QPR have announced the formation of their first LGBT supporters group ‘Rainbow Rangers’.
Hot on the heels of National Inclusion Week, the group has been created to welcome fellow R’s from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community and allies, whilst further supporting the club’s continued campaign to help kick homophobia out of football.
It follows an advert in QPR’s matchday programme and social media channels which was warmly received by the Rangers faithful.
R's fan and group leader Emma Miller-McCaffrey was behind the advert and says she's been overwhelmed by the support shown.
Speaking to the club's website, she said: “We’re very proud of the support QPR has shown us in getting the group off the ground. In return, we hope to do the club proud by helping to further develop their work in promoting diversity and inclusion in the stands and beyond.
“We have had a great response from other clubs’ supporters too, as well as organisations such as Pride in Football, Football v Homophobia and the Football Supporters' Federation.”
Andy Evans, QPR in the Community Trust CEO, added: “We’re delighted to help set up the club’s first LGBT group.
“QPR welcomes all supporters, regardless of race, religion, sexuality or gender, and the Rainbow Rangers is further evidence of that.
“We look forward to working with them and are excited about how the group can develop and grow in the future.”
Rainbow Rangers will be formally introduced at Loftus Road during QPR’s game with Aston Villa in W12 on Saturday 18th November.
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