Manchester United have officially announced that they will be entering a strategic partnership with the equal rights charity Stonewall.
Stonewall focus on rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members in society and are the largest LGBT rights organisation in Europe.
The Red Devils have signed up to Stonewall’s ‘Diversity Champions programme’, which has been established to help employers integrate LGBT+ inclusion into the workplace. As part of the programme, the club will ‘gain access to expert consultation, training and dedicated resources from Stonewall to support the club’s work on LGBT+ inclusion.’
United are determined to promote diversity and inclusion under its banner of ‘All Red All Equal’. This latter campaign is already in motion and has been utilised to challenge hate crime online, and to promote mental health awareness and gender quality.
The club’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, said the following about their recent collaboration: “We’re immensely proud of our relationship with Stonewall and delighted to be taking it to the next level with this strategic partnership. Diversity is a source of strength for Manchester United and ensuring a welcoming environment for LGBT+ employees and fans is a crucial part of that.”
United became the first football club to join Stonewall’s TeamPride coalition back in 2017.