Their first LGBT staff network was launched to coincide with LGBT History Month 2021


To mark this year’s LGBT History Month, Liverpool FC has introduced its first ever LGBT staff network. Formed as part of the club’s Red Together inclusion strategy, it will be used to maintain a safe and inclusive environment at the club, so that everyone can bring their authentic selves to the game. 

Our very own publisher here at DIVA, Linda Riley, has also joined the newly formed Advisory Board to help guide the club towards their goal of equality and to increase commitments to diversity and inclusion. Linda will be joined on the Advisory Board by the likes of Steve MacFarlane from the Michael Causer Foundation and Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige. 

DIVA publisher, Linda Riley, commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the Liverpool FC LGBT Advisory Board. There is no place for homophobia in football, or anywhere for that matter. I hope LGBT networks within football clubs like this help encourage people to be out at work, including the many footballers who still feel unable to come out for fear of reprisal.” 

There has already been a number of events set up for the network, including a talk from Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, who made history as the first transgender officer to serve openly in the UK armed forces. 

Other events that the club will be supporting and celebrating include International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May, Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign and Trans Day of Remembrance later in the year.

Mark Armario, a senior manager at LFC and member of the LGBT staff network said in an interview: “One of Red Together’s commitments was to create several new colleague networks to allow people to connect across the club, create an internal community and enhance engagement with the wider community and supporter groups.”

“The network will be actively involved in a number of internal and external events celebrating the LGBT community, including LCR Pride in Liverpool, Rainbow Laces, Pride Month and LGBT History Month to build on the great work that the club has been doing.”

For more information on Red Together and Liverpool FC’s LGBT staff network, CLICK HERE. 

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