Liverpool FC has announced they are to march in the city’s gay pride festival, making them first premier league club to show open support for LGBT pride.
The team is captained by England FC’s Steven Gerrard and players will march with the Liverpool Ladies side under a banner displaying the club’s crest. The team will also be selling club merchandise to raise money for pride.
Liverpool FC recently worked with Liverpool Pride on the Football v Homophobia tournament, hosted at the club’s academy earlier this year. The aim of the tournament was to end any association between football and homophobia.
Club supporters, LGBT or not, are all welcome to join the parade behind the marching banner to show their support for the cause. The march will begin at William Brown street, gathering at 11am and marching at midday on 4 August.
Ian Ayre, managing director of Liverpool FC said: ‘Here at LFC, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that equality and principles of inclusion are embedded into all areas of LFC and for many years, we have taken positive steps to promote our stance against homophobia both on and off the pitch.’
‘Liverpool FC have been going through huge changes, and one of them is to work closely with all their supporters,’ said Zoran Blackie, chair of Liverpool Pride. ‘Now by standing alongside us for the march, LFC are showing the LGBT community in the city, “we’ll never walk alone”.’
Liverpool Pride is the UK’s biggest free of charge gay pride festival outside of London. Over 44,000 festival goers attended in 2011.
Liverpool Pride 2012 will take place on 4 August, beginning on the city’s iconic pier. It is being supported by Gay Star News.