Bristol City fixture dedicated to LGBT campaign.
Leeds United's fixture against Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to supporting Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign.
The initiative is one that encourages everyone involved in sport across the UK, whether it is players, fans, staff, referees or match officials, to show their support for LGBT+ equality and inclusivity. The campaign is specifically aimed at promoting the important message of having respect for LGBT+ people not just within sport, but in society.
To help celebrate the occasion there will be members of Marching Out Together, the club’s official LGBT+ supporter group, who will be joined by their families to hold flags in the centre of the pitch as the players emerge from the tunnel ahead of kick-off.
The club has also organised for rainbow corner flags to be used during the game and defender Liam Cooper will be wearing a rainbow captain’s armband for the match.
One of the flag carriers, Jamie, spoke about the support shown from the club: “When Leeds United sponsored Leeds Pride this summer it was just amazing. Marching with other LGBT+ fans, alongside my Dad was a very special day in my life.
“Being on the pitch today is going to be another amazing experience and will make me so proud, especially of the club I love and have supported all my life. I hope that today will help other young fans know that the Leeds United family welcomes everyone.”
Another young flag bearer at today’s game, Bremner, has experienced tough times because of his sexuality and has spoken out about the importance of national awareness campaigns, he said: “The Rainbow Laces campaign can help people realise that being yourself is okay, no matter who you are.
“Hopefully it will help people to not disrespect others because of their sexuality, to be aware that LGBT+ phobia is not okay and hopefully campaigns like today stop it from happening.”
The Leeds United Ladies team will also be showing their support to the Rainbow Laces campaign when they take on Chorley FC Women on Sunday afternoon (25 November) in the Northern One Division League.
Members of the Marching Out Together supporter group will be in the Fan Zone ahead of kick-off and they will be handing out rainbow laces to supporters so pop along to see them.
If you would like to get in touch with the Leeds United official LGBT+ supporter group you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow them online:
Twitter: @marchingoutlufc Facebook: Marching Out Together