EFL clubs across the country are uniting in support of LGBT inclusivity to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
Rainbow coloured substitution boards and corner flags will be used by all EFL clubs at their selected fixture to highlight their continued support for LGBT fans, players and staff across the game.
We have also been provided with a club-specific rainbow pennant to gather an image of the team pre-match and unite the League in its support across all fixtures. Daniel Ayala will also be wearing a rainbow captain’s armband both this evening and at Leeds on Saturday.
The EFL has also changed its logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version for the campaign and will share clubs' stories of LGBT fans in the game throughout the campaign period.
Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign is in support of LGBT equality with a key theme for this year focused on creating more allies to LGBT people in sport, as we work together to Make Sport Everyone’s Game.
The EFL’s support for Rainbow Laces forms part of its wider LGBT work delivered in conjunction with clubs through the Equality Code of Practice. This includes delivering activities, setting policies, and advising on recruitment and education at clubs.
Throughout this period, we will see a vast array of support not only an elite level but right across your communities, as we work together to Make Sport Everyone’s Game.
Over the last three years the Rainbow Laces has helped generate a huge amount of awareness around LGBT people in sport. 12 million people in Britain saw the campaign in November 2018, including 34 per cent of all sport fans. More importantly, Rainbow Laces has helped foster positive attitudes towards LGBT people in sport and persuaded allies to play their part. We found that:
- 59 per cent of fans who saw the campaign feel they have a responsibility to stick up for LGBT fans of the teams and sports they follow, compared to 44 per cent who didn’t see the campaign.
- 56 per cent of fans who saw the campaign feel more confident that reports of anti-LGBT language at live sport fixtures will be taken seriously.
- After seeing the Rainbow Laces campaign 41 per cent of sports fans believe they would be more likely to challenge anti-LGBT language at live sport fixtures, and 42 per cent would be more likely to challenge it on social media.
Here at MFC, we are committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect; by recognising inequalities exist; by taking steps to address them; and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.
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Rainbow Reds is our first official LGBT+ supporters group.
Founded in 2019, the group promotes inclusivity across the MFC family and aims to work alongside other supporters groups.
Rainbow Reds is not only for supporters who identify themselves as LGBT+, every fan is welcome to join should they wish to support the group. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also learn more by visiting the Rainbow Reds Facebook Group.