Chelsea to host LGBTQ+ seminar for London clubs to discuss ways to support fans

The event, 'From Allyship To Action', will take place on Monday 4 October and be attended by representatives from top-flight and Championship clubs, along with the FA and Premier League; members of LGBTQ+ fan groups from the clubs will also be present

Chelsea will host the seminar at Stamford Bridge on Monday 4 October (Getty)
Image: Chelsea will host the seminar at Stamford Bridge on Monday 4 October

Chelsea will next month host an event bringing London clubs together to discuss how football can do more to support LGBTQ+ fans.

The event, 'From Allyship To Action', will take place on Monday 4 October and be attended by representatives from top-flight and Championship clubs, along with the FA and Premier League.

Members of LGBTQ+ fan groups from the clubs will also be present, along with organisations such as Kick It Out and Stonewall FC.

A club statement said: "Chelsea FC is committed to ensuring our club is a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ people, and their friends and families, and is delighted to be able to work alongside other London clubs and football bodies, through this seminar, to address homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and stop hate across the game."

Arsenal, Brentford, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Millwall, QPR, Tottenham, Watford and West Ham will all attend the seminar, which will be hosted by Clare Balding at Stamford Bridge.

The seminar will consider what can be done to better support LGBTQ+ fans, how LGBTQ+ fan groups can keep diversifying, and what is being done to address homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic hate.

Crystal Palace head of human resources Julie Brown said: "Crystal Palace is incredibly proud of our diverse local community and fanbase, and we are committed to continue to work with our supporters to ensure that we are the most inclusive club that we can be.

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"We're thankful to the other clubs and organisations taking part in this seminar, and determined to continue to make progress in eradicating hate from our game."

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