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Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« on: July 8, 2012, 12:38:36 PM »
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Liverpool FC has agreed to being officially represented at Liverpool Pride 2012. As the first football club to support a Pride event, LFC will provide a banner featuring the club crest with LFC staff and LFC Ladies FC (the women's team) marching together with LFC LGBT and other supporters at Liverpool Pride.

LFC will also have a stall at the market place selling various LFC merchandise on the day at the Pier Head.

Other football supporters are also welcome on the march and Liverpool Pride may register other team's supporters if you don't want to march behind an LFC banner.

The march musters at William Brown Street from 11am, setting off at midday. We're registered in the march and Liverpool Pride Stewards will be able to direct you to the right part of the muster.

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This is something I spoke to Paul Amman of the Supporter's Committee about a couple months back, and I'm made up that the club have agreed to officially be a part of the celebrations. For a club of our stature to agree to be a part of it is huge. I realise that it's not the biggest commitment in the world from the club, but compared to what most top football clubs are doing for equality and really making an effort to include LGBT supporters, this is brilliant, and a credit to the club and to the city (who incidentally provide the largest free Pride event in the UK, outside of London). 

Anyone who wants to join the march is more than welcome - LGBT or non-LGBT! It's going to be a really good day out.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #1 on: July 8, 2012, 12:48:12 PM »
Good to see.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #2 on: July 8, 2012, 12:51:22 PM »
I think our new manager being in Garlands last night can only enhance the message of peace and love for one and all.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #3 on: July 8, 2012, 12:56:51 PM »
LGBT stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transexual I take it?

good luck, nice for the club to support equality.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #4 on: July 8, 2012, 01:00:23 PM »
Great to see.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #5 on: July 8, 2012, 01:06:39 PM »
With debates about gay marriage in the church this could be deemed very bold and political of LFC by some.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #6 on: July 8, 2012, 01:23:59 PM »
Great news. Don’t forget that no one walks alone.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #7 on: July 8, 2012, 01:34:02 PM »
Good to see.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #8 on: July 8, 2012, 02:40:05 PM »
Pleased to see this. delighted that intolerant knobheads everywhere will be incandescent... :)
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #9 on: July 8, 2012, 02:53:54 PM »
Reading this makes me proud to support Liverpool  ;D

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #10 on: July 8, 2012, 03:03:57 PM »
Great to see the club making a statement that we are a truly inclusive club. I think too many people who love football feel they will be teased and sniggered at if they support the LGBT cause. Same old backward mentality in football and it needs to be squashed. We are all humans and nobody should ever feel excluded. Well done LFC.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #11 on: July 8, 2012, 03:33:46 PM »
Good on them.

Would be nice to see a few of our male players marching too.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #12 on: July 8, 2012, 03:36:17 PM »
This is a good thing for the club to do and I hope they continue to do more things like this in the future.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #13 on: July 8, 2012, 03:58:51 PM »
This is fantastic news

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #14 on: July 8, 2012, 04:20:25 PM »
Good! It's nice to see the club doing something right for a change.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #15 on: July 8, 2012, 04:21:05 PM »
Well in, lfc. :)

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #16 on: July 8, 2012, 04:38:08 PM »
'As the first football club to support a Pride event, LFC will provide a banner featuring the club crest with LFC staff and LFC Ladies FC (the women's team) marching together with LFC LGBT and other supporters at Liverpool Pride.'

I like the way they clarify that LFC Ladies is actually the womens team  :D

Why is it only the womens team though?

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #17 on: July 8, 2012, 05:04:16 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Qh2sWSVRrmo?fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Qh2sWSVRrmo?fs=1</a>

But seriously, it's a great statement for the club to make.  Good to see us being pro-active.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #18 on: July 8, 2012, 05:10:32 PM »
Why is it only the womens team though?

Guessing will be busy preparing for the season given its on 4th August.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #19 on: July 8, 2012, 06:01:49 PM »
Very glad to see this news. Well done to all involved.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #20 on: July 8, 2012, 06:23:28 PM »
Very good news, in my opinion.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #21 on: July 8, 2012, 06:31:59 PM »

Why is it only the womens team though?
Would be better if they could send out the mens team too. Small steps though.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #22 on: July 8, 2012, 06:57:58 PM »
This is great!Our club define "YNWA" again!

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #23 on: July 8, 2012, 07:20:11 PM »
Well done to the club for this
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #24 on: July 8, 2012, 10:09:18 PM »
great stuff
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #25 on: July 8, 2012, 10:51:39 PM »
Good stuff. Proud to be a fan of a club that's willing to take this step.

