NewsJürgen Klopp leads three nominations for LFC at British LGBT Awards
Liverpool FC has received three nominations in this year's British LGBT Awards, including a nod for Reds manager Jürgen Klopp.
Klopp is nominated in the Celebrity Ally of the Year category for his support of the LGBT+ community during the past 12 months. He joins a star-studded line-up in this category, with fellow nominees including Harry Potter icon Daniel Radcliffe and Formula One star Lewis Hamilton.
The prestigious annual awards, which will take place in London on June 24, celebrate leading LGBT+ activists, allies and celebrity figures who have worked to advance the rights of LGBT+ people during the past 12 months. The Celebrity Ally of the Year category is the only one that can be voted for by members of the public.
“I feel honoured to be nominated as an Ally of the Year by the British LGBT Awards,” said Klopp.
“I have always been a firm supporter of the LGBT+ community and if I can lend my voice to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in sport and wider society then I’m happy to do it.
“It is clearly an area in which we as a game, particularly on the men’s side, have far more to do before we can consider it a truly welcoming environment for members of the LGBT community.
“We have a long way to go, but thanks to Liverpool FC’s ongoing Red Together campaign we can continue to keep this important work front and centre and help to make a real difference.”
In November, Klopp met with Liverpool FC Women centre-back Meikayla Moore to celebrate Rainbow Laces’ ‘Lace up and Speak Up’ campaign.
They talked about the importance of LGBT+ awareness, allyship and inclusion in sport, and how the club, its fans and wider society can collectively work together to ensure that football is a safe space for all. The video can be watched below.
Liverpool FC’s work with its Red Together initiative has been nominated in the highly competitive Marketing Campaign of the Year category, and the club’s senior equality, diversity and inclusion manager, Rishi Jain, has been shortlisted for Business Ally.
“It’s an honour to be personally recognised by the British LGBT Awards,” said Jain. “I’m fortunate to work for an organisation that is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in everything it does and more broadly in sport and society.
“I’m so passionate about this area of work and to have the support of such inspiring role models and allies across the club is fantastic.”
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