LA Galaxy's Robbie Rogers becomes patron of Leeds' MarchingOut group

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U.S. international Robbie Rogers has agreed to become a patron of his former club Leeds United's MarchingOutTogether initiative.

LA Galaxy winger Rogers, who announced he was gay in 2013, has given his support for the group, which is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans and their friends.

The 30-year-old, who had a brief spell at Leeds between 2012 and 2013, told the club's official website: "I am delighted to accept the invitation to become a patron of MarchingOutTogether and to renew my connection with Leeds United.

"I received a warm welcome from the Leeds fans before a match when I returned to Elland Road a few years ago as an openly gay man, but football still faces a huge challenge to overcome homophobia in all parts of the game.

"I am passionate about playing my role in combating homophobia and other forms of discrimination in sport and football generally, and I believe the recent growth of LGBT fan groups is an important part of this campaign.

"I would like to wish MarchingOutTogether every success and I look forward to playing my part as their patron."

Rogers joined the Galaxy in 2013, having announced his retirement at the age of 25 a few months earlier.