Liverpool FC becomes a Stonewall Diversity Champion

By agency reporter
November 18, 2017

Liverpool FC has signed up to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, becoming the first Premier League Club to join the programme.

Stonewall, Europe’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, works with more than 750 organisations to help them create workplaces that are inclusive and welcoming of LGBT people.

As a Diversity Champion, Liverpool FC will receive expert consultation and advice from one of Stonewall’s Client Account Managers. Together they will review current polices, practices and staff training and work on changes needed to ensure the club is somewhere that everyone can be themselves.

Stonewall research shows that LGBT people who are comfortable being out in the workplace are 67 per cent more likely to be satisfied at work.

The news of Liverpool FC joining the programme comes just weeks before Stonewall hosts what promises to be the biggest show of support for LGBT equality in sport ever seen.

From 24 November – 3 December 2017, sport across the UK will turn rainbow. For an entire week fans, players and sports officials and organisations will be proudly demonstrating their commitment to LGBT equality by taking part in Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.

Last week the Premier League also announced that they are joining the programme, and embarking on a three-year strategic partnership with Stonewall to help tackle homophobia in football.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, said, "It’s so important for organisations to actively work towards making sport everyone’s game. Many LGBT people want to take part in sport, either as players or fans, but at the moment not everyone feels welcome. We also know that most sports fans want a better, more inclusive game. To make this happen, we need individuals and organisations to step up to show their support for LGBT people and that’s what Liverpool FC have done today. We’re excited they’ve joined us as a Diversity Champion and we look forward to working with them to help further LGBT equality in football."

Peter Moore, CEO at Liverpool Football Club, said, "Liverpool FC has long been committed to equality and to ensuring that it is embedded in all areas across the club.

"We believe that all sport should be inclusive and that nobody should miss out simply because of who they are. From our club charity’s inclusive community sports programmes to achieving the Premier League’s Advanced Equality Standard this year, we are proud to keep striving to make sport for everyone."

* Stonewall http://www.stonewall.org.uk/

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