Rangers Football Club has officially recognised ‘Ibrox Pride’ as a new supporters group dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans.
The group was launched by Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister and midfielder Andy Halliday, alongside the group’s new co-chair’s, Carole Anderson and Watty Gaffney.
The club have previously signed up to the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter, Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign and, earlier this year, took part in the Pride Glasgow march through the city.
Andy Halliday said:
“It is great that the club has officially recognised Ibrox Pride. Football is for everyone and the players appreciate the backing of every Rangers fan. Wherever we play, supporters follow us in unbelievable numbers, creating a special atmosphere, and Ibrox Pride will help make that even better.”
The group will act as an advisory body to Rangers on LGBT+ issues in football and will also provide a social focal point for LGBT+ supporters. At the launch, the group also unveiled its logo which features the Rangers crest encased in the colours of the rainbow flag.
Ibrox Pride Co-Chair, Carole Anderson, who is also a Stonewall Role Model and Chair of the SWAN LGBT Network, said:
“Having been a Rangers supporter for over 30 years I am immensely proud of my club for officially recognising our LGBT+ supporters group and am personally delighted to be selected as co-chair of Ibrox Pride.”
The group joins several Scottish clubs with dedicated LGBT+ supporters groups, including Celtic, Patrick Thistle, Aberdeen and Dundee, as well as many of the English Premier League clubs.
Watty Gaffney added:
“As a group of LGBT+ fans, we are immensely proud to work with the Club to promote inclusion. I am a lifelong fan and I am delighted by the support shown to Ibrox Pride by Rangers management.”
“The club has actively adopted the Sports Charter to help address the lack of adequate action from governing bodies to combat homophobic abuse and discrimination in and around our football stadiums.”
Rangers Football Club have a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion Charter, which you can view here.
Main pic credit – Rangers Football Club / Ibrox Pride