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

You’re going to see a lot of rainbows over the next week or so.

Rainbow corner flags, substitution signs, ball baseboards and social media club badges.

All in the name of celebrating LGBT + football fans. It will be a fortnight designed to let gays know they are welcome at Premier League football matches and hopefully get supporters to talk about key community issues such as game safety, feel comfortable in the locker room and maybe even give hope to some LGBT + people who have not yet spoken about their sexuality to their friends, family or teammates.

We’ll probably be hearing from gamers and some managers as well, which is a huge leap from a few years ago when Rainbow Laces looked like something out there to tick a box of corporate diversity.

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

Imagine being a gay teenager who has yet to come out and hears Jurgen Klopp tell them that he wants them to feel happy and comfortable at Anfield, which the person they’re sleeping with shouldn’t mean that they can’t enjoy Reece James’ latest mind-boggling or Kevin De Bruyne performance.

And then there’s the Premier League itself, the people who –


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