Burnley FC is proud to once again be supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign at the Clarets’ upcoming Liverpool FC fixture.
Stonewall is the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality and, this year, the charity is challenging fans and athletes to be ‘active allies’ and to play their part in ensuring LGBT people feel included in sport.
With the support of Burnley FC in the Community, Burnley FC will join all other Premier League clubs in celebrating the campaign at fixtures falling between 30th November and 5th December.
On Wednesday evening, the captain will wear the rainbow armband and you’ll see Bertie Bee and Burnley FC in the Community coaches sporting the rainbow laces.
The campaign forms an important part of the club’s ongoing commitment to making Turf Moor an equal and inclusive place for all LGBT Clarets fans. As well as backing Stonewall’s awareness-raising initiative, the club has now formed an LGBT Supporters’ Group and is actively working closely with key fans to drive positive change.
Mike Garlick, Chairman of Burnley FC, said: “Football has a unique power to bring people together and that’s why it’s so important for us as a club to back the great work of Stonewall and the Rainbow Laces campaign. We’re working hard to ensure our LGBT fans feel safe and welcome at Turf Moor and I hope our support of this initiative once again reiterates how committed we remain to that goal.”
Premier League Executive Director Bill Bush said: “Stonewall is an excellent partner for us and we value their ongoing work to support the League and our clubs in promoting diversity across the sport.
“Our clubs do fantastic work in this area to reinforce the message that football is for everyone. We are proud to be playing our part and to use our reach to celebrate the Rainbow Laces campaign.”
Kirsty Clarke, Director of Sport at Stonewall, said: “We always knew it would take more than a simple shoelace for sport to become a place where every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person can be themselves. There’s no pledge or charter that can guarantee everyone is accepted within sport. That kind of change comes from concentrated work, careful attention and a thought-through strategy. It is only through the dedication and commitment of powerful allies that sport will become everyone’s game.”
Statistics show that 43% of LGBT people think public sporting events aren’t a welcoming space for LGBT people (LGBT in Britain: Hate crime and discrimination, YouGov and Stonewall 2017).
We ask that all Clarets fans show that this isn’t the case at Turf Moor and will join us in celebrating Rainbow Laces on Wednesday – and every game beyond.
If you are an LGBT Burnley FC fan and you would like to be involved in our LGBT Supporters’ group, please contact Helen Gurman at firstname.lastname@example.org.