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Leeds Utd to sponsor Pride

We are delighted to announce jointly with Leeds Utd that the club are once again sponsoring Leeds Pride, the centrepiece of which will be the Pride Parade - in its 17th year - on Sunday 7th August.

This will be a fantastic way to celebrate the start of the new season… in the Premier League!

National Diversity Awards

We are proud and honoured to have been nominated in the category for Community Organisation Award for LGBT.

You can vote for us here and voting is open until 20 May, with judging taking place before the awards event in September.

We don’t just focus on football and LUFC: scroll down to the stories below or the links at the top of this site, and click on the voting link to see our profile summary. And for more information download our AGM report from last autumn.

Thankyou so much to those of you who have already voted: your support and comments really do mean a lot to us.

7.05.22

4th place for LUFC Women

The season comes to a close for LUFC Women with a 4th place finish and LOTS to be proud of. Click the button below to read more.

We are proud to have sponsored top-scoring striker Laura Bartup, send our best wishes to everyone for a well-earned break over the summer, and are looking forward to the new season.

1.05.22

Our mural & artist CBloxx

Now that our mural is complete, we would like to put on record our deep appreciation for the work of Jay Gilleard, also known as international street-artist CBloxx.

This is a breathtaking piece of art, the technical execution has been fascinating to observe, and they have created something which perfectly captures what we wanted to achieve, both as a landmark for the city and for the values it represents.

Thankyou Jay, and #ALAW

Click the button below to see the story of the mural and creative notes.

11.04.22

A cup final for LUFC Women

Click the button below for more info, and bring your support - it can make a huge difference in a one-off cup final!

There are other chances to see LUFC Women very soon: the last time they will play at Tacdaster Albion this season is Sunday 3rd April in a rematch against Norton & Stockton, and then the final Home tie of this FAWNL Div 1 North campaign will see the team run out at Elland Road on Sunday 10th April (tickets via the club website).

28.03.22

Mural update

We are thrilled to say that work on our landmark Marching Out Together LUFC LGBT+ mural will begin on the weekend of 26-27 March.

The mural is being created by Yorkshire & worldwide street artist CBloxx, who co-produced the spectacular ‘Athena Rising’ on the Platform building above Leeds City Station. We will share the artwork and explain its message and concepts with you as CBloxx produces it… but don’t expect a LUFC badge in rainbow colours or a football with a rainbow over it: the artwork is WAY more subtle and meaningful than that and we can’t wait to share it with you. Look out for updates here and on our socials!

20.03.22

Marcelo Bielsa holding Marching Out banner with members at Thorp Arch

Marcelo Bielsa

Everyone here is saddened at the news regarding Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United. We would like to put on record our deep gratitude to Mr Bielsa and wish him the very best for the future.

This is not only for the promotion back to the Premier League and all the beautiful football, but also for his values, integrity and humility, and the very special spirit and unity he brought back to our club. Marcelo Bielsa will always be treasured here.

It is our role now to stick together and support the team and new manager Jesse Marsch to ensure that they secure our Premier League status and build for more success in coming seasons.

We march on. Together.

28.02.22

Leeds Utd statement on discrimination and abuse.

We are very pleased to see Leeds United’s clear and powerful statement on discrimination and abuse - of all kinds - including the plea to fans to think about the hurt which may be caused to those around them when they join in with unacceptable chants.

The statement can be found here on the club website, or click the button below to download a copy.

11.02.22

Cooper, Dallas & Rodrigo holding LUFC Rainbow flag

Signs of action on abuse?

In one week Aussie pro player Joshua Cavallo faced homophobic abuse during a game and had to call it out; the tedious and hurtful ‘Rent Boy’ chant was clearly audible during a televised FA Cup 3rd Round match; and comment on that prompted the CPS to re-state clearly that homophobia meets the definition of a hate-crime, and that they would prosecute if need be.

We would rather enlighten and educate than see fellow-fans barred from matches, but remain interested to see if this is a sign of new action and a potential tipping-point… or just another new-year resolution which is still a ‘wish’ next Christmas.

12.01.22

Part of the wider LUFC community

Leeds Utd have posted a LUTV film of their work with the community. This prominently features our Rainbow Laces campaign as well as our board member Mark in a visit to a primary school with Luke Ayling, alongside content with Tyler Roberts & LUFC Women’s Bridie Hannon, as well as the Foundation, Trust and Fans’ Foodbank.

We are really proud to be in such excellent company, and proud of the contibution we have made to the club’s genuine and active commitment to inclusion for all. We will continue this work throughout the year to come.

29.12.21

Reflecting on the year

As we approached the turn of the year from 2021 to 2022 we asked each of our team to reflect on the year just gone and look ahead.

