Liverpool Football Club join Pride parade

Liverpool Pride 2011 Liverpool Pride attracted about 2,000 visitors last year

Liverpool Football Club is taking part in the city's Pride event this year.

It will become the first Premier League club to be officially represented at a UK lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride event.

Some staff from the club and members of LFC Ladies Football Club will march with a banner at the event on 4 August.

Club managing director Ian Ayre said it showed some of the good work being done to tackle homophobia.

He said: "Here at LFC, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that equality and principles of inclusion are embedded into all areas of Liverpool Football Club and for many years, we have taken positive steps to promote our stance against homophobia both on and off the pitch.

Diverse culture

"I am delighted to confirm that some club employees and members from the Liverpool Ladies squad will be participating in the event on 4 August.

"The event is certainly a positive talking point around Liverpool and it's an excellent platform to attract local communities and people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of our fantastic city."

Liverpool Pride has encouraged other football clubs and their supporters to join the march, whether they were from professional or pub league clubs.

Zoran Blackie, from Liverpool Pride, said: "Liverpool Football Club have been going through huge changes, and one of them is to work closely with all their supporters - and they've showed that before by hosting our Football Vs Homophobia tournament.

"Now by standing alongside us for the march, LFC are showing the LGBT community in the city that 'We'll Never Walk Alone'".

Liverpool Pride 2012 will take place at Liverpool's Pier Head and throughout the Stanley Street Quarter.

Performing at this year's event are X Factor runner up Marcus Collins and former Atomic Kitten Liz McLarnon.

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