JUST A BALL GAME? ANNOUNCE FIRST PATRONS LIST.
The Directors of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender football organisation, Just a Ball Game? are proud to announce their first list of PATRONS. The list consist of American alternative rockers GOSSIP, Professional Football Association (PFA) Chairman Clarke Carlisle (currently centre back at York City FC) Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and MP for Wallasey (who herself was first ‘out’ lesbian MP) Angela Eagle and her civil partner who is Chair of the TUC’s LGBT Committee, Maria Exall, GB Women’s Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team captain Claire Harvey and Manchester businessman Iain Scott.
Gossip confirmed their support for Just a Ball Game? this week following a summer of festival appearances and a short promotional tour of their 5th album ‘A Joyful Noise.’ No strangers to all things queer and campaigns themselves, Gossip are best known for their distinctive punk/indie/disco fusion sound and 2006 ‘gay anthem’ -Standing In the Way Of Control, written to high light the fight for equality and right to marry for LGBT people in the USA.
The band stated, “ We are proud to become Patrons of Just A Ball Game? and will continue to follow closely any campaigns under taken and hope to see the work load and achievements progress from football in the UK across the globe as sport, like music, is part of lifestyles and culture for both young and old and can help to provide opportunities and inspiration for many people.”
Just a Ball Game? had this to say about GOSSIP. '' We are excited and delighted to have Gossip come on board as PATRONS of Just a Ball Game? linking the world of LGBT/QUEER music with LGBT/QUEER SPORT and are grateful for the support of the band who have themselves pushed boundaries and become role models with their music.”
Iain Scott, a director and manager of Taurus bar and restaurant in Manchester, had the following comment on becoming a Patron, “ In recognition of the exhaustive hard work already invested in this very worthy cause, I am extremely happy to support Lindsay and Just A Ball Game? in all endeavours.”
The new, Just a Ball Game? website is due to go live in 2 weeks as part of the 2nd official birthday of the organisation.
Contact for further information:
Founding Director -Lindsay England oct.2012