Liverpool FC's presence at Liverpool Pride this year was more colourful than ever - with nearly 100 club representatives flying the flag for LFC (literally) while joining the march through the city to support and raise awareness of inclusivity and diversity.
The LFC representatives included former Liverpool Ladies FC and England International Becky Easton, who greeted fans along the way on Saturday.
She said: “I’ve had a great time. Pride is always so much fun and it’s refreshing to see clubs and organisations like LFC showing their support so passionately.”
The LFC contingent was joined by the Liverpool FC LGBT+ Fan Group 'Kop Outs' who, in a dazzling display of LGBT pride, brought along their very own homage to the LGBTQ+ community - an LFC-inspired drag queen, Lily Liver.
Paul Amann, Liverpool FC’s LGBT representative and chair of Kop Outs, said: “We love taking part in Pride each year and this year was better than ever, with our drag queen Lily Liver receiving an amazing response from LFC fans during the march - a fitting way to showcase our Kop Outs fan group during Pride.”
The LFC inspired drag queen costume was designed by students from Liverpool-based Rare School of Fashion, who embraced the unique project to come up with an extravagant costume that made Lily Liver the showpiece of the Pride procession.
James Lacey, course leader at the Rare School of Fashion, said: “We loved developing this costume for Liverpool Pride, and working with Kop Outs to create the LFC inspired design. The students have loved seeing it paraded at Pride this weekend.”
In celebration and support of Liverpool Pride, LFC has also dressed its retail store windows with Pride-themed displays, and for nearly two weeks Anfield's Kop has been lit up each evening in the colours of the rainbow.
Earlier in July, the LFC Foundation also hosted a special LGBTQ+ Football tournament for Pride at Anfield Sports and Community Centre.