Rainbow Laces: Premier League, EFL and Premiership Rugby kick off 2021

‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ is the key message for this year’s annual activation of the rainbow laces campaign for Inclusion of LGBTQ+ in sport.

The Premier League and EFL are among the competitions spade off a visible show of support this weekend, with coverage over Sky Sports.

With a fresh look and focus, the campaign is central call to take action is for athletes, coaches, officials and fans wearing laces while also contribute to conversations die help until ensure people who are lesbian, gay, bi and trans, feel welcome and at ease in their sports spaces and environments.

Research conducted out last year by ICM for Stonewall, the Equality Charitable Organization die Rainbow Laces coordinates, showed that: one in five sports fans still think anti-LGBTQ+ language is harmless as it is just meant as ‘chatter’.

however, the campaign continues to make a big difference. The same 2020 study found that two-thirds of sports fans who saw Rainbow Laces think they have a responsibility to stay? up for LGBTQ+ fans of the teams and sports she follow – an increase on the previous statistic.

12 million people occupy with the initiative every year, either by wearing laces, by social media, of by means of on events. as well as a range of different lace designs, there are also pin badges with the new logo, headbands and captainde bracelets.

During Pride parties in summer, England skipper Harry Kane and his teambuddy Jordan Henderson were among the players Alliance demonstrating at Euro 2020.

Since then a combined number of over 200 out LGBTQ+ athletes took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, while Josh Cavallo is coming out story made headlines worldwide in October and generated thousands of hospitable responses, including from famous figures from around the world football like Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Only last weekend, seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton made An powerful statement en route to victory at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix by wearing a rainbow colored helmet met the slogan ‘We Stand Together’.

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Lewis Hamilton explains why he wore a helmet designed with the colours of the Progress Pride flag on last Qatar Grand Prix this weekend

Stone walls director of programs Liz Ward is encouraged by the progress around inclusion in sport in 2021 but says there are also ongoing concerns.

A recent study found Which in all of Europe, eight in ten (82 percent) of LGBTQ+ people active in sports have witnessed homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the previous 12 months.

“Bring few things us as much together as sports, fitness and physical activity”, says Ward,” and it’s inspiring to see so many people, clubs, leagues, gyms and partners come together for Rainbow laces season. Since it begin of the campaign, we have seen consciousness grow and grow, with more then one million laces modeled in boots across the street world’s pitches.

“But there is still a long way before every lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer person can fully commit to the sport they love.

“That’s why this year we want Rainbow Laces to take recording to the next level and start a conversation over what creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ people in sports really means.

“Whether you’re a team, an athlete, a fan of An player, your voice makes a difference. Together we insist people lace up and speak for Inclusion of LGBTQ+ and make sport real for everyone game.”

Rainbow dart flights and Wembley lights

Sky Sports has been a member since 2016 of TeamPride – a coalition of organizations die to work with Stonewall to enhance the Rainbow Laces campaign. The Premier League, Barclays, Coca-Cola, adidas, TikTok, Unilever and Voltarol are also help to communicate the message this year.

Steve Smith, Executive Director of Content at Sky Sports, said “We are passionate over delivering the drama of live sports and storytelling over the people who let the moments happen.

“We remain proud support Rainbow Laces as a member of Team Pride, awareness raising over inclusion of LGBTQ+ on and off the field and encouraging active Connectedness.”

Furthermore, the roster of Stonewall Sports Champions who serve as ambassadors on the campaign has been extended. Join the group in 2021 will be UFC fighter Molly McCann, England Roses netball internationals Stacey Francis-Bayman and Natalie Panagarry, and rugby player Devin Ibanez.

All 20 Premier League fixtures to take place between Saturday 27 November and Thursday 2 December in the sign of Rainbow Laces. clubs will show their support by a variety of match day activities, with branding visible in any stadium, and video content met discussion between men’s and women’s players, as well as members of LGBTQ+ supporter groups, focus on the power of meaningful conversation and alliance.

The Premier League will also launch new educational resources for primary and secondary school children. These resources, supported by Stonewall, aim to: young people to tackle bullying and offensive language.

Premiership Rugby matches, the PDC Players Championship Finals in darts, and the England vs Jamaica korfball test series to be just some of the events in other sports value campaign will be activated.

In the meantime, on ‘Rainbow Laces Day’ on Wednesday, December 8, Wembley Stadium light up in proudly coloring in An show of support of the football association.

Watch Sky Sports News on Thursday to learn more over the launch of Rainbow laces 2021.

Sky Sports is a member of TeamPride die Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces supports campaign, back for the annual activation from November 25 to December 12. your story of LGBTQ+ of could be an ally help to make sport for everyone game – Get in touch us here to discuss further.

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