Proud Jags came about thanks to many – the Equality Network, the Scottish Government, LEAP Scotland and, of course, Partick Thistle itself.
In May 2017, Scott Cuthbertson of the Equality Network, published the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter. This had the full support of the Scottish Government’s Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn MSP.
Then the board of Partick Thistle come into the story.
Jacqui Low, one of Thistle’s directors, and Chief Executive Ian Maxwell knew how important it was for Thistle to be at the forefront of efforts to confine homophobia in football to history. So with help from LEAP Scotland and the “Pride in Football” organisation, the latter with the help of Di Cunningham, Proud Jags was born.
Beth Adamson, Thistle’s Supporters Liaison Officer, was a great help in moving things forward. So on December 2nd 2017 – Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces Day – Proud Jags was officially launched at Firhill.
We also gladly acknowledge the work done by LEAP Scotland which has provided useful data on the extent of the challenge confronting those of us who want to make football a truly inclusive game.
The Proud Jags is very much part of the wide family of supporters at Firhill.
The aim is simple: we want to encourage more fans from the LGBT+ community to feel at home at Firhill and support Partick Thistle.
We also want to do all we can to help rid Scottish Football as a whole of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
We know this is possible. Show Racism the Red Card has helped end the ugly racism that permeated football for many decades. Now we have to do the same with homophobia and transphobia so that in the future all Scottish football grounds will provide a welcoming environment for everyone.
This page updated 30-11-2017