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Tuesday 02 July 2013

Arsenal fans show pride at London Parade

Gay Gooners march in capital, while Chelsea help to raise funds with signed first-team shirt

  • The Gay Gooners marching during the London Pride Parade

  • Arsenal are one of a number of Premier League clubs who are promoting inclusion

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.”

Premier League tackling homophobia

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.

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Key Points

  • London Pride Parade had Premier League representation with presence of Gay Gooners
  • Chelsea also contributed with signed first-team shirt to help raise funds for the organisation
  • Premier League active in tackling homophobia to make football an inclusive environment for all fans
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