Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League clubs will once again be lacing up in support of Stonewall Cymru’s Rainbow Laces campaign over this coming weekend’s round of fixtures.
Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, is this year challenging fans and athletes to be ‘active allies’ and to play their part in ensuring LGBT people feel included in sport.
As well as WPWL players wearing Rainbow Laces on their respective campaign match days, Stonewall has released resources for clubs and fans on what they can do to promote LGBT equality in sport. More information on these resources can be found at www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/rainbowlaces
Research has suggested that the Rainbow Laces campaign has inspired around 7 million people feel to more positive about LGBT inclusion in sport after having seen the campaign, with around 4.8 million people say they would be more likely to challenge anti LGBT language in sport. (ICM/Stonewall Research, 2017).
However, there is still more to do, as more than two in five LGBT people (43 per cent) think public sporting events aren’t a welcoming space for LGBT people (LGBT in Britain: Hate crime and discrimination, YouGov and Stonewall 2017).
Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru, said:
“It’s brilliant to see the FAW supporting our Rainbow Laces campaign again this year; from the national teams to grassroots; hundreds of footballers will be lacing up in support of LGBT inclusion in sport. They’ll be joined by players and supporters from a range of other sports.
“We need every sports fan and organisation to stand up as an ally to LGBT people in their sport and beyond. So this year we are calling on everyone to be an active ally.
“It’s simply being a good teammate and taking responsibility for making LGBT people feel welcome. Not only can you show your support, you can challenge chants or insults about LGBT people, or report abuse, whether that’s online, watching live sport or taking part.
“Support has been so huge this year we have extended the campaign from one to three weeks. Whether you’re in to cricket, darts, rugby, football or athletics, your sport is taking part and lacing up.”
Keep an eye on WPWL and club social media channels to see what clubs will be doing over the action weekend.