Canal Street Blues
Canal Street Blues are an official branch of the Manchester City Supporters Club, established in January 2014 for LGBT fans of Manchester City Football Club to socialise before/during/after matches, attend home and away matches as a group, and to work with Manchester City Football Club and other bodies on LGBT footballing issues.
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PRESS RELEASE – 28 AUGUST 2015
BLUES RAISE RAINBOW FOR PRIDE
As Manchester Pride takes over the city centre this bank holiday weekend, Manchester City’s official LGBT supporters’ group, Canal Street Blues, kick started celebrations by hoisting a rainbow flag over the Etihad Stadium.
This is the second year that the club will be flying the rainbow flag as part of the many initiatives it undertakes to include Manchester’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community throughout the year. Members from Canal Street Blues, FvH and Manchester Pride were present for the celebratory event.
John Browne, Chair of Canal Street Blues has nothing but praise for the work undertaken by Manchester City to include the LGBT community:
“Being a gay fan of Manchester City FC is such a positive experience. Today we’re raising a flag for Manchester Pride, and the club has regularly taken action for the Football v Homophobia campaign amongst other initiatives. At Canal Street Blues we’re looking forward to a great season of football from a club we know really values its LGBT supporters”
Supporting the initiative is Kevin Parker, General Secretary of Manchester City Supporters Club, the MCFC fans’ organisation with 160 branches and many thousands of members worldwide:
“We’re delighted that our club is acknowledging Manchester Pride in this way. Raising a rainbow flag is a real gesture of inclusion. If it shows even one fan struggling with their sexuality or gender identity that it’s OK to be LGBT, that’s a huge impact.”
Mike Green, Head of City in the Community, the club’s Community Foundation explains:
“With Manchester Pride and both our men’s and women’s team in action this weekend, it’s certainly a weekend to celebrate. Manchester City is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, diversity and respect across all its activity. From the programmes we deliver every day in the community to the way the Club operates, we continue to ensure equality is embedded within the heart of the Club.”
Les Pratt, trustee of Manchester Pride adds:
“On behalf of Manchester Pride I’m delighted to be raising the rainbow flag over the Etihad stadium. It’s great that an internationally renowned football club recognises the important part that LGBT footballers & fans play in our lives”
Meanwhile, Canal Street Blues, is taking part in Manchester Pride Parade alongside fans from other clubs. They will be walking under the banner ‘Pride in Football’, the newly formed network, which is bringing together LGBT fan groups from across the UK.
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