20 February 2024

Hermansen & Cayman Meet Foxes Pride At Dover Castle

Ahead of Leicester City and LCFC Women’s dedicated Football v Homophobia fixtures at King Power Stadium this weekend, goalkeeper Mads Hermansen and midfielder Janice Cayman met members of Foxes Pride to learn more about the group and the work they do to make football a safe environment for LGBTQ+ fans.

Leicester City stars Mads Hermansen and Janice Cayman met Foxes Pride members at the Dover Castle pub

The meet-up, which also honoured LGBT History Month, was held in the Dover Castle pub in Leicester city centre and saw Hermansen and Cayman introduced to the work of Foxes Pride and their efforts alongside Leicester City to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football.

Hermansen said: “It was an honour to meet Foxes Pride and learn about their incredible efforts in promoting inclusivity in football and making coming to watch Leicester City a safe and welcoming environment.

“As players, we have a responsibility to support and stand up for all fans, and events like these allow us to deepen our understanding and contribute to positive change.”

The Football v Homophobia initiative challenges discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

It was formed by the Justin Campaign in 2010, a group founded in 2008 to demonstrate that 10 years after Justin Fashanu’s tragic suicide in 1998, homophobia is still hugely prevalent in both grassroots and professional football.

Branding will be visible throughout King Power Stadium this weekend, with the Men’s team facing Middlesbrough on Saturday and LCFC Women hosting Bristol City the following day. Both fixtures will kick-off at 3pm GMT.

Cayman added: “I am proud to be part of a Club that actively supports its LGBTQ+ community. Meeting with Foxes Pride members was a really great experience, and it further solidified my belief in the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment for all fans.”

By showcasing its ongoing commitment to inclusivity, the event at the Dover Castle pub, which is an LGBTQ+ venue where Foxes Pride meet on home matchdays, aimed to highlight how the Football Club fosters an environment where all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, feel valued and supported.

The Club remains committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse fanbase, and events like this demonstrate its dedication to promoting equality within the sport.


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