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Supporters’ group proud to fly the canary flag at Wembley

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 November 2014

Proud Canaries displaying their banner at Wembley

Proud Canaries displaying their banner at Wembley

Archant

A group of Norwich City fans went to Wembley to fly the flag for the Proud Canaries and help kick homophobia out of football.

Juliet Jaques and Di Cunningham of the Proud Canaries, displaying their banner at WembleyJuliet Jaques and Di Cunningham of the Proud Canaries, displaying their banner at Wembley

The Football Association invited LGBT supporters’ groups from around the country to the stadium to lead workshops on making matches more inclusive, and watch England play Slovenia.

The Proud Canaries, one of the first officially-recognised LGBT supporters’ groups in England, led workshops to help people set up groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans as part of the Pride in Football initiative.

Workshop leader and Proud Canary Di Cunningham said: “Pride In Football has been a ground-breaking event, almost 100 football fans representing over 20 different clubs have shown their determination to raise the visibility and incluence of LGBT supporters.

“It’s been a real honour to share the good practice seen at Norwich City with fans from clubs who are only just beginning to engage with their LGBT supporters such as Manchester United and Chelsea.

“Together we can inprove the game environment, reducing homophobic chanting and abuse and increasing mutual respect in the stands.”

Stephen Fry is the honorary president of Proud Canaries, while Amal Fashanu, niece of former Norwich City star Justin Fashanu – the only professional English footballer to have come out as gay while still playing – is a patron.

Group member Juliet Jacques also made the trip and said: “It was incredible to fly the Proud Canaries flag at Wembley, I always look for England flags with Norwich City across them at games but I never imagined that one day I’d be there under a rainbow canary banner.”

For more information, search Proud Canaries on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter at @proudcanaries.

Are you part of a LGBT group involved in a national event? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk.

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