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30 May 2018
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Pride in football

The Proud Lilywhites are flying the flag for the LGBT community - quite literally.

They work closely with Tottenham Hotspur and their rainbow flag, adorned with Spurs' famous cockerel insignia, can be seen flying at every home match and has caught the attention of fans across the world.

The Proud Lilywhites were set up in February 2014 to work with Spurs in making football matches more accessible to their LGBT supporters.

Co-chair Chris Paouros says they have been hugely helped by Spurs' commitment to spreading the Pride in Football message.

"It is so important that football is welcoming to the LGBT community and the support we have been given by the club has been vital in helping us get established," she said. 

"Spurs are a major Premier League football club but it still feels like a family and we have been made so welcome"

Chris Paouros, Co-chair, Proud Lilywhites

"We have around 400 members and 4,000 followers on Twitter and the engagement from people across the globe has been amazing.

"We get messages all the time saying, 'We've seen your flag at the game,' which all helps put the message across that football in 2018 is a welcoming place for the LGBT community.

"The best thing is, Spurs are a major Premier League football club but it still feels like a family and we have been made so welcome. We are part of that family and that is fantastic."

Kick It Out
Mark Noble, West Ham, in Kick It Out T-shirt

The Premier League and our clubs continue to support Kick It Out to tackle racism and discrimination in all areas of the game.

There has been ongoing education of players, staff and fans, including the Equality Inspires progamme at Academy level.

Players and fans can also report all instances of discrimination thanks to a new app launched by Kick It Out.

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