FC Bayern sends out a signal for diversity
Wed, 21/06/23, 11:43
Allianz Arena in rainbow colours - support at CSD
This year, FC Bayern will once again support its fan club "QUEERPASS Bayern" with various activities at the Christopher Street Day parade in the city centre on Saturday with, among others, mascots Berni and Mia taking part. In the evening, the German record champions will once again light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours from 21:15 to 23:15 CEST to campaign for peaceful coexistence and against discrimination of any kind.
FC Bayern president Herbert Hainer: "FC Bayern is pleased to once again stand alongside our fan club 'QUEERPASS' on Christopher Street Day and to send another visible signal with the illumination of the Allianz Arena. It's very important for our club to have an open and honest dialogue with our queer supporters. Once again, we pay special tribute to our former president Angelo Knorr, who had a decisive influence on FC Bayern as Kurt Landauer's predecessor. He was once arrested because of his homosexuality and died a physically and mentally shattered man. There must be no room for homophobia, hatred and exclusion of any kind in our society. The FC Bayern family stands for diversity and tolerance - and 'QUEERPASS Bayern' is an important part of our community."
Marcus Janke, „QUEERPASS Bayern“: "Once again, FC Bayern is by our side at the CSD in Munich and is sending its two mascots Berni and Mia to join us on the route. We hope that, like last year, some FC Bayern employees will also be participating, because in our eyes this makes the connection to the queer community even clearer. This year's CSD in Munich is bigger than ever with 181 participating groups. FC Bayern is represented by us, its queer fan club, and shows that the issue of diversity is now firmly established on the club's agenda, especially through the club-wide initiative 'Red against Racism'."
Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in the evening
FC Bayern also underlined its open-minded attitude at the weekend as organiser of the "Diversity Mountain", which was attended by around 800 visitors. At the joint sports experience, children, young people and families sent a signal for diversity and against exclusion of any kind as part of the club-wide initiative "Red against Racism". The panel discussion on the issue of diversity was attended by Benny Folkmann from "Red against Racism", educational scientist Jennifer Danquah, Barbara Gruner (head of SOS Children's Villages worldwide) and FCB disabled fans officer Kim Krämer, as well as Thomas Ponetsmüller from "QUEERPASS Bayern". "Through this event with the brilliant name 'Diversity Mountain', FC Bayern has once again shown in our eyes how important the issue of diversity is at the club," he concluded. "FC Bayern uses its appeal and engages with members, fans, employees, but also everyone who is interested in the issue of diversity with all its facets. The panel discussion with participants on the various issues produced interesting insights and findings. We were very pleased to be able to be part of it."
A colourful Allianz Arena has been a visible statement to accompany Munich's CSD since the summer of 2016. In addition, the home of the German record champions has also been lit up in rainbow colours on other occasions such as the "Diversity Day" and the "Remembrance Day in German Football" in recent years.
Last Saturday, FC Bayern extended an invitation to "Diversity Mountain":