Hamilton Academical FC joins Stonewall’s award-winning Rainbow Laces campaign this month to back LGBT equality in sport.
This year’s campaign from Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, is challenging fans and athletes to be ‘active allies’ and to play their part in ensuring LGBT people feel included in sport.
The Rainbow Laces campaign will be running from Saturday 17 November until Friday 7 December. On Wednesday 28 November, thousands of fans are expected to take part in a mass lace up in a nationwide show of support for LGBT people in support.
The list of sports take part in this year’s campaign has grown exponentially, and now includes the British Olympic Association (Team GB), British Judo, English and Wales Cricket Board, English Football League, England Netball, England Rugby, England Rounders, the Football Association, the Football Association of Wales, the Football Association Women’s Super League and Championship, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, Premier League, Premiership Rugby, Professional Darts Corporation, Rounders England, Scottish Athletics, Scottish Professional Football League, Tyrells Premier 15s Women’s England Rugby UK Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Welsh Football Premiere Leagues, Welsh Regional Rugby clubs and Welsh Rugby Union.
The Rainbow Laces campaign is made possible by TeamPride, a consortium of 10 organisations committed to making sport everyone’s game. TeamPride members are adidas, Aon, Asos, Aviva, Barclays, eBay, Manchester United, Premier League, Sky Sports and Visa.
Neil Doncaster, SPFL Chief Executive, said: “We are once again proud to stand together with Stonewall and other major UK sporting leagues and show our support for the Rainbow Laces campaign. Scottish clubs are working hard to promote inclusion and diversity across all levels of the game and we hope that this campaign will help lead to greater tolerance and understanding of LGBT issues. We believe that football is a sport for all and everyone should feel welcome and safe at our matches, whether playing or spectating.”
Kirsty Clarke, Stonewall’s Director of Sport, said: ‘We’re proud to have the support of [organisation] for our Rainbow Laces campaign. It’s great to see organisations like [organisation] standing up as allies to LGBT people in sport and beyond. Their commitment to lacing up shows what an appetite there is for positive change across the sporting world.’
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “We are delighted that SPFL clubs are supporting our Rainbow Laces campaign, and by doing so, standing with LGBT football fans across Scotland. We want to see fans make similar commitments and become active allies to LGBT people by creating a welcoming environment and challenging abuse. Many LGBT people want to take part in football, either as players or fans, but abuse from a small minority makes many people feel unsafe. We look forward to working alongside the SPFL and clubs across Scotland to help make football everyone’s game.”
For more information about Stonewall please call 0207 593 1857. For more information about Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces Campaign, visit: [su_permalink]http://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/rainbowlaces[/su_permalink]
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