The Purple Bombers aim to assist the Essendon Football Club and the AFL in being leaders of change by creating a safe environment for LGBTIQ supporters and players, by encouraging and promoting diversity, and acceptance within the wider football community.
We are committed to removing homophobia from football and are striving towards our ultimate goals of establishing a pride round and assisting other AFL clubs to establish their own LGBTIQ supporter groups. We will also look to support IDAHOT day each year and plan to have major events around this day.
Established in 2014 initially as a supporters group, the Purple Bombers were announced as a Coterie group at the beginning of the 2016 season.
Our committee meets regularly, working hard at creating and establishing a strong and diverse Coterie Group and setting the foundations of a strong, safe and accepting supporter group for all.
Each year, the Purple Bombers will have number of offerings for its members around special merchandise to help show support and increase awareness along with a number of special events and meet-ups throughout the year usually associated with Essendon home games.
Behind the scenes the Purple Bombers are partnering with other like-minded organisations to work on AFL wide initiatives in the hope of creating a safe work place for all LGBTIQ players and supporters.