After Newcastle, no number of rainbows can hide the Premier League’s contempt for LGBT+ fans – The Athletic

You’ll see a lot of rainbows in the next week or so.

Rainbow corner flags, substitution boards, ball bases and club badges on social media.

All in the name of celebrating LGBT+ football fans. It will be two weeks designed to let gays know that they are welcome at Premier League football matches and hopefully fans will talk about key issues for the community such as safety at games, feeling comfortable in dressing rooms and perhaps even giving hope to some LGBT+ people who haven’t told their friends, family or colleagues In the team about their sexuality.

We’ll likely hear from players and some managers as well, and it’s a huge leap from a few years ago when rainbow shoes seemed like something there to tick the company’s diversity box.

You see, there are a lot of good people in clubs across the country who really care about gay fans and they get that a few words of welcome can really make all the difference to those who don’t think football is for them.

Imagine you’re a gay teen who has yet to come out who hears Jurgen Klopp tell them he wants them to feel happy and comfortable at Anfield, and that those who sleep with him doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy Brice James or Kevin De Bruyne. performance.

Then there’s the Premier League itself, the people who –

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