By Jordan Ruimy
The United Kingdom’s Liverpool football club, a 120 year-old organization, came out last week in a strong show of support for the LGBT community. They will become the first football team to be represented at an LGBT event next month, in Liverpool’s annual Pride Parade.
The famous football crest will be carried by representatives of the team as well as members of the women’s team during the event, which takes place at the city’s Pier Head and throughout the Stanley Street quarter.
The Club’s managing director, Ian Ayre, said this move is an important start to rid football of homophobia. “We continue to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that equality and principles of inclusion are embedded into all areas of Liverpool Football Club and, for many years, we have taken positive steps to promote our stance against homophobia both on and off the pitch,” he said in an earlier statement.
This isn’t the first time Liverpool’s football club has rallied against homophobia. They’ve hosted the “Football vs. Homophobia” tournament at their own academy, which was successfully launched with the aim of enabling people to take action against prejudice and discrimination in order to create a welcoming and inclusive football environment.
A recent study found that 2 out of 3 football fans believe that football would be a better sport if homophobia wasn’t an issue. 50% of lesbian, gay and bisexual fans felt homophobia affected their view of the sport and prevented them from fully participating in it.