Proud Seagulls, a new Brighton & Hove Albion LGBT+ supporters’ group is being launched today.
FOUNDER member of Proud Seagulls, Stuart Matthews originally had the idea for this LGBT+ fan group some years ago then following promotion to the Premier League last season felt it was the right time to set up the group.
“Most Premier League and Championship sides have a recognised LGBT+ supporters’ group, and we should be no different,” says Stuart.
“In fact over the years we, as a club and fans, have suffered more with homophobic/transphobic chants from opposing fans than any other supporters. This is something as a group we intend to tackle in order to reduce and ultimately eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism not just from football, but from society as a whole.
The group has gained momentum over the past six months and has been working with Brighton & Hove Albion to become an official supporters’ club. “We are also excited by the club’s partnership with Brighton Pride 2018 and are looking forward to supporting the club for the city’s biggest annual event,” he said.
Proud Seagulls is a member of Pride in Football – an alliance of the Nation’s LGBT+ supporters’ groups engaging with their own clubs with the aim of combatting prejudice together.
They will be holding a launch event on Thursday May 31, from 7-9pm at The Latest Bar, Manchester Street Brighton BN2 1TF.
Anyone who identifies as LGBT+, and is a fan of Brighton & Hove Albion is welcome to go along, sign up and join the new supporters’ group.
Event: Proud Seagulls launch event
Where: The Latest Bar. Manchester Street, Brighton
When: Thursday, May 31