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Football Pride coming to Manchester this weekend

Football Pride – an event from Football v Homophobia promoting LGBT+ voices across the game – is returning at Manchester Pride this weekend.

Bringing together LGBT+ communities within the world’s most popular sport, Football Pride will offer opportunities to party, participate and protest.

The main event is a one-day symposium at Manchester Metropolitan University this Friday 25th August from 10am to 4pm. The event will be bookended by get-togethers and networking opportunities on the Thursday and Friday nights.

The latter is a special Football Pride Party at Motley bar in Deansgate (Friday from 7.30pm).

The Friday daytime schedule at Manchester Metropolitan University will feature a line-up of speakers and activities.

Workshops will be taking place on the following subjects:

10am to 12.30pm

  • Women’s World Cup: An LGBTQ+ Look-back
  • Outside the Box – Gamechangers in men’s football
  • In conversation: Gender-diverse players and human rights
  • Monster TRUK! How the trans-inclusive club went global

1.30pm to 4pm

  • A special screening of a new short film about queer football culture, with cast and crew Q&A
  • A decade of LGBTQ+ fan groups – but what’s next?
  • ‘Manchester is magic’: The queer joy in its inclusive football clubs

Football Pride’s line-up of speakers, screenings and activities will include:

  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC striker Zander Murray, whose visibility in men’s professional football has been an inspiration to thousands
  • Inspirational centre-back and bi role model Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
  • Social media influencers and LGBTQ+ football personalities Mikey Connor (BBC’s I Kissed A Boy) and Jake Williamson
  • Players from TRUK United FC, including Lucy Clark, Natalie Washington, Parker Dunn and Arthur Webber
  • World-leading human rights expert Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana
  • Referees and match officials including Stacey Pearson, Lloyd Wilson and Ryan Atkin
  • Fan leaders from LGBTQ+ supporter groups Rainbow Blades, Rainbow Devils and Roze Kameraden (Feyenoord)
  • More members of the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective, including 2022 FvH Hero Award winner Hayley Wood-Thompson

To register and find out more about Football Pride check out their events page here…

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