Manchester United have announced their partnership with LGBT charity Stonewall
Manchester United have today announced their partnership with leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity Stonewall, the group behind the rainbow laces campaign.
United have revealed they will “work alongside Stonewall” helping to tackle LGBT issues in sport and society.
The ground-breaking initiative will also look at the best practice and ways in which inclusion and equality can be improved in football.
Manchester United are the first UK club to partner with a LGBT charity
Manchester United’s group managing director Richard Arnold said: “Manchester United are always looks to be a leader in everything it does and we are proud to be the first sports club to sign up to TeamPride.
"The club has an ongoing commitment to equality across all areas and with 659million followers around the world, it is our responsibility to show support and recognition to everybody who loves this football club.
"We have built up a positive working relationship with Stonewall and it’s a great way for us to learn from each other and progress together as we strive for equality for all of our supporters.
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Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt said: “Manchester United’s support means we can reach millions of football fans both here and around the world, to encourage them to do their part in making all people feel welcome in sport.
"It’s crucial for organisations like Manchester United to show they not only welcome LGBT people, but are active in leading the change. At the moment, many LGBT people want to take part in sport, either as players or fans, but the behaviour of a minority can make them feel unsafe, unwelcome or unable to be themselves.
"There’s so much work left to do to ensure that all LGBT people feel able to participate in sport, and we hope to see other clubs take Manchester United’s lead and join the Rainbow Laces campaign to make this a reality."