Welcome to Pride in Football, the alliance of LGBT Fan Groups. It is estimated that around 6% of the population are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans; in football terms that’s more than 2000 LGBT fans at an average Premier League game or 5000 at Wembley. And yet little has been done to curb the homophobic abuse regularly heard in English and Welsh Football stadia, or to make LGBT supporters feel welcome.
Recently supporters at a number of clubs took the initiative and set up LGBT fan groups to establish a dialogue with their own clubs to improve their match day experience – focusing on improvements in areas such as Steward Training, Incident Reporting and Signage as well as generally promoting the visibility of their clubs’ LGBT fan-base via Banners displayed at grounds or club presence on Pride Parades for example.
Pride in Football wants to share Good Practice, help new groups form and represent needs and views to Football administrators and others. We’ve just published our #CallitOut – a report of a meeting reviewing the growth of LGBT+ Fan Groups.