United and Proud. Happy Manchester Pride!

Around 50 Rainbow Devils members, club staff and United supporters joined the Manchester Pride Parade today (26th August) as thousands watched the parade march through Deansgate and through the city centre to Manchester’s Gay Village.

It’s our second year of being involved and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us on the parade, as well as the the club itself, for their solidarity and support.

This year Manchester United launched their “LOVE UNITED” campaign, bringing together members of our supporters’ club, Manchester United players and staff to send a clear message that football is for everyone, and no-one should be excluded from the beautiful game. Players Leah Galton, Martha Thomas, Marcus Rashford, Christian Eriksen, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot all spoke in support of pride and inclusion in football.

Manchester pride attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city every year. As well as being a protest for equality and inclusion, the parade is a celebration of LGBT life across our city, making a clear statement to the world that someone’s sexuality or gender should not be a barrier to achieving their full potential.

A number of our members also attended ‘Football Pride’ on Friday 25th August in Manchester, bringing together LGBT Supporters’ Clubs from across the game to share ideas, build links and celebrate football. Our co-chair, Lindsey Parr, spoke on the panel at the event’s plenary session.

We’d like to wish Reds all over the world a very happy Manchester Pride. Here are a few photos from a fabulous, proud couple of days!