- Wigan Pride to take place on Saturday 10th August 2019.
- Event will mark 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York.
- Latics support the work of Football v Homophobia each season.
For the fourth year running, Wigan Athletic will be showing their support for Wigan Pride by helping to sponsor the event in the town centre on Saturday 10th August 2019.
This year’s event will highlight equality and diversity, and will also mark 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York, which led to the development of the gay rights movement across the world.
Each year, Latics support the work of Football v Homophobia, with players warming up in branded t-shirts and members of the U18s squad taking part in an educational workshop.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust will be working closely with Stonewall, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity in the United Kingdom, and the Premier League to provide training to its staff about how to make sessions more inclusive to LGBTQ young people.
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “Wigan Pride celebrations over the past three years have been excellent events which have helped to bring communities across Wigan together to highlight equality, diversity and respect in our borough.
He added: “We’re committed to promoting equality and diversity at Wigan Athletic through our Together programme and look forward to be in attendance at this year’s Wigan Pride.”
Taking place in the town centre from 11am-5pm, Wigan Pride will be a day of entertainment for the whole family, with activities including a street parade, arts, crafts, music and more, while club staff will be present at the event to showcase the work of the award-winning Community Trust.
Daniel Bonney, Vice Chair of the Wigan Pride Committee, said: “We’re so grateful and proud to have the support of Wigan Athletic for a fourth consecutive year. As an event organised by a voluntary multi-agency committee, we are solely funded by our partners and sponsors so it is amazing to have the support from one of the borough’s major sports teams.
He added: “From taking part in the Football v Homophobia activities to their work with Stonewall, it’s great to see the club being so inclusive and taking a stand for the local LGBTQ+ community.
If you are an LGBTQ Latics supporter or are interested in LGBTQ issues and would like to know more about the club’s Together programme, please contact Head of Community Tom Flower or call 01942 318090.