Charlton Athletic support newly formed LGBT Fangroup
Proud Valiants has been founded by a number of Charlton Athletic fans for supporters of the club who identify themselves as part of the LGBT community.
The group, supported by Kick It Out and our ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, run in conjunction with the Football Supporters’ Federation, will officially be launched on Sunday 17 May to coincide with IDAHO(T) Day.
The group was formed as a response to a national news story earlier in the year when a twitter account posing as LGBT Charlton fans. Proud Valiants has had a number of discussions with the club who have pledged their full support.
Anwar Uddin, who leads on the delivery of the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, said: “We are delighted to see Proud Valiants become the official LGBT supporters group ofCharlton Athletic FC.
“There has been an encouraging rise in LGBT fans’ groups in recent times, aided by the formation of the #PrideinFootball network and we hope to see a further increase moving forward.
“Football needs to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment to help LGBT supporters grow greater confidence in attending matches to support their team. We have been in close contact with Proud Valiants and will continue to offer guidance, advice and support.”
A spokesperson for the newly formed group said incidents that arose last season illustrated that every club in the country should endorse an LGBT supporters group.
“Everybody has a right to enjoy the ‘Beautiful Game’ regardless of gender identity, ethnicity or sexuality in an environment where they feel safe and unthreatened.
“There has been an amazing amount of great work done over the years working to achieve equality for all in football by organisations such as Kick It Out and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF).
“This has increased awareness on discrimination in football and we hope to continue in this vein by making sure that people are aware that all forms of discrimination including homophobia have no place in the modern game.”
A representative for Chartlton said: “The formation of the Proud Valiants supporters group is further evidence of Charlton Athletic Football Club’s ongoing commitment to making football accessible to everybody.
“We want to ensure that our visitors feel equal with a sense of belonging, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability or religion – everybody is welcome at Charlton Athletic Football Club.”