Purple Bombers is back for 2021, having banner representation and tossing the coin at Sunday’s home game against Fremantle on the eve of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Established in 2014, Purple Bombers is the official LGBTIQ+ supporter and community group of the Essendon Football Club, hosting events and having a presence at Essendon home games coinciding with IDAHOBIT since 2016.
It works closely with the club in providing a safe environment for all fans and players, continuing to lead for inclusiveness with many different initiatives, and taking on the responsibility to not except hatred, discrimination, sexism and homophobia to players, staff and supporters.
Purple Bombers’ 2021 vision is to talk footy, build its community and connect with its growing membership, with four levels of membership available to give you a connection to a community of footy heads in the LGBTIQ+ community.
Newly appointed Purple Bombers president Bindi Smith said she was excited and honoured to take the reins and continue to work with Essendon in its quest to become the most inclusive club in the AFL.
“We have many more steps to take before we can stop talking about homophobia, transphobia and any other hatred, sexism or discrimination in our great sport,” Smith said.
“We want everyone to be able to go to the footy and cheer on our team without prejudice or fear of being ridiculed for who we are, what we look like or who we love.
“Purple Bombers continues to be for everyone - it’s for the LGBTIQ+ community and also for allies who want to support the club. We are family friendly. I have two children who also barrack for the mighty Bombers. My eldest is so excited to get to the games this year with his membership, so absolutely Purple Bombers is for everyone.
“We know that 2020 was a tough year for all, and we would like to thank Purple Bombers members for sticking with us even though we could not deliver everything we have in previous years. We really hope members can come back for 2021, meet up and come to events when they occur. We want to keep growing our membership and have a real presence at Essendon games.
“Essendon Football Club wants to be the most inclusive club in the AFL, and if you believe in diversity then you can join the Purple Bombers and celebrate with us.”