Stevie G can't go though, if the magazine polls are to be believed he'd get mobbed. :)
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #26 on: July 9, 2012, 09:41:53 PM »
Some quotes from Ian Ayre and the organisers of Pride in this article: http://www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/news/09/07/2012/liverpool-fc-march-liverpool-pride-2012

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LFC become first Premier League club to March in Pride festival

Liverpool Football Club today announced that it is making a stand to kick homophobia out of football, as it becomes the first Premier League club to be officially represented at a UK LGBT Pride event. The club will show its support at Liverpool Pride on Saturday 4 August.

LFC will provide a banner featuring the club crest with LFC staff and LFC Ladies FC marching together with LFC LGBT and other supporters at Liverpool Pride. LFC will also have a stall at the market place on the day at the festival’s Waterfront site and will provide signed merchandise for fundraising auctions.

LFC has already worked with Liverpool Pride on the ‘Football v Homophobia’ tournament, which was hosted at the club’s Academy for the first time earlier this year. LFC also supports the Justin Campaign, a national campaign aiming to challenge LGBT misconceptions and strive towards a future where everyone is accepted within all levels of football.

LFC supporters, whether they be LGBT or not, are welcome to join the club’s representatives behind the LFC banner on the Liverpool Pride March. The March musters at William Brown Street from 11am, setting off at midday. The club is registered in the March and Liverpool Pride Stewards will be able to direct those who wish to join behind the banner to the right part of the muster.

Liverpool Pride would be delighted for other football clubs and their supporters to March, whether they are from professional or pub league clubs. Supporters not wishing to behind an LFC banner are welcome to register as a separate club and bring their banners along. Go to liverpoolpride.co.uk/march to register.

Ian Ayre, Managing Director at Liverpool Football Club said: "Here at LFC, 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.

"I am delighted to confirm that some Club employees and members from the Liverpool Ladies squad will be participating in the event on 4th August. The event is certainly a positive talking point around Liverpool and it’s an excellent platform to attract local communities and people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of our fantastic city. We wish you every success for the Liverpool Pride “Nautical but Nice” event and we are delighted to provide you with the support of Liverpool Football Club."


Zoran Blackie, Chair of Liverpool Pride said: "Liverpool Football Club have been going through huge changes, and one of them is to work closely with all their supporters – and they’ve showed that before by hosting our Football Vs Homophobia tournament. Now by standing alongside us for the march, LFC are showing the LGBT community in the city that 'We’ll Never Walk Alone'"

Paul Amann, LGBT Supporters’ Committee Representative said: "As the LFC LGBT Supporters’ Committee Representative and a founding trustee of Liverpool Pride, I am particularly proud of my club for being the first major club to ever support a Pride event. The response of fellow fans has been amazing and whether they are gay or straight many are joining Liverpool Pride’s march in solidarity and celebration of the city’s LGBT community."

Liverpool Pride 2012 will take place at Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head and throughout the city's gay scene, the Stanley Street Quarter. In addition to this, there will be a weekend of cultural events taking place at some of Liverpool’s most influential arts and cultural establishments. The festival’s ‘Nautical but Nice’ theme, chosen in a ballot by 700 members of the local LGBT community, gives a nod to the city’s commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, whilst at the same time, celebrating the city’s rich maritime history and taking advantage of the main festival site, which sits on the banks of the River Mersey.

Make sure you check liverpoolpride.co.uk, @LiverpoolPride on Twitter and search Liverpool Pride on Facebook to have your say and for all of the latest pride news.


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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #27 on: July 9, 2012, 09:44:15 PM »
Great gesture.

Would be better if they could send out the mens team too. Small steps though.

Might there possibly be a security issue with the first team?

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #28 on: July 9, 2012, 09:48:23 PM »
Great stuff, LFC. Stand with equality, not bigotry.  :)
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #29 on: July 9, 2012, 10:17:55 PM »
Feel very proud the club is willing to take a stance on this. Well done eveyone involved.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #30 on: July 9, 2012, 10:42:08 PM »
Excellent; a very nice gesture.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2012, 10:51:55 AM »
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Liverpool FC is taking a stand against homophobia by becoming the first Premier League club to be officially represented at a UK 'Pride' event.

The club will provide a banner for Liverpool Pride in August, while representatives from LFC Ladies and staff will march alongside LFC LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).

The Reds will also have a stall at the festival's Pier Head site and will provide signed merchandise for fundraising auctions.

Managing director Ian Ayre said: "Here at LFC, 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.

"I am delighted to confirm that some club employees and members from the Liverpool Ladies squad will be participating in the event.

"The event is certainly a positive talking point around Liverpool and it's an excellent platform to attract local communities and people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of our fantastic city."

LFC has already worked with Liverpool Pride on the Football v Homophobia tournament, which was hosted at the club's Academy for the first time earlier this year.

