Arbroath Football Club was delighted to show our support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans players and fans by wearing Rainbow Laces during our Ladbrokes League One match against Stenhousemuir FC on Saturday
Rainbow Laces is Stonewall Scotland campaign to change attitudes in sport and make sure that LGBT people are welcomed and accepted at all levels of the game.
Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have a poor experience in sport and have experienced discrimination because of who they are.
Research shows that almost half of LGBT people think that public sporting events, such as football matches, aren’t a welcoming space for them.
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.”
Arbroath Secretary and Director, Dr Gary Callon said: “Arbroath Football Club is proud to be supporting the Rainbow Laces Campaign. We want all fans to feel welcome and included at games at Gayfield Park and do our best to make it a family environment.”
Football, whether supporting your team on the terraces or playing on the pitch should be somewhere everyone can be themselves.”
We can only stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behaviour and language from happening in football by showing that it is not acceptable, at every level of the game.
We are dedicated to eradicating any forms of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic behaviour and making sure Arbroath Football Club is a place where LGBT fans can be safe and accepted. We need you to stand with us as allies to LGBT people.
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Find out more at http://www.stonewall.org.uk/rainbowlaces