Tuesday 02 July 2013
The London Pride Parade that took place at the weekend in the capital had a Premier League presence as an LGBT supporters' group represented Arsenal.
"We have had tremendous support from Arsenal"
Stewart Selby, Gay Gooners
Representatives of The Gay Gooners, who have grown to more than 30 members since launching this year, joined the Parade to highlight the club’s commitment to equality and diversity with a specially made banner. Another Barclays Premier League club showed their commitment to Pride in London’s cause with a signed shirt from Chelsea’s first-team squad helping to raise funds for the organisers at a gala dinner last week.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be taking part in Pride and representing Arsenal’s LGBT supporter base at this fantastic event,” Stewart Selby, coordinator of the Gay Gooners, said. “We have had tremendous support from Arsenal Football Club and since launching the group in February, the response we have received has been incredible.
“We are very much looking forward to expanding our efforts further over the forthcoming season and beyond.”
Arsenal are one of a number of Premier League clubs who supported the Football v Homophobia campaign in February this year, with its commitment to making football a safe and inclusive environment for all its fans.
Last year the Premier League, along with other football organisations, attended a summit held at 10 Downing Street to find ways to make football more inclusive, such as tackling homophobia. The League signed up to “English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan” issued by the FA after the summit. The plan aims to address issues and incidents of discrimination in English football and encourage greater inclusion across the game and can be downloaded here.