Foxes Prize Quiz Night 2021

On Friday 15th October 2021, Foxes Pride was finally able to host our 5th birthday party – 18 months late! Better late than never!

Check out the album here for some photos of the event. After so long in UK lockdowns, it was amazing to see so many of Foxes Pride friends and family members all under one roof, at the Blues Bar next door to the King Power stadium.

When Foxes Pride met LCFC’s Academy

During February 2022 half-term in Leicestershire, our chair Graeme Smith and Foxes Pride member Mags Keatman spent time with some of Leicester City Football Club’s U18 players. This was part of LCFC Academy’s diversity programme to raise awareness about LGBT+ issues and to highlight the importance of being an ally.

The Academy players learnt what LGBT+ stands for, the history of LGBT+ rights and the issues that are faced. Personal experiences of homophobic abuse were shared, and the players were asked to think about what it means to be an ally. It was a fantastic engagement and we thank everyone at the Academy for giving us the opportunity to educate, and to make us feel very welcome.

We really do have one of the best football academies going!

When Foxes Pride met with Brendan Rodgers and LCFC senior players

During the early months of the 2021/2022 season, Foxes Pride had a unique opportunity to have discussions with Brendan Rodgers and five of LCFC’s senior players about LGBT+ issues and the need to improve inclusion in football.

Some committee members of Foxes Pride, including their Chair Graeme Smith, shared insight into what it’s like to be an LGBT+ football fan, and discussed the importance of Brendan Rodgers and the players to be allies. LCFC released a story on the website during Rainbow Laces week and the story can be found here.

Foxes Pride also used the meeting to give back to LCFC the now famous rainbow flag that Jamie Vardy signed from the Sheffield United game in the 2020/2021 season.

When LCFC and Foxes Pride did FvH 2022!

On Sunday 13th February 2022, the Football v Homophobia fixture at the King Power stadium was Leicester City v West Ham United.

Foxes Pride set up a stall in the Fanstore before the fixture to meet supporters and raise awareness of Foxes Pride and the Football v Homophobia campaign.

The team was photographed with Foxes Pride flag and wore FvH tops in warm-up. We also had a Foxes Pride social straight after the game at the King Power stadium – thank you LCFC!

Jump to the album here to see some of the photos taken – thank you to all contributors,

FvH 2022 awards – nominations for both LCFC and Foxes Pride!

We are beyond delighted to be nominated for the Football v Homophobia’s Supporters Group award alongside our friends from Proud Lilywhites and Proud Baggies.

And we are equally delighted that Leicester City Football Club has also been nominated in the Professional Club category. LCFC has been committed to supporting the LGBTQ community across their supporters and their whole organisation. We at Foxes Pride are proud to partner with them, who enables us to be a strong, visible supporters group.

The winners are due to be announced on Friday 25th February 2022 – come on LCFC and Foxes Pride! We’ll be posting in the coming weeks about various events that will go into more detail as to why LCFC and Foxes Pride have been nominated – stay tuned 🙂

If you haven’t had a chance to read the article as published on LCFC’s website, the link can be found here.

Rainbow Laces 2020 – Schmeichel’s signed captain’s armband

We were delighted and honoured that LCFC’s Kasper Schmeichel signed and donated a rainbow’s captain armband to Foxes Pride. Thank you – what an amazing gesture.

We were delighted and honoured that LCFC’s Kasper Schmeichel signed and donated a rainbow’s captain armband to Foxes Pride. Thank you – what an amazing gesture.

The story of the donated captain’s armband was published by LCFC on their official website – if you want to read the article, then it can be found here. Again, thank you so much everyone at LCFC.

FvH 2021 – when LCFC featured Lee from Foxes Pride

Leicester City Football Club has well and truly hit the back of the net with their articles throughout February 2021 to mark LGBT+ History Month and Football v Homophobia. This latest article featured another one of our own, Lee Lester, a Foxes Pride member.

Lee shares his personal story about his experience of being trans, raises the awareness of the trans community, and discusses some of the challenges that he’s faced in a football setting.

“I’d really encourage people, no matter who they are, where they come from and what their background is to just educate themselves a little bit about trans lives. There’s some amazing resources out there on the internet that you can read and learn about. Education breaks down so many barriers, so that would be a really powerful thing. My other point to anyone who is trans and doesn’t feel like football is for them is to make it be. Speak to other trans people and realise that we need to change football, we can’t expect football to change for us. We have to turn up and be counted and be present in order to change the face of football. The game should be for everybody.”

Quote by Lee Lester in the LCFC.com article, 24th February 2021

If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, we thoroughly recommend that you do: the link to the article can be found here.

FvH 2021 – when LCFC featured Carol and Fiona from Foxes Pride

Leicester City Football Club posted another article in their series to mark LGBT+ History Month and Football v Homophobia in February 2021. This one is a great read featuring Foxes Pride members Carol Ward and Fiona Barber.

Fiona and Carol share their personal story as Leicester City fans, and give their advice about coming out: “It’s about being who you are because it’s harder to be somebody you’re not.”

If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, the link to the article can be found here.

Watch this space for lots more content in February 2021 as part of FvH2021 and LGBT+ History Month, including the Find Filbert competition. 🦊

FvH 2021 – when LCFC featured Paul and Foxes Pride

Continuing the amazing efforts of Leicester City Football Club to mark LGBT+ History Month in February 2021, they published an article featuring Foxes Pride member Paul Malley where he shared his personal story of being gay and liking football: with the view that hopefully is obvious to say, that there’s nothing wrong with being gay and liking football!

It’s a great read, that includes the importance of campaigns such as Football v Homophobia and the work done by Foxes Pride. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, the link to the article can be found here.

Watch this space for lots more content in February 2021 as part of FvH2021 and LGBT+ History Month!

FvH 2021 – LCFC’s Sophie Howard on being an ally

To mark LGBT+ History Month in February 2021, Leicester City Football Club published an article featuring LCFC Women defender Sophie Howard. She discussed the importance of being an ally to the LGBT+ community.

It’s another great read, so please go give LCFC’s article a read, the link to the article can be found here.

Sophie mentions her meeting with Foxes Pride and James Justin in December 2020, summarised in this blog post.

Watch this space for lots more content in February 2021 as part of FvH2021 and LGBT+ History Month!