24.12.21

Rainbow Laces 2021

Our ‘Rainbow Laces’ game this year was the win against Crystal Palace in the first week of December, but the activity goes on for much more than just that one showpiece.

Click the button below to see all that we achieved, and also the fabulous support we enjoy from the club and players across all squads.

17.12.21

Statement on chanting

Last night was our Rainbow Laces game. The club have actively supported the campaign again this year - with players discussing LGBT+ inclusion on podcasts and addressing schools, they have been photographed holding rainbow flags and they wore special pre-match shirts.

The board and coaching staff all wore Marching Out Together badges, and there was active promotion of Rainbow Laces on the club’s social media site - which went well beyond any requirements from the Premier League.

The powerful support offered by the club to Marching Out Together’s work lasts throughout the year; with the culture of support led from Angus Kinnear, our CEO, and supported by his senior management team.

The work we do with the club receives the support from the overwhelming majority of Leeds fans, who welcome inclusion and support for the LGBT+ community.

However, work still needs to be done, and unacceptable chanting can still occasionally be heard. The ‘rent boy’ chant last night is one example of that. It is unarguably homophobic and unacceptable at all times. We wrote a piece condemning the use of the rent boy chant and explaining why it is homophobic last year.

It was certainly regrettable to hear last night - but the club’s ongoing powerful message of support for equality resonated much stronger on a night where we could celebrate that things are changing for the better in the game of football, when it comes to LGBT+ inclusion.

01.12.21

Joint statement on chants

Ahead of our games with Spurs and Brighton we have today issued a joint statement together with LUST, LUDO and LUSC calling for fans to give their always outstanding support without anti-Semitic or homophobic chants or gestures.

This type of hurtful and abusive behaviour is never acceptable and we can always back the team with much more positive language.

19.11.21

Qatar 2022 World Cup

As football fans we are all thrilled to see England qualify comfortably for the World Cup finals in Qatar next summer, and hope to see Scotland and Wales there too.

There are significant issues with the tournament taking place in a country where LGBTQ+ people face severe discrimination and even legal sanction. We hope that the FA and England will use their platform to challenge discrimination and support the LGBTQ+ community everywhere, and we support the Kick It Out campaign.

16.11.21

Annual General Meeting 2021

On 7 November before the Leicester City home game we held our AGM, and were pleased to have some members attend and others by Zoom. We re-elected some of our officers and gave an update on the past year and plans for the year to come: click below for the Chair’s report.

Meet our Mick

In the September edition of ‘Shine’ magazine, board member Mick Ward gives a fasciinating and wide-ranging picture over many years of the city of Leeds, Leeds United, being an LGBT+ fan, and the work of Marching Out Together. Download a copy from the Shine website.

Real action on homophopbia with LUFC

The first few weeks of the season have seen a number of stories about homophobic abuse at matches – timely then, that Leeds United invited us to deliver LGBTQ+ training for the match day stewards for the first time. Even more so when after the Burnley away match a member reported an incident which led to the club arranging a meeting at Elland Road with the fan involved.

This is another very real example of the club actively working with MOT to continue to make Leeds United, and in particular Elland Road, inclusive for all.

Back for another season!

Leeds United are back for another Premier League season! Before looking ahead to that, here’s a reminder about just how far we came last season… on the field and for Marching Out Together…

New season, same old chants…

As the new season gets under way we are saddened again to see that homophobic chanting has raised its ugly head once more. The clubs involved, LGBT+ fans’ groups and other football bodies including ‘Kick It out’ all condemned it; and we sent our support and backing. Click below to see why it is never “just banter”.

LUFC LGBT+ Mural Update

A joint press release was issued today (11/08/21) by Leeds United FC, Marching Out Together, East Street Arts, and artist CBloxx.

See it here on the LUFC website, or click below to download a copy.

Laura Bartup - LUFC Women

We are thrilled to announce that for the coming season we will be sponsoring striker Laura Bartup.

“Pride” - more than just a parade

How much do you know about the background and meaning of “Pride” month? This festival of LGBT+ presence and achievement has a long history… and is still very much needed today - in our society and our game.

A piece written by us appeared on the official LUFC website in June, and you can see ther full version here…

Personal Stories: Andrew Tilly

We sit in the West Stand where we are surrounded by the most wonderful group of fellow season ticket holders who we have got to know over the years. They all know we are gay and are supportive. Off the pitch things have not felt so positive in many years - we have a responsible owner with great vision. And, in the future, we hope that as the club improve on so many fronts, progress will also be made on making Elland Road and following Leeds away a more welcoming experience for LGBT+ fans. I look forward to playing my role in Marching Out Together and am proud to be one of our LGBT+ representatives on the Supporters Advisory Board.

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