Liverpool FC is hosting the first ever Pride in Sport event, celebrating openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in sport.
The event, which takes place on Thursday January 28, has been organised by teacher and charity co-ordinator Emma Baldry who was at the forefront of Liverpool Pride’s education work last year.
She says the club was a natural choice because of its existing links with the city’s LGBT community.
“Liverpool football club was my first thought to host Pride in Sport because it was the first Premier League club to march in a Pride with Liverpool Ladies team,” says Emma. “From the day we contacted them, they’ve been absolutely brilliant.”
The night will see a mix of different sports persons join together for a dinner and guest talks from Sophie Cook, the first openly trans female Premier League football photographer, and GB paralympian Claire Harvey who will be heading to Rio in the summer.
TV presenter Clare Balding has donated tickets for her talk show, and Liverpool’s Smith brothers have given a set of signed boxing gloves to help the cause.
There will also be a charity auction raising funds for Liverpool Pride 2016 and schools charity Diversity Role Models, which is being supported by famous faces from the world of sport both in Liverpool and nationwide.[…]