Tuesday 21st November 2017
The Rainbow Laces campaign, which runs from 24th November to 3rd December, will see national teams, leading clubs, top athletes, fans and grassroots players from across sport show their support for the LGBT community.
The Rainbow Laces campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game and ensure that LGBT people feel welcome and included, which is important when you consider that the Government estimates 3.9 million people or 6% of the population identify as lesbian, gay or bi in the UK.
During the Reds’ fixture against Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday 25th November, the captain will wear a rainbow armband, there will be Premier League bespoke rainbow branded ball plinths, pitch flags, handshake and timing boards, an article in the matchday programme, LED boards and a rainbow flag will be carried onto the pitch before kick-off by Red Neighbours’ local school children to demonstrate the club’s support.
Prior to kick-off Merseyside Police will have a hate crime stand situated in the LFC Fan Zone – Paisley Square staffed by a small number of police officers and cadets, and Paul Amann, Founder of the LGBT Fan Group Kop Outs, will be interviewed live on stage in LFC’s Fan Zone – Paisley Square at approx. 3:45pm about Rainbow Laces and Kop Outs. Members of the Kop Outs and Mersey Marauders FC will also be handing out rainbow laces to fans outside the stadium before kick-off.
Simon Thornton, Equality & Diversity Officer at Liverpool FC, commented: “We are proud to be supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign again this year and helping to promote inclusion, equality and diversity in sport. This is something that the Club is really passionate about and continues to work hard at making advances in.”
Kop Outs founder, Paul Amann, added “Having the Club and our captain supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign gives our anthem real meaning for LGBT people, and helps LGBT people be valued as part of the LFC family.”