The Rugby Football Union join Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign
Stonewall release a campaign video to explore LGBT abuse
Football and rugby will join together this weekend to support a campaign helping to raise awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fans and players.
The Rainbow Laces campaign aims to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes in sport.
Top-level rugby matches in England and Wales will also support the campaign while Wembley Arch will also be lit up in rainbow colours on Saturday.
“The Rugby Football Union is proud to support Stonewall and the Rainbow Laces campaign,” said RFU CEO Ian Ritchie.
“We believe rugby’s core values of respect, teamwork and sportsmanship resonate with what is at the heart of this important campaign.
“We are committed to ensuring that sport provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for all at every level and we look forward to working with Stonewall to raise awareness and tackle inequality on and off the field.”
As part of the Rainbow Laces week, Stonewall has produced a film featuring LGBT athletes and fans talking about the effect that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language has on those who watch and play sport.
The film features Team GB canoeing champion Matt Lister, Sophie Cook, club photographer for AFC Bournemouth, and former England and Team GB women’s football captain Casey Stoney, as well as coaches, fans and players – all of whom identify as lesbian, bi, gay or trans.