‘People are people so why should it be,
You and I should get along so awfully’ – Depeche Mode
During the period of 25 November and 3 December 2017 all English Football League games will display rainbow coloured corner flags in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, and literally become ‘part of the pride’.
In the biggest display yet in football, EFL Clubs across the country will unite in their support of LGBT+ inclusivity by turning their corner flags rainbow coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
The rainbow coloured corner flags will be one of a wide range of activities that the EFL and its Clubs will be undertaking as part of the Rainbow Laces campaign between 25 November and 3 December 2017.
Aston Villa’s home tie with Ipswich and the away trip to Leeds United fall within this period.
The EFL will also change its logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version to show ‘solidarity to support lesbian, gay, bi and trans-gender fans, players and staff across the game’.
All EFL clubs have also been provided with rainbow laces, captain’s armbands and programme adverts.
The EFL points out that it will ‘remain the choice of the individual player as to whether they wear the rainbow coloured laces and armbands.’
Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign aims to make football everyone’s game with national teams, leading clubs, professional players, fans and grassroots players from across football showing their support.
Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive said in the EFL’s press release this week:
“We are proud to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign again for this season. Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for supporters attending EFL matches remains a key priority but the EFL and our Clubs are committed to providing a positive experience for all that stretches well beyond the 90 minutes of play.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt added:
“By making such a visible show of Rainbow Laces – with armbands and corner flags, as well as of course rainbow laces – the EFL is raising awareness on and off the pitch.
“We know we can’t solve this by ourselves and that’s why allies are so important. We need to create a culture where everyone can be themselves. From fans, to teams, and employees at all levels, when leadership organisations step up and commit to creating a welcoming and inclusive culture in football, everyone wins.”