“Being a fan that’s openly gay, if I feel on edge and intimidated, what are players going to feel like?” — Interview with Huddersfield Town’s LGBT supporters group

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Huddersfield Town LGBT supporters group, Proud Terriers, talk about homophobia in football, support from the club and why they don’t expect footballers will come out.

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Ryan Mather, founder of Proud Terriers, Huddersfield Town’s first official LGBT supporters network, set up the group in October 2016. Photo: Ellis Robinson
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58% of British people think its important anti-LGBT language is challenged at live sporting events, yet only 25% feel confident to callout derogatory remarks. Photo: Ellis Robinson

“Being a fan that’s openly gay, if I’m feeling on edge and intimidated, what are players going to feel like?… no-one will come out at the moment because it’s not safe to do so. I feel most teammates would be supportive, it’s more the fans that are letting us down at the moment.”

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Jake Le-Billon, another member of Proud Terriers thinks that no footballer will come out because it’s difficult to educate some people that it’s wrong to hurl homophobic abuse. Photo: Ellis Robinson
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Ryan Mather, Jake Le-Billon and writer Brady Frost chatting around the John Smith’s Stadium prior to lockdown. Photo: Ellis Robinson

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