LGBTQ+ supporters groups from across Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have formed a new alliance to share best practice, offer peer to peer support, explore joint events and empower each member group to reach their full potential.
The alliance includes Rainbow Blades (Sheffield United), Marching Out Together (Leeds United), Rainbow Owls (Sheffield Wednesday), Proud Millers (Rotherham United), Rainbow Spireites (Chesterfield FC) and Proud Stags (Mansfield Town).
Founded by Rainbow Blades founder James Laley, the group members will still be part of the UK-wide Pride in Football network, but a regional alliance will mean all members can collaborate on a more manageable scale.
Reflecting on the new alliance, James said: "These groups help countless numbers of LGBTQ+ fans to feel safe to attend football grounds as their authentic selves and find the confidence to attend matchday socials with other likeminded individuals.
"We want to achieve success for all the groups involved: to ensure that they grow in stature, reputation, and membership; to create lines of communication for questions, support and idea generation; to collaborate as and when it fits in with each group; and to show it’s important that we stand shoulder to shoulder."
The group have said they welcome any new groups joining from Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
For more information on the regional alliance, visit: www.rainbowblades.com/regionalalliance
How you can get involved
LGBTQ+ supporters’ groups are open to both members of the LGBT+ community and allies. Find out more information about each alliance group member below.
Marching Out Together