Rainbow Blades, Sheffield United’s LGBTQ+ and Allies supporters group, are reminding people the Trans community will always be welcome as Transgender awareness week gets underway.

This week is all about visibility, education & standing side by side to address the issues the Trans community faces, running from 13 to 19 November.

Stephanie Bradley, 69, a Trans member of Rainbow Blades said: “We’re all normal people, we just don’t associate with the gender we were born with.

Stephanie Bradley

“I was 6 when I first went to the football and have had a season ticket for most of that time, so I’ve been going for 63 years. I still go to Sheffield United in my ‘male mode’, but I don’t think there would be a problem with going as a woman.

“It’s not what I prefer. There’s not really any gay, bisexual, transgender in the football spectrum.

“In 2015 I legally became a woman. It’s a long process as you have to have the medical side, the gender clinics and you have to prove you’ve lived as yourself for two years.

“It is a difficult process and a lot of people give up. I think it’s important to have Transgender awareness week to make it clear that we’re normal.”

A spokesperson for Rainbow Blades said: “At Rainbow Blades, we welcome everyone including the Trans community as they are part of the LGBTQ+ community and that should never be forgotten.

“The Trans community are facing major struggles at the moment and we must as a society come together to ensure Trans people feel like they can be who they are safely. We have Trans Blades part of our group and they have been empowered to be vocal & positive role models.”

You can find out more about Rainbow Blades here