Manchester United partners with LGBT+ equality charity

Manchester United has partnered with LGBT+ rights charity Stonewall, in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion.

The strategic partnership sees the Premier League outfit join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. The programme focuses on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and gives the club access to resources to support LGBT+ inclusion.

The club will also participate in Stonewall’s Workplace Allies programme – which assists non-LGBT employees to support and promote an LGBT-inclusive culture.

Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold said that the club is committed to making equality, diversity and inclusion integral to the way Manchester operates.

“We’re immensely proud of our relationship with Stonewall and delighted to be taking it to the next level with this strategic partnership. Diversity is a source of strength for Manchester United and ensuring a welcoming environment for LGBT+ employees and fans is a crucial part of that,” he said.

Manchester has been taking steps to improve diversity and inclusion through its ‘All Red All Equal’ campaign.

The club has previously supported Stonewall, in 2017 Manchester United was the first football club to join Stonewall’s TeamPride coalition. Manchester has also supported Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign in the past.

“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 to see sports be better and more inclusive,” Chief Executive of Stonewall, Nancy Kelley said.

“To make this happen, we need individuals and organisations to step up to show their support for LGBT+ people and that’s what Manchester United has done today. We’re excited to continue our journey with them from being a founding member of TeamPride, to now joining us as a Diversity Champion. We look forward to working with them to help further LGBT+ equality in football.”

Manchester United also has an LGBT+ Supporters group – the Rainbow Devils was established in February of 2019.

“We’re proud to support and work alongside a club that is committed to creating an inclusive environment for LGBT+ people. There is still a lot more work to do but this partnership with Stonewall is another welcome step in the right direction,” Leader of Rainbow Devils, Eric Najibsaid said about the partnership.

Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

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