Active Lincolnshire has teamed up with Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign to show support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people in sport.
We’re calling on Lincolnshire clubs and associations to commit to kick anti-LGBT attitudes out of sport. This follows research released by Stonewall, Britain’s leading LGBT equality charity, that shows 45 per cent of people who played sport in the past year have heard language that is offensive to LGBT people.
But the research, conducted by ICM in 2016, also showed that most sports fans welcome LGBT fans and players. Almost two thirds (63 per cent) said more should be done to make LGBT people feel accepted.
Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club made the pledge to support and welcome LGBT players, teammates and fans at their training session earlier this week.
Club Head Coach at Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club, Navaz Sutton, said: “At Cannons we believe that it doesn’t matter who you are, everyone should be able to play sport, so signing up to the Rainbow Laces campaign was a natural step for us.”
He added: “The Rainbow Laces campaign is a fun, easy and instant way to demonstrate that we are fully inclusive and that our members and supporters can be true to themselves when they are with us.”
Robbie de Santos, Head of Campaigns at Stonewall, said: “There are still people who think it’s acceptable to discriminate against LGBT people in sport, something we have to work together to stop.
“Stonewall works with sports clubs at all levels to show that supporting diversity, in all its forms, is the easiest way to build a more supportive and high-performing team and a strong, loyal following.
“The good news is that anyone involved in sport can be part of creating a more welcoming environment for LGBT people.”
Stonewall has sent Active Lincolnshire a selection of rainbow laces as part of their campaign. Whether you’re a club, organisation or individual, if you’d like to get involved and sign the pledge to receive a pair (or pairs) of rainbow laces please contact Zoe via email at email@example.com. Please note we have a limited supply of laces and they will be given out on a first come first pledged basis.