The club also supports the Justin Campaign, a national initiative aiming to challenge LGBT misconceptions.

Zoran Blackie, chair of Liverpool Pride, said: "Liverpool Football Club have been going through huge changes and one of them is to work closely with all their supporters.

"Now by standing alongside us for the march, LFC are showing the LGBT community in the city that 'we'll never walk alone'."

Liverpool Pride 2012 will take place at the city's iconic Pier Head and throughout the Stanley Street Quarter on Saturday, August 4.

The festival's 'Nautical but Nice' theme coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and also celebrates the city's rich maritime history. For more details visit liverpoolpride.co.uk.

http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/lfc-first-to-support-pride-event
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2012, 01:38:43 PM »

Why is it only the womens team though?

Because unfortunately there is a huge amount of fear within football surrounding homosexuality, probably for various reasons.

While an openly gay footballer may be accepted by his team-mates he would be open to widespread ridicule from opposition fans, even if there is a general 'we don't tolerate....' statements from all clubs.

The media too would have field day and the player would undoubtedly be hounded by press trying to grab the latest pic of him and his latest beau.  It would take a brave man to put himself in that situation and maintain his on field levels of performance.

While this is a brilliant step by the club, I imagine that many gay footballers remember only too well all the hype and criticism that surrounded Justin Fashinau when he came out, and few would want to repeat that experience.

Fortunately for the women they don't hold the same level of interest for either public or press and so it is easier for them to make their support for this public.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2012, 01:47:58 PM »
Because unfortunately there is a huge amount of fear within football surrounding homosexuality, probably for various reasons.

While an openly gay footballer may be accepted by his team-mates he would be open to widespread ridicule from opposition fans, even if there is a general 'we don't tolerate....' statements from all clubs.

The media too would have field day and the player would undoubtedly be hounded by press trying to grab the latest pic of him and his latest beau.  It would take a brave man to put himself in that situation and maintain his on field levels of performance.

While this is a brilliant step by the club, I imagine that many gay footballers remember only too well all the hype and criticism that surrounded Justin Fashinau when he came out, and few would want to repeat that experience.

Fortunately for the women they don't hold the same level of interest for either public or press and so it is easier for them to make their support for this public.

I think things have changed a lot for the better since Justin Fashanu's day. He came out in 1990, when even Freddie Mercury wasn't publicly admitting to being gay. A high-profile gay footballer will come out in the next two years, I'd put money on it. (Not that I'm claiming to know anything!)
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2012, 02:29:41 PM »
I don't think the problem is within football but outside it.  I hope you are right though.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2012, 02:36:39 PM »
I don't think it would be a problem for first team players to offer support publicly, or join in the parade. Surely that wouldn't make them targets? I agree though we are still a long way to go for male players to come out while playing without fearing the consequences. Hopefully it will change soon though.

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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2012, 02:47:41 PM »
Funny thing is, probably the two most famous gay Englishmen, Stephen Fry and Elton John, have a very deep involvement with the game.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2012, 02:52:04 PM »
I don't think it would be a problem for first team players to offer support publicly, or join in the parade. Surely that wouldn't make them targets? I agree though we are still a long way to go for male players to come out while playing without fearing the consequences. Hopefully it will change soon though.
Don't think supporting the parade would be a problem for the players. Think the problem would more be that if they actually took part, there'd be tons of people wanting pictures and things signed, which might disrupt the march.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #38 on: July 10, 2012, 02:53:42 PM »
Don't think supporting the parade would be a problem for the players. Think the problem would more be that if they actually took part, there'd be tons of people wanting pictures and things signed, which might disrupt the march.

Not if they were on a float...

That said, it could then look like football trying to hijack the pride event, which might not go down well.
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Re: Liverpool FC to march at Liverpool Pride 2012
« Reply #39 on: July 10, 2012, 03:01:17 PM »
I think the day of a current player publicly coming out is a few years off yet.

Undoubtedly, who ever that player is, they will always get stick from opposing fans, as thats just how fans are. they will do almost anything to wind up the opposition.

It will take someone with a very strong will, though, as the barracking will unmerciful in some quarters, regardless if the clubs involved have a zero tolerance policy, or as it has and will become more excepted by widespread football society, and the numbsculls are shouted down.

I'm of the opinion though that it would be a lot easier if it's a player who is more widely respected by football fans of all clubs, than one who is just loved by his own club.

Fans will always have hate figures from other clubs, and players that they have more respect for.  If someone like a Gerrard came out, as apposed to a Suarez, or a Lampard instead of a Terry, it would be a lot easier for a player of that calibre, than of a player who is a hate figure, or an undesirable anyway.

It's going to take a player with some balls to be the first to openly come out though (and no pun intended).
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