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or trying to be a mouth piece for something that didn’t represent them. That they didn’t want me represent them. But this is getting close to what it’s all about. Representation is key here. I knew before I made the fundraising page that there certainly were people who wanted to be represented by this flag. People who still feel they have to stay invisible in the crowd for fear of reprisal. There was, however, no way of knowing how everybody would feel until I put things into action. The reaction has been astounding. I would very obviously be lying if I said it has had an overwhelming support. As rough estimate I would say it’s been 50-50. Those who are in favour of it are resoundingly so. Those who express an opinion against it fall in to many categories. A quick look at any of the threads of comments will have you see some of the awful, out dated, narrow minded responses. Unfortunately, that is always going to be the case. The ones that really interested me are along the lines of “I don’t care what your sexuality is but I don’t want a rainbow flag. Keep it black and white”. That’s a great attitude to have and if everyone felt like that there would be no need for a flag. The reaction has convinced that there is still a need. tf 18

There are fellow fans who feel St James’ Park will be a safer place for them, simply by seeing a flag, one of many, waved in the crowd. Most of us can’t begin to imagine how that would feel. Opposing a flag that represents diversity and acceptance because you’re already perfectly accepting seems illogical to me. I won’t dwell too much on the comments as they’re quite easy to find for anyone who is interested. I have been told though that we should be making other flags instead. To that I say we should be making other flags as well. Anyone one can do it and myself or Gallowgate flags will be happy to help. That was the initial idea after all. If you have an idea that you feel better represents you or your group then do it. We want to demonstrate both our diversity and the fact that we unite for a common cause. The idea that one slightly different coloured flag in a sea of many should define us as a whole is madness.

A quick look at any of the threads of comments will have you see some of the awful, out dated, narrow minded responses. Unfortunately, that is always going to be the case.

I heard suggestion that this will lead to the next flag being “Rasta Benitez on a Jamaican flag smoking a spliff”. Personally, I think that’s genius and would happily stick a fiver in. I also heard the “other clubs will take the piss out of us” point being made. Do you take the piss out of Spurs for their Proud Lilywhites flag? Or out of Arsenal for their Gay Gooners banner? www.true-faith.co.uk

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