The Premier League (PL) team, Leeds United FC have teamed up with Marching Out Together, to become a premium sponsor of Leeds Pride Parade 2022.
The English professional football club based in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire competes in the highest division of English football.
The Leeds Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday, August 7, in sync with the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season. The parade, now in its 17th year, intends to honour both the city’s diversity and act as an inspiring statement of the city’s LGBTQ+ community’s strengths and rights.
March Out Together is an official LGBTQ+ group founded in 2017 by Andrew Tilly and Drew Harrison, with the support of Leeds United.
A club spokesperson said, “Leeds United along with Marching Out Together are proud to announce that the club will once again be a Premium Sponsor for Leeds Pride 2022.
“The parade, which is the centrepiece of Pride and in its 17th year, will celebrate both the diversity of the city and also serve as an empowering statement of the strengths and rights of the city’s LGBTQ+ community. If any Leeds United supporters would also like to show their continued support for members of Marching Out Together and the local LGBTQ+ community, it would be fantastic to see you at the parade on Sunday August 7.”
Stephen Wignal, Chairman of Marching Out Together added, “It has been a momentous year which has seen the coming out of active professional male players, firstly Josh Cavallo in Australia, and more recently Jake Daniels at Blackpool; but more work still needs to be done in the game to help fans and players alike feel safe and welcomed by the sport they love.
“We thank the club for its continued active support – it is powerful and makes a real difference.
“After a turbulent year on the pitch it will be fantastic to join the club at Leeds Pride and celebrate the start of the new season… in the Premier League!”
The Pride Parade returns after a two-year break due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Sainsbury’s is this year’s platinum sponsor, with Leeds United joining Walker Morris, Lowell, Squealing Pig, TPP, and Acacium Group as premium sponsors.