Fixture dedicated to annual Rainbow Laces campaign.
Leeds United’s Premier League fixture against West Ham United on Friday evening will be dedicated to Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign as we show our support for all LGBT+ people in football and beyond.
The work Stonewall continue to do in empowering the LGBT community to be their authentic selves and enabling them to realise their full potential is something we must all support. It is crucial the charity have allies to create positive change and are able to help individuals understand how they can make a difference whether it is at work, home or a football stadium.
The Rainbow Laces campaign, which started back in 2013, sends out a message of acceptance and hope as we celebrate the LGBT community and remember that football is for everyone.
The campaign has undertaken a relaunch this year with the chance for supporters to now celebrate specific identities under the LGBT+ umbrella, including lesbian, bi, pan, ace, trans and non-binary flags.
Since Stonewall created the campaign close to one million pairs of laces have been distributed and these new designs show the importance of allyship and creating inclusive communities, with the continuing aim of making sport everyone’s game.
The fixture on Friday will feature a Rainbow Laces ball plinth, handshake boards and substitutes boards as well as images across the LED perimeter boards. There will also be warm-up t-shirts, rainbow armbands for the two captains and pin badges to enable everyone to show their support.
For more information and to purchase your own pair of Rainbow Laces, please visit https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/rainbow-laces.