One of Scotland’s most popular soccer teams, Rangers FC, has officially recognized its frist LGBTI supporters goup.
Launched in Glasgow this week, Ibrox Pride, will aim to make the game more inclusive for supporters.
‘It is great that the Club has officially recognised Ibrox Pride,’ said Rangers player, Andy Halliday.
‘Football is for everyone and the players appreciate the backing of every Rangers fan.
‘Wherever we play supporters follow us in unbelievable numbers, creating a special atmosphere, and Ibrox Pride will help make that even better.’
The support of the group is the latest in a series of LGBTI initiatives. Earlier this year some Rangers’ representatives marched in the Pride Glasgow Parade. Rangers FC backed players and fans through Stonewall Scotland’s Rainbow Laces campaign and has signed the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter.
Rangers’ Ibrox Pride
Named after the team’s stadium, Ibrox Pride wants to be a friendly, welcoming and inclusive group for LGBTI Rangers fans.
It will provide a social focal point for LGBT+ supporters. The group will also act as an advisory group to the Club on LGBT+ issues in football.
Its logo features the club’s Ready crest in rainbow colors.
Ibrox Pride created the symbol alongside the Club which supports the initiative.
‘The Club is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion across all areas and we’re delighted that the Ibrox Pride supporters group has been created,’ said Rangers managing director, Stewart Robertson.
‘We hope that the group will help to ensure that all LGBT+ supporters feel welcome and valued within the Rangers Family, and help enhance the experience of all fans for the better.’
Ibrox Pride named Carole Anderson and Watty Gaffney as the inaugural co-chairs.
‘Having been a Rangers supporter for over 30 years I am immensely proud of my Club for officially recognising our LGBT+ supporters group and am personally delighted to be selected as co-chair of Ibrox Pride,’ Anderson said.
‘Most Premier League clubs in England have well established LGBT+ fans groups and there are a growing number in Scotland.
‘Every group is different, but at Ibrox Pride we are focussed on providing a space where all LGBT+ members and their friends can feel comfortable and included; and views can be shared and opinions debated on all things Rangers and football.’