AFC Bournemouth leads the way with their progressive approach to LGBT+ equality in football.
While other Premier League clubs play catch-up, it’s AFC Bournemouth who is paving the way for a more inclusive environment for LGBT+ fans of the sport.
The top tier club recently announced their new ticket option which will allow gender-neutral fans to use ”Mx” on their tickets, rather than Mr or Miss etc.
This isn’t the first time Bournemouth has made groundbreaking movements towards a more diverse ambience for those involved with them.
In 2015 their club photographer – Sophie Cook – became the first ever transgender person to work in the Premier League following their promotion in 2015, receiving a wave of support from the manager, coaches, players and fans of Bournemouth.
Ever since their promotion to the top tier, the Cherries have consistently shown their support to not only LGBT+ fans but the LGBT+ community in the Bournemouth area too.
In 2016, they pledged their support to Bournemouth University as they prepared for their annual LGBT+ history month, working with the Students Union and LGBT+ society.
Bournemouth then announced their plans to fully support their newly established LGBT+ fan group – ”Proud Cherries” – hosting an inaugural meeting at the vitality stadium where fans could sign up to be a part of the group.
Homophobia in football is a topic that generates discussion across its worldwide platform, but AFC Bournemouth continues to set an example to others by showing what more can be done to support the LGBT+ community within football.
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