GayGooners given special send-off by men's squad

Pride in London Parade

Our GayGooners supporters’ group was given a special send-off by Mikel Arteta and our men's players as they departed our London Colney Training Centre for the Pride in London Parade this morning. 

After a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re celebrating the return of the Pride in London Parade in style with an open-top, double-decker float, adorned with rainbow colours and the Arsenal and GayGooners logos.  

Speaking about the float and the special moment between the team and the GayGooners, our defender Rob Holding said:  “It looks great! I’m sure they’ll have a great day parading on the rooftop and dancing to the music.

"Arsenal is a global club, and our actions influence the world. The way we support Pride, having the banner in the stadium, it’s important that Arsenal is for everyone ensuring people feel part of the club and everyone is accepted.  

“We want to make it the norm, we want everyone to feel included and if we can be leaders and get other clubs to follow us then that would be a great thing.”  

As well as being represented in the parade, this week the club and GayGooners also held an event at Emirates Stadium, with a panel discussing the importance of creating and maintaining meaningful connections between football clubs and their LGBTQ+ supporters.

Now in their tenth year, the GayGooners have always blazed a trail in football after becoming the first-ever LGBTQ+ football supporters’ group in the UK, as well as the first to attend a Pride In London Parade. 

We are proud of our ongoing collaboration with the GayGooners which is focused on building an environment at Arsenal in which everyone feels welcome, and can be themselves. 

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