The Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) will lead the largest-ever football presence at a Pride event in Britain, at this years march in Manchestester on Saturday.
Officially supported by Manchester City, the event will see the major LGBT football organisations walking together in the parade, attending matches and operating a Pride stall.
Pride runs from August 23-25 and will also see support from Canal Street Blues, the the official LGBT fan group of Manchester City.
GFSN chair Ed Connell said: “We’re excited to lead the largest-ever football group at a Pride parade and look forward to a fun weekend of events which will help to raise the profile of LGBT football in the UK and beyond.
“The support of major clubs like Manchester City FC is very welcome and a superb way to bring our message of inclusion to a wide audience.”
This year’s Pride theme is “love” and will be using the hashtag #LoveLGBTfootball on social media.
On Saturday, the GFSN will lead LGBT teams, friends and fan groups in the Manchester Pride Parade.
These include Village Manchester FC, Canal Street Blues, Rainbow Toffees (Everton), LFC LGBT (Liverpool), Mersey Marauders FC, Just a Ball Game and Football v Homophobia.
On Sunday Canal Street Blues will attend the Women’s Super League match between Manchester City and Arsenal, where they will unveil a banner made specially for the game.
Canal Street Blues chair John Browne said: “With fantastic help from the club we’ve created an official City LGBT supporters’ group very quickly and we’re keen to celebrate Pride and show that MCFC is a very friendly and inclusive place for all kinds of fans.”
On Sunday the LFC LGBT group and Canal Street Blues will travel to the City of Manchester Stadium to watch Man City take on Liverpool.