining Liverpool Pride’s march in solidarity and celebration of the city’s LGBT community."
Liverpool Pride 2012 will take place at Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head and throughout the city's gay scene, the Stanley Street Quarter. In addition to this, there will be a weekend of cultural events taking place at some of Liverpool’s most influential arts and cultural establishments. The festival’s ‘Nautical but Nice’ theme, chosen in a ballot by 700 members of the local LGBT community, gives a nod to the city’s commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, whilst at the same time, celebrating the city’s rich maritime history and taking advantage of the main festival site, which sits on the banks of the River Mersey.