Rainbow Laces: Jurgen Klopp Explains Why He Supports LGBTQ + Inclusion Campaign In Chat With Meikayla Moore Of Liverpool Women | Football news
Jurgen Klopp says he is the “perfect example” of how Rainbow Laces helps raise awareness for inclusion.
In a conversation with Liverpool Women center-back Meikayla Moore, filmed at the club’s Melwood training group by LFC TV, the Reds manager discusses the campaign and explains how it inspired her to be an active ally for LGBTQ + people like her.
New Zealand international Moore, who joined the club from the FA Women’s Championship in August 2020, told Klopp his support “means everything”, especially for those of a younger generation who love Liverpool and can be at the forefront. grappling with their sexuality or gender identity.
“I really love the rainbow laces, every year when that happens,” Klopp tells Moore.
“I’m a perfect example of that – how the level of consciousness changes from the moment you put them on.”
As an ally, it is so important for us to have people like you who are in our corners and standing behind us.
The campaign theme for 2021 is ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ and Klopp has often been seen wearing the laces of his sneakers during his annual activation since joining Liverpool six years ago.
He explains to Moore how the visibility of the initiative has helped him better understand the importance of being an ally.
“I am 54 years old, I went through a lot of periods in my life but a lot of problems that I never had”, he adds.
“I have so many gay friends but I never thought about what it was like when they had to say ‘By the way, mommy, daddy’ – and to everyone – ‘I’m not exactly like you. hoped so, maybe ‘.
“It’s a challenge that we shouldn’t face, the way we face it in our lives.
“So, I’m completely in it. It’s a great campaign, I have to say, and it looks good! “
Moore, 25, wears shoelaces as a “proud and proud footballer” and to let others know that if they need help or advice they can contact her.
“In women’s football I was very lucky to be LGBTQ + is not as unusual as in men’s football. It’s very accepted and the community is very strong,” she said.
“But I think for all of football there is still a lot of work to be done, especially on the men’s side, just to make it an accepted platform and it’s okay to be who you are and be true to yourself. “
Liverpool welcome Southampton to the Premier League on Saturday as part of the club’s Rainbow Laces match.
Klopp will be wearing laces on the sideline again, and Moore tells him, “As an ally, it’s so important for us to have people like you who are in our corners and standing behind us.
“The greatest thing you can do is listen, support yourself, and educate yourself if you don’t know, because this is an area that maybe a lot more people can pay more attention to.
“It’s educational because at the end of the day we’re all people, we’re all humans, we all do the same thing, we all kick the ball. Your support means everything.”
Watch Jurgen Klopp’s Rainbow Laces chat with Meikayla Moore in full on the Liverpool FC YouTube channel.
Henderson “proud” to be seen as an ally
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson says he shares Klopp’s feelings for the campaign.
Writing in his program notes ahead of the Southampton clash at Anfield, the England international – who scored for his country while wearing rainbow laces at Euro 2020 – believes football is making progress on the matter. LGBTQ + inclusion, but that more can be done.
“I can really only speak for myself when I say this impacted my own awareness on the subject,” Henderson wrote. “Every season, when it comes, it makes me stop and think about what football in particular needs to do before the game can see itself as truly inclusive.
“Whether it’s the people who play or the people who come to support, you don’t have to look far to see that there is a lot more that gambling can do in this country to be more welcoming.”
In his notes, the 31-year-old also addressed the issue of homophobic chants. In August, Klopp urged Liverpool fans not to sing ‘Chelsea rent boy’ to opposition players after Billy Gilmour – on loan from Norwich – was targeted in the club’s Carrow Road victory.
“Here at LFC we have seen this season that members of our own fan base have felt unwelcome because some of our fans sang a historic song that is homophobic. We know that because they had the courage. to tell us.
“I still remember the statement made by Paul Amann, founder of Kop Outs, when talking to Jurgen about it. He said it made him feel like a bucket of cold water had been poured on him, like You will never walk alone meant nothing.
“I have since heard that raising awareness of this issue has meant that when some fans have tried singing or shouting something homophobic during a game, other fans now step in and tell them it’s wrong. This is how we move forward, by showing this level of solidarity and drawing a line.
“I’ve said before that I don’t feel worthy of being labeled an ally on this subject, but I’m incredibly proud to be seen as such.”
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