It started with a lace.
We’re so proud of our Rainbow Laces, worn in support of LGBTQ+ equality.
With more than a million people lacing up in rainbow so far, we are Team PROUD.
But something’s still tied up in knots.
Large parts of the LGBTQ+ community still feel unwelcome at sporting events, where the thrill should be a guaranteed result.
There are still those who bully, belittle and exclude, meaning team by team, event by event, LGBTQ+ people feel out of place. Reluctant to participate. Uncomfortable to spectate. Nervous to truly be their true selves.
But just think.
How much stronger would we be if we worked together? We’re all part of the same team, and our support is far stronger if we celebrate our differences.
East Fife Football Club are proud to once again stand beside Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign for 2021.
More than a million people have laced up, and 12 million participants engage every year.
Thanks to your support:
• 78 per cent of sport fans who saw the campaign considered that LGBTQ+ people are part of the sport community
• 66 per cent of fans who saw the campaign feel they have a responsibility to stick up for LGBTQ+ fans of the teams and sports they follow,
• As a result of seeing the campaign, 45 per cent of sports fans believe they would be more likely to challenge anti-LGBTQ+ language at live sport fixtures.
Sport is for all, so everyone is welcome, coming just as they are.
Laces have brought the awareness. Now we all need to bring the conversation.
Speak up for someone you know in the LGBTQ+ community.
Someone that matters.
What can we all do to make every person feel welcome?
It’s 2021. Let’s have the conversations to make the next game you attend a place for everyone.
Lace up. Make sport everyone’